Scottish craft brewery BrewDog is to open a new bar at the former Athenaeum site at 5-9 Union Street in Aberdeen’s Castlegate area.
The launch, which marks the second BrewDog venue in Aberdeen city-centre, will bring Scotland’s tally of BrewDog sites up to nine.
BrewDog Castlegate will play host to 16 beer taps, and 250 bottles in the on-site BottleDog – offering ever-thirsty beer lovers an unrivalled range of takeaway brews from a mixture of international, locally-sourced, and small-batch offerings.
BrewDog Castlegate is also joined on Union Street by a brand new, subterranean craft beer hub, UnderDog. Based at the former SNAFU, UnderDog will offer up the best eclectic mixes, live music and events.
BrewDog co-founder, James Watt said:
“We’ve had a stratospherically awesome year, smashing records throughout 2015, and inspiring craft beer revolutions in all corners of the globe. We wanted to end the year with a bang, and what better way than opening a ninth venue in our home country, and another in London, notching up seven venues in the capital. Our loyal beer punks are constantly on the look out for our next opening and eight years into this adventure, we’re still doing everything possible to reward this continued allegiance.”
BrewDog’s phenomenal success in the craft beer scene has resulted in the opening of 41 bars worldwide since its first venue launched in Aberdeen in 2010, and the conversion of thousands to craft beer. BrewDog’s popularity is in part down to its game-changing crowdfunding scheme, Equity for Punks, the fourth round of which opened in April this year.
James Watt continued:
“Our 35,000-strong army of equity punks has propelled us forwards this year, enabling us to keep opening bars in exciting places, bringing craft beer to the people, and expanding into the US (with our new brewery in Ohio). When we first turned the business model on its head with the launch of Equity For Punks, we did it with the aim of shortening the distance between the people who make our beer and the people who drink it. We’re now in our fourth round of crowdfunding, and we’re cresting an unstoppable wave of craft beer fever sweeping the universe – long live craft!”
Over 35,000 shareholders have invested more than £20million over four rounds of Equity for Punks to date, which is more money taken through crowdfunding than any other business on record. The money raised will fund new bar openings across the globe, including the brewery’s first bar in Germany, located in Berlin, a bar in Norwich, and a new brewery in Ohio, USA. With an increased annual turnover of 63 per cent to over £29.6million in 2014, compared to £18million in 2013, potential investors can find out more about investing by visiting the BrewDog website or picking up an application form in any BrewDog bar.