BrewDog to open airport and railway sites

By Nikkie Sutton

- Last updated on GMT

Transport hubs: airport and railway sites will include a range of BrewDog beers and rotating guest beers
Transport hubs: airport and railway sites will include a range of BrewDog beers and rotating guest beers
Scottish brewer and operator BrewDog has signed an exclusive partnership with hospitality business TRG Concessions to open bars in UK airports and railway stations.

Both companies will be exploring opportunities with a view to securing their first location at some point this year.

BrewDog currently has 32 bars in the UK and runs a further 17 franchised operations internationally. The Scottish operator also announced its plans to open an Australian brewery and headquarters on the Brisbane River in Murarrie, Queensland.

Big investment

The investment in the site will total AU$30m (£17m), including the construction of the 50,000hl, 3,000sqm brewing and canning facility, alongside a restaurant, taproom and visitor centre.

Construction is due to start in the second half of this year and beers are expected to be rolled out early next year.

The site will initially serve the Australian market, with the potential to export to Asia. BrewDog will be brewing beers such as Punk IPA, Dead Pony Club and Jet Black Heart as well as small-batch brews specifically for the regional market.

BrewDog co-founder James Watt said the encouragement he received from the craft beer movement when visiting Australia blew him away.

Across the UK

TRG, which currently operates a number of pubs and bars in UK airports, will be looking to open a number of locations across the country.

The bars will have the familiar look and feel of BrewDog craft beer bars, including a range of BrewDog–brewed beers and rotating guest beers from around the world, alongside an all-day food offer.

BrewDog and TRG will also be developing the first BrewDog breakfast menu bespoke for UK airports and railway stations.

TRG Concessions managing director Nick Ayerst said: “[We] are very excited to be working with BrewDog as a franchise partner and are looking forward to collaboratively opening craft beer bars in UK airports and railway stations.”

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