Goodbye Fraserburgh

A farewell to our oldest friend.

Goodbye Fraserburgh

This is a sad day. Today is the day that we announce we will soon be closing the doors on what some may know as the Dystopian Puppet Hobby Centre. Our brewery in Fraserburgh.

Fraserburgh is where it all started in 2007. Where we invested our life savings into our first ever stainless steel tanks. Where we mashed in for the first time and, like kids in a candy shop, eagerly pored over what hops we would use in our first ever brew.


Where we brewed the very first batch of Punk IPA (containing such surprise ingredients as James's car keys, mobile phone and a mercury thermometer. Not ideal.). Where we hired our first helping hands. Where friendships were made for life. Where Bracken became the first ever Brew Dog. Where we lost an entire batch of 5am Saint, but managed to capture it on CCTV for your entertainment. Where everyone who works at BrewDog today learned the ropes. Where we collaborated with some of the most inspiring, enigmatic breweries on planet Earth. Where we first barrel aged our beers. Where we first freeze distilled our beers. Where we first stuffed our beers inside taxidermied animals. Where we were issued cease and desists from the Portman group, and where we laughed (sometimes unwisely...) in the face of bureaucracy and regulation.

Where an idea for a revolution manifested itself. Where it grew into an army of craft beer loving madcap brewers. And where we will always call our home.


Fraserburgh is where BrewDog was born. It has weathered the storms of the North Sea and kept us safe and warm...ok that's a and cold for our first few years. But it is time to close the doors and say goodbye to our old friend.


But the sadness is laced with excitement for what this means for the future.

Today might be a sad day. But it is also an incredibly exciting day.

With the imminent opening of our brand new visitor centre and pilot brewing kit on site in Ellon, we will still be brewing loads of small batch, weird, whacky, bizarre and beautiful craft beers, but we'll be consolidating all our sites into one happy family rather than spread out across the North East coast of Scotland. 

We will be moving the first ever mash tun from Fraserburgh to London and installing it in our Dalston Brewing Academy, so the students there will be learning to brew on the kit we started our brewery with.

We will be ramping up the craft beer revolution, and Fraserburgh, we promise we'll do you proud.

Thank you Fraserburgh, and goodnight.


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Comments (27)

AP 7th April, 2014 6:22pm
Glad to have been part of it. Good memories, Hardcore NZ after night shift was a blast
Kai 7th April, 2014 11:34am
Pretty glad I got to see the place and even experience brewing there. The bits of things Id seen in blogs and other BrewDog materials were dotted around the place, and hard as it was to imagine the business starting in that wind-swept industrial park, it exuded a love for what you were doing at the time, and continue to do now!
Patrik B. 6th April, 2014 9:03am
Happy memories! First visit back in -08..friends for life!
Scotiabrocher 6th April, 2014 4:24am
My family moved to the States fae the Broch when I was 2 1/2 years old. I fell in love with your brew here in Detroit, Michigan. The last time I was home was for my Grans funeral right around the time you started. Wish I could have stopped by. Yours Aye & Lang Mey Yer Lum ReekGraham Strachan
TC 5th April, 2014 12:28am
Miss nightshifts, post-work-hardcores on the beach, b&bs and fish & chips.
Charlotte 4th April, 2014 7:26pm
My hands will be considerably warmer from now on.
Mich 4th April, 2014 7:13pm
Very sad for Fraserburgh to lose u! But all the best for the future! :-)
Fairzo 4th April, 2014 5:46pm
Sad news. Only been there once - first shareholder brewday - but memories that will last a lifetime. Tokyo Rising Sun Highland this evening I think.
Jimmy Self 4th April, 2014 3:11pm
Is that George?
Hopsinjoor 4th April, 2014 2:38pm
I remember spending a couple of days up there when I started working at the Manchester bar. It was an amazing experience, and I got to learn an awful lot from some amazing people who took my passion for beer and made it a full on obsession.For that, I will always, always, have love for you guys. I shall raise a glass in your honour tonight. Thanks.
Coty042 4th April, 2014 2:36pm
I remember a damn cold December 2010 (AGM time) and visiting Fraserburgh with its never shut door and pipes and tubing everywhere. Punk IPA was flowing from a makeshift tap and James was reminding us that phones etc do not belong in the brew! How far we have come. Love hops and live the dream. RIP Fraserburgh.
taldeital 4th April, 2014 2:20pm
The Broch is the most important piece in my life as a brewer. Without that brewhouse, now I couldve been just a regular, boring and mediocre brewer. BrewDog once, BrewDog forever.Miss you all, guys. All the best, Danilo.
heather burgess 4th April, 2014 1:42pm
good luck to you guys from your former cleaner x
Lahdee26 4th April, 2014 1:01pm
Ye can take the brewery out of the Broch, but yell never take the Broch out of the brewery ;)
HopZine Rob 4th April, 2014 12:47pm
A sad day indeed. I had an incredible time when I visited The Broch. A real honour to create and help brew a beer there. Great memories
Paul F 4th April, 2014 12:35pm
Sad news but Fraserburgh will become a shrine to Brewdog lovers.Looking forward to coming up to Ellon brewery, after the AGM though :)
OyvindGG 4th April, 2014 12:24pm
Fare thee well, Fraserburgh!
Lorna D 4th April, 2014 12:22pm
The Broch will miss you as well. All good wishes and success at Ellon and looking forward to visit and picking up a few cases in the shop.
Pete H., Nottm 4th April, 2014 12:10pm
OMG. Is it really 7 years since I first tried Punk IPA, and then had to look on a map to find where Fraserburgh was !!The end of an era ......But, hopefully a new beginning. Like a phoenix rising from the flames ........
Yvan 4th April, 2014 12:07pm
Have fond memories of visiting BrewDog in Fraserburgh - three times in fact. Met some good brew-folk there. A poignant moment in the companys history... but onward and upward! I still havent seen the Ellon brewery... one day.
Murilo Foltran 4th April, 2014 12:04pm
The place where I brought 14 bottles from Brazil and did a huge tasting with the crew. Its also the city where I had the best fish and chips ever. Good luck guys!
Ram Man 4th April, 2014 11:35am
Martin looks like Paulo Nutini in that last pic. Just sayin :)
chazzb 4th April, 2014 11:32am
Is it any coincidence that while Dickie and Bowman have significantly less hair in that photo, James has exactly the same amount?
Davewat1 4th April, 2014 11:10am
Well done for so far, dont let the suits break you down for their pennethworth, GOOD LUCK
Wolverine 4th April, 2014 10:59am
Totes emosh.Tonight I drink in your honour!
Emma T 4th April, 2014 10:45am
This is so sad but awesome news for Dalston! Whens it opening??
CRYING! 4th April, 2014 10:44am
Oh my god you guys. So emotional