BrewDog is launching a new bar in Estonia’s capital city, Tallinn, this week — one of the first dedicated craft beer bars in the country.
Since BrewDog’s iconic Punk IPA became the first craft beer to be sold in the country back in 2011, Estonia’s craft beer movement has been gaining momentum.
The bar will serve the brewer’s signature headliner beers, including Punk IPA and Dead Pony Club, on draft, as well as championing both Estonian and international brewers across its 12 taps.
BrewDog Tallinn is located at Rotermanni 2, 10111 Tallinn, between the city’s old town and the 10th century harbour. The bar has been built inside a restored Estonian grain elevator, previously used for storing grains in the 1900s.
The interior has been designed by Raul Titus, one of Estonia’s most famous interiors architects, and has four preserved grain hoppers which hang from the ceiling.
The opening comes hot on the heels of BrewDog’s AGM, where the brewer announced significant international expansion plans, including new bar locations across Europe, starting with a flagship Paris location. Following Tallinn, the brewer will be opening a second site in Edinburgh as well as a third site in Glasgow within the coming months.
Tallinn marks the next stage in BrewDog’s European expansion, and plans are in place to establish a separate distribution network in Germany to grow its presence and promote craft beer across the continent.
BrewDog now exports to more than 60 countries and operates 16 international bars.
The brewer is also establishing itself in the US, where it has built its first international brewery in Columbus, Ohio, due to officially open later this year. In 2016 BrewDog launched its first US bar, DogTap, in Columbus, and will continue to expand its bar division in the country by opening two more venues in Columbus before the end of the year.
James Watt, co-founder of BrewDog, said: “This new bar is a momentous milestone in the craft beer revolution in Estonia. Since Punk IPA helped kick-start it all back in 2011, becoming the first craft beer that fans could get their hands on in the country, the beer scene has been slowly gaining momentum.
“Our supporters have been crying out for a bar for years now, and we can finally make that a reality. Not only will we be able to share our own beers with the city, but the bar will act as a platform to celebrate Estonia’s other awesome craft breweries.”
He added: “It’s always exciting to launch a new bar, but now feels like a particularly pertinent time. We nearly doubled our UK sales last year, which gives us a solid platform to expand our international reach even further.
“We’ve been building our presence on the continent since day one and by adding Tallinn to our list of European bars we’re reaching even more craft beer fans in the Baltic states. Tallinn is an incredibly exciting city, with a very keen craft beer community. This bar will help bring more exciting craft beers from around the world to this awesome, emerging beer scene.”