BrewDog has officially received the green light from the city council to begin construction of its $30m brewery in Murarrie, Brisbane.
The development includes the construction of a 50hl, 3,000 square metre brewing and canning facility, as well as a restaurant, taproom and visitor centre.
BrewDog announced in February 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. 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 beers such as Punk IPA, Dead Pony Club and Elvis Juice. It will also brew small-batch beers with local ingredients from the southern hemisphere. Production volume is expected to gradually rise up to 10 million litres per year over the first few years.
The launch of BrewDog Australia is expected to generate 150 jobs in the Brisbane area over the next five years, and the brewery is already recruiting for a head of production. Further vacancies will be announced at brewdog.com/aus
Earlier this year, BrewDog Australia teamed up with Beer & BBQ Fest to collaborate with five leading craft beer breweries in Australia. BrewDog’s longest standing brewer, Franz Horak, flew over and travelled across the country for ten days to brew five inventive beers that will be released at festivals from June 29 to July 1 in Sydney, and July 6-8 in Adelaide.
The collaborations took place at Mismatch Brewing Co in Adelaide, Green Beacon in BrewDog’s new hometown of Brisbane, Batch Brewing Co in Sydney, Capital Brewing in Canberra, and Hop Nation in Melbourne.
Zarah Prior, director of BrewDog Australia, said:“We are incredibly excited to kick things off properly here in Australia by starting construction on our riverfront property in Murarrie.
“We are here to deliver fresh BrewDog beer to the people of Australia, to share our experiences from the past 11 years, and collaborate with the incredible local beer scene. Today, we are one step closer to realising this mission.”