Craft beer maker BrewDog claims top spot in UK

BrewDog co-founders James Watt, left, and Martin Dickie
BrewDog co-founders James Watt, left, and Martin Dickie
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BrewDog today claimed to have become the number one craft brewery in the UK after toasting soaring sales.

The Aberdeenshire beer maker, which has launched more than 40 bars globally since its formation in 2007 and now exports to 55 countries, said turnover had risen by 52 per cent last year to £45 million.

It hailed UK sales growth of 130 per cent last year and said its “stratospheric rise” over the past five years had resulted in it shipping the equivalent of 41 million bottles of beer in 2015.

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The firm said its “Equity for Punks” crowdfunding initiative was bank-rolling its expansion, with both a distillery and US brewery due to open their doors in 2016.

Co-founder James Watt said: “2015 was a great year for BrewDog in and of itself, but it was also about laying the foundations for the next five years of growth.

“We built an amazing new brewery in Ellon, increasing our capacity there five-fold, and we also started building an amazing new brewery in Columbus, Ohio. At the start of 2015 our total annual capacity was 160,000 hectolitres. By the end of 2016 our total annual brewhouse capacity will be 1.5 million hectolitres.”