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BrewDog commits to designating two draft beer taps in each of its UK bars exclusively for local breweries




Independent craft brewer, BrewDog, has unveiled the launch of Local Tap, an initiative that will see the Scottish brewery and bar operator officially dedicate two taps in each of its UK bars to pour beer exclusively brewed by local breweries.

  • Each of BrewDog’s 43 UK bars will be showcasing the diverse, innovative and exciting local brewing talent of each city for dedicated craft beer fans to savour and support. 
  • BrewDog has a long history of supporting and collaborating with local breweries. In 2012, the brewery launched #Collabfest, an annual, multi-venue craft beer festival that sees every BrewDog bar join forces with a local up-and-coming independent brewery. 
  • Staff at each BrewDog bar work with their local brewers to develop and brew a limited-edition beer, which is then released alongside brews from all other BrewDog bars at every participating BrewDog venue simultaneously for craft beer fans to enjoy. 
  • Last year’s #Collabfest marked the brewery’s most expansive and audacious to date, taking place in 52 BrewDog bars across 37 cities in 12 countries. It was also the first year the festival took place over four days instead of three, due to the unprecedented demand for the broad range of beers on offer in previous years. 
  • Earlier this year, BrewDog launched UK Craft Beer Fest, a 5-week festival, currently live between from February 7th to March 16th, in which all beers served at BrewDog bars will have been brewed, conditioned and kegged in the UK. 
  • In celebration of the launch, BrewDog is giving local businesses the opportunity to be in with a chance of winning £100 worth of Brew Bucks to redeem at their local bar. 
  • BrewDog’s bars will each select 10 lucky businesses who will be able to take their teams to their local BrewDog venue and exchange their Brew Bucks for a selection of BrewDog’s wide range of craft beer, including inimitable favourites such as Dead Pony Club, Lost Lager and flagship beer Punk IPA, as well as dishes from the classic BrewDog food menu. Businesses can apply for Brew Bucks here:
      • The Local Tap breweries featured in each city are: 
      • Aberdeen - Fierce & Cromarty, 6 Degrees North & Reid Brewing
      • Birmingham - GlassHouse Beer Co & Burning Soul Brewing Co 
      • Bristol - Moor, Good Chemistry & Left Handed Giant
      • Cardiff - Beer Riff & Rival Brew Co. & Crafty Devil
      • Carlisle - Hawkshead Brewery & Tractor Shed Brewing
      • Dundee - Dead End Brew Machine &Fallen & Pilot
      • Edinburgh - Campervan, Stewarts & Cross Borders, Stewart Brewing
      • Glasgow - Dead End Brew Machine & Up Front Brewing
      • Leicester - Langton
      • Leeds - Ridgeside, Zapato
      • London - 40FT, Gipsy Hill, Brick brewery, Hackney Brewery, Hammerton Brewery, Orbit, Brewheadz, Howling Hops, The Kernel, Weird Beard, Big Smoke Brew Co.,Gipsy, Five Points, Pressure Drop, bbno
      • Liverpool - Black Lodge, Neptune, Chapter & Top Rope
      • Manchester - Cloudwater & Wander Beyond
      • Milton Keynes - Blackened Sun & Mad Squirrel
      • Newcastle - Donzoko, Wylam & Northern Alchemy
      • Nottingham - Black Iris & Liquid Light
      • Norwich - Duration, Three Blind Mice, Ampersand, All Day Brewing, Burnt Mill, Little Earth Project & Nene Valley
      • Oxford - Double Barrelled
      • Perth - Abernyte & Stewart Brewing
      • Reading - Siren Craft Brew, Wild Weather Ales, Double-Barrelled Brewery & Lovibonds Brewery
      • Sheffield - Beer Ink, Lost industry, Abbeydale, Steel City & Heist craft
      • Southampton - Unity Brewing Co
      • Stirling - Fallen & Tempest
      • York - Turning Point & Brass Castle 
  • For more detail on specific beers and breweries pouring from a specific venue on any given day, visit

“The UK is home to some of the most distinctive, daring independent breweries in the world, and we’re proud to be giving them a platform in this new phase of the craft beer revolution.

The best way to topple the stranglehold mega-breweries have on British beer culture is by championing the amazing beers being created by independent breweries in towns and cities across the country.

We hope Local Tap brings about a sea change in what people expect from beer. We’re encouraging other bars and pubs to do the same and join us in endorsing and promoting local talent and local business.”

BrewDog co-founder James Watt