The Scottish-based brewing business known as BrewDog (perhaps you’ve seen their Esquire TV show) has been building its $30 million American base of operations on a 42-acre site near Columbus, Ohio, for a while now. Plans were to maybe have beer production beginning in mid- to late-2016, but shit happens, and things get delayed. Such is life. Such is brewing. Such is business.
According to an article in The Canal Winchester Times (the actual city where BrewDog USA will be based), the brewery hopes to have its taproom and restaurant open by February and beer brewing at the facility by April. Also, BrewDog USA’s first brewpub, slated for the Franklinton neighborhood in Columbus, is now being speculated to open in 2018.
Recent momentum on the project was enough to draw company co-founder James Watt to central Ohio to spend two weeks figuring how to overcome the hurdles that remain in order for BrewDog to launch in the U.S.
“It feels good,” Watt said of the 100,000-square-foot project. “It will feel better when we hook up some tanks and are making beer.”
Watt admitted that the delays, late equipment and the Brexit vote — which caused the collapse of the British pound against the U.S. dollar — caused a bit of concern.
BrewDog also has a good update in its December blog, which is on its U.S. website about the facility’s progress with a lot of cool photos.
The long and the short of it is that our 100,000 square foot production facility in Columbus is going great guns. Since the last update the custom-built Esau & Hueber kit has arrived on site and is being joined together — literally every day something new arrives or is connected! The 200 HL/170 Barrel system is almost there, we have the mash and lauter tuns in place, the bright tanks ready to go and the first dozen fermenters have been delivered, pointed skywards, and installed. There’s plenty to work on though, keeping our amazing construction engineers busy!