More space to paint sharks: our expansion plans

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More space to paint sharks: our expansion plans

Why stand still? We are on a mission. 

We are really excited to share the plans for the latest phase of our expansion at our new Ellon HQ. These plans are going to help us brew more beer, share our passion for great craft beer and quite possible save the world with hops.

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Despite the big investment we recently made in our new brewery we are still struggling to keep up with the demand for our hardcore craft beers. Luckily we bought the site next to our current one over a year ago so we already have space we can expand into. Furthermore, all the new equipment at the brewery was bought with expansion in mind. Our state of the art Brew-House, our amazing new bottling line and our life affirmingly brilliant new centrifuge were all bought with an eye (or potentially multiple eyes) on the future. All we need to expand our capacity are more fermentation tanks which we can plug into our system and more floor space to operate in.

The Official Opening of the New Brewery!

We are now at the final stages of planning for our new 4000 square metre building complete with pilot brewery, visitor centre and a rock 'n roll BrewDog shop to boot. We will hopefully have the project complete by the end of 2013. A separate part of the project will also see an initial addition of 8x600HL fermentation tanks in Summer 2013 with 8 further fermentation tanks arriving later in the year further expanding our production capabilities.


This phase of our development will see us invest a further £5m in north east Scotland over the next 36 months and employ over 30 more people. Screw the recession. 

The new building will host a BrewDog visitor centre offering tours of the new brewery whilst also promoting education and better understanding of beer. In addition we will open a BrewDog shop as part of the visitor centre offering growler fills, a range of BrewDog and guest bottles and merchandise. The pilot plant will be used for new recipe development and also interactive and open brewing sessions. We plan on having monthly open days where people can come and help us make some awesome beers and learn all about brewing in the process.


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Oh and the expansion is actually because we need more space for awesome sharks. Just don't tell anyone.

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Comments (18)

2 lost Americans, 1 back in the states 27th February, 2013 12:35pm
Zarah, my bad. I totally omitted you from the last posting, as it was a pleasure meeting you to.BD is fortunate to have a lovely lady to keep all of the testeron in check.We'll continue drinking your beer over here. I will at least and once Lent is over, the other one as well.The building looks lovely. Sharks gotta have more room to swim and beer drinkers gotta have more great beer to drink!
Zarah 27th February, 2013 10:33am
Tom Aitken- it would be best to get in touch via email closer to the time. Email me at zarah@brewdog.comThanks
... 27th February, 2013 3:22am
Martin & Franz, it was a pleasure meeting you guys last Thursday evening at BrewDog Aberdeen.Signed,2 lost Americans in Aberdeen
Scott M 26th February, 2013 6:52pm
Well i know where i will be buying my beer from great news for my local town
Tom Aitken 26th February, 2013 6:16pm
Hi I would like to know if its possible to visit the brewery on any given day between the 8th and 15th June?
Jamie 26th February, 2013 12:36pm
Hopefully another chance to invest in Equity for punks!
TheBBG 26th February, 2013 7:53am
Sounds great.How is this going to be funded - will there be an EFP3...?
Eric 26th February, 2013 3:08am
Does this mean that you need more of our money! Missed out on the last Equity for Punks and would love the chance to get involved!
David Wilson 25th February, 2013 8:15pm
Great news! Looking forward to stopping at the shop on my way home.
Philuren 25th February, 2013 7:56pm
Bring it on, can't wait for the shop, reckon I will be a regular just living round the corner :-)
Fanboy Puppy Lover 25th February, 2013 5:54pm
Great news that the beers are so in demand! I wasn't expecting expansion onto the other half of the site so soon. Any news on the farmers field you bought for the very first brewery plans which fell through?
Pete H., Nottm 25th February, 2013 12:39pm
Looks great.I'll be up in Aberdeen in the middle of June, and I'm hoping to have time for a visit to Ellon as well.Keep on hoppin' in the real world ....--
Vambo 25th February, 2013 10:48am
This is great news. Soon I will be able to replenish my stocks whilst walking the dog (not a euphemism)...
Ian Prise 25th February, 2013 10:31am
James- That's good. Original plan looked like a massive cattle shed!
LocalLad91 25th February, 2013 10:23am
Great news, the community needs more guys like you!
BrewDog James 25th February, 2013 10:21am
Ian - we have changed the plans and are in the process of having planning approve the ammended application.
Ian Prise 25th February, 2013 10:07am
The plans on the blog look quite a bit different from the plans that have been approved on the Aberdeenshire Council website. What's going on?
Captain Dirto 25th February, 2013 9:36am
Monday just got 1000% better! Can't wait for the shop and tours. Brew Mecca.