Scottish craft brewer, BrewDog, has officially received the green light from the Brisbane City Council to begin construction of its $30m brewery in Murarrie, Brisbane. The development includes the construction of a 50hl, 3,000 sqm brewing and canning facility as well as a restaurant, taproom and visitor centre.
BrewDog announced in February of this year that it had settled on Brisbane as the home of its Australian headquarters. The development application was submitted mid-March and this week it was presented to the local council who gave their support for the development.
In building a brewery in Australia, BrewDog is shortening the distance between the people who make their beer and the people who drink it, ensuring Australians have access to the freshest BrewDog beer possible.
Brisbane City Council’s approval of BrewDog’s development application means that the brewery is now on schedule to start construction in July of this year.The building is due to be completed by the end of 2018, and the first Brisbane-brewed BrewDog beer should be released in the first quarter of 2019.
The brewery is planning a major launch party with the local community and fans from far and wide. Initially, the Brisbane brewery will focus on BrewDog’s core range, with world-famous beers such as Punk IPA, Dead Pony Club and Elvis Juice.
The brewery will also brew small batch beers with local ingredients from the Southern Hemisphere. Production volume is expected gradually rise up to 10 million litres per year over the first few years. The company has said that the launch of BrewDog Australia is expected to generate 150 jobs in the Brisbane area over the next 5 years.
Zarah Prior, director of BrewDog Australia said, “We couldn’t be happier to set up our brewing operation in the awesome area of Murarrie. We’ve seen incredible support from the local community, local brewers, and council in both Brisbane and the wider QLD region.”
Councillor Ryan Murphy (Doboy) said, “The local area of Murarrie and Cannon Hill don’t have a single pub in either suburb, now we’re getting the biggest brewery in all of Brisbane – residents are over the moon about this.”