Craft brewer six°north has chosen Glasgow as the location for its first bar outside of the North East of Scotland.
The business, founded by restaurateur and beer aficionado owner Robert Lindsay, has opened its new venue at 566 Dumbarton Road in the city’s Partick district.
The bar – which features its six°north beers as well as guest beers from across the world – is the group’s third venue and marks its first foray outside of the North East of Scotland. The move has been supported by the Royal Bank of Scotland.
Commenting on the Glasgow expansion, Robert Lindsay said: “We’re excited about this move.
“This has been something we’ve been working on for some time and we felt Glasgow was the right place.
“We produce Belgian style beers and there has been a strong appetite for what we do in the North East and further afield. Glasgow supports a number of independent brewers so we’re sure there will be interest in what we produce too.”
Close to £1m has been invested in the new project.
Robert’s interest in brewing began whilst living in Belgium, where he fell in love with Belgian style beers and the process involved in their manufacture.
Following his return home, he launched a brewery at the Marine Hotel in Stonehaven. Including Glasgow, the business now operates three bars and the breweries. The business employs 75 people.
Plans are underway to open another venue in the central belt, potentially in Edinburgh.
He said: “The market is strong for craft brewers. Customers are looking for something different and provenance is important to them.
“There’s also a difference in how independent brewers operate too. It isn’t enough to stock just your own ranges – it is important to offer choice and show people what is out there. In Glasgow we can stock up to 30 guest beers at one time – brewers help introduce customers to other varieties and ranges.”
Martin Ramsay, relationship director with the Royal Bank of Scotland’s corporate and commercial team in Aberdeen, worked with Robert on the Glasgow development.
He said: “Craft breweries are important aspects of the lifestyle and food and drink sectors.
“Robert is passionate about what he does and we are delighted to have been able to support six°north’s expansion.
“His investment is good for the local area and will help foster job creation and activity.
“We are delighted to have been able to support Robert as the business has developed and we wish him every success with his new Glasgow operation.”