Locals blow froth on first locally-brewed pints from Scottish craft co, BrewDog

24 Mar 2020

Two years after announcing a A$30 million investment, Scottish craft beer company, BrewDog, has opened a flagship combined brewery–hospitality venue in Brisbane.

Located beside the Gateway Bridge on the Brisbane River, DogTap Brisbane includes a 25 hectolitre brewery and associated hospitality facilities. 

The company’s Australian brew team will make and sell a range of craft beers that are already available in Australia. They will also prepare Australian versions of classic beers for global markets.

‘DogTap Brisbane is one of the biggest and best bars we’ve ever created, and we’re so excited to open this amazing space,’ BrewDog co-founder James Watt told the Brisbane Times.

‘We’ve shipped BrewDog Headliner beers to Australia for nearly 10 years, but this new brewery will now give us the capacity to reach new corners of the country,’ he adds.

The Brisbane facility brings to five the number of breweries owned by BrewDog, adding to facilities in Scotland, London, Columbus (US) and Berlin. Currently, the company exports craft beers to 60 countries worldwide.

The DogTap venue includes a 3,000m2 brewhouse plus a large taproom, a visitor centre and a restaurant in the company’s distinctive urban-industrial design. It also incorporates a barrel-ageing facility to experiment with a local wood-aged range of flavours.

The design of the facility will allow the company to ramp up operations gradually, and offer both core-range and small-batch brews.

Following initial assistance and introductions by Austrade, Trade and Investment Queensland (TIQ), which is part of the Queensland Government, supported the BrewDog investment under the A$150m Advance Queensland Industry Attraction Fund.