Boozy accom an Aussie first as craft beer hotel confirmed

BrewDog Brisbane is one of their most successful sites globally and a blueprint for ANZ expansion

Australia will soon be home to its first craft beer hotel, thanks to BrewDog Australia.

The craft beer trailblazer announced the exciting development of accommodation as part of its ambitious two-year blueprint for expansion, including the launch of several new sites across the country and New Zealand by 2023.

Since its launch in 2019, BrewDog Brisbane has become one of BrewDog’s most successful sites globally and the blueprint reveals a staged plan to make it Australia’s ultimate beer destination.

BrewDog Brisbane

Alongside plans to open a second BrewDog bar site in Brisbane and its first in Sydney, the blueprint reveals plans to open BrewDog bars in Melbourne, Perth and Auckland – complete with micro brewing facilities so locals can enjoy freshly brewed beers on site.

BrewDog has also revealed exciting plans to open the country’s first-ever eco-friendly craft beer hotel, The DogHouse Brisbane, that will cater to both human and canine guests. Following on from the success of The DogHouse in Columbus, Ohio – TIME Magazine named it as one of the Greatest Places on Earth in 2019 – The DogHouse Brisbane will be equipped with shower beer fridges and hotel-room draft beer taps filled with fresh Aussie-brewed Punk IPA.

Ed Bott, BrewDog’s ANZ CEO, said: “We are extremely grateful for the outstanding support we have received in Australia since we landed Down Under. It’s been a pretty wild ride so far, but we have ambitious plans for Australia and New Zealand, building a fast-paced sustainable business that can be a force for good.

We can’t wait to bring our relentless obsession with incredible craft beer to the rest of the country and for our Punks to be able to head to their local BrewDog bar and get their paws on our freshly brewed Aussie beers.

BrewDog was born with the aim to revolutionise the beer industry and redefine beer-drinking culture. The first carbon-negative beer business in the world with the ambition to become the world’s most sustainable beer business, BrewDog is owned by thousands of craft beer lovers across the world who have all invested in the brewery’s pioneering ‘Equity for Punks’ crowdfunding program. These 180,000+ ‘Equity Punks’ are the brewery’s heart and soul.

After releasing the blueprint for its expansion Down Under, BrewDog has now extended its pioneering crowdfunding initiative, Equity for Punks, until March 31 in Australia to give more beer lovers the opportunity to shape the future of the Australian-owned company. They have also opened up the raise to New Zealand.

Bott said the response to the current raise in Australia had exceeded the initial $300,000 target and is currently sitting at over $600,000 with over 900 investors to date. The raise is now scheduled to close on 31 March 2021, with every single dollar raised used to sustainably fuel BrewDog’s growth across both countries and fund investment in groundbreaking, high-impact green projects to help build a more sustainable future.

Aussie beer drinkers who want to see a BrewDog bar open in their town can help speed up the process by participating in the brand’s pioneering crowdfunding initiative, Equity for Punks. The brewer has also confirmed that if more than 500 Equity Punks join from the same city before the current raise closes on March 31, they will open a BrewDog bar there within the next three years.

Changes are already underway at the Brisbane beer campus, adding a larger outdoor seating area with shaded seating on the riverside terrace before they expand the brewery to install a pasteuriser that will help expand its AF (alcohol-free) beer range and an additional packaging line. Next, they will upgrade the taproom adding 100m2 of private event space, expanded walk-in takeaway shop and larger kitchen space.

BrewDog plans to fuel its growth by employing eight full-time sales reps across Australia and New Zealand, increasing its product line and launching a number of special limited edition collaborations. The first, a European collaboration with the kings of Manchester, Cloudwater, was released last month, and they are also working on releasing their alcohol-free beer range as soon as possible. Starting with Nanny State, the range will be expanded later this year with Punk AFAbout BrewDog

“Since 2007 BrewDog has been on a mission to make other people as passionate about great craft beer as we are. From the Headliner series, which includes bold, uncompromising pack leaders like the flagship Punk IPA, to the Amplified range (beer, but turned up to 11), BrewDog brews beer that blows people’s minds and has kick-started a revolution.”

Co-Founder James Watt and Martin Dickie shook up the business world in 2010 with the launch of pioneering crowdfunding initiative Equity for Punks, an initiative that has seen the company raise £85m, with their first raise in Australia live from December 2020.

The funds and the community of Equity Punk shareholders (180,000) has enabled the Scottish craft brewery to scale up without selling out. With over 103 bars across the globe, export into 60 countries, and a brewery in Ohio that launched in 2017, BrewDog continues to take the craft beer revolution stratospheric, whilst continuing to push the boundaries, invest in people, put the beer first, and champion other small breweries in its venues.

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