Scottish craft brewer Brewdog has scaled back its plans for a Brisbane brewery.
The revelation came last weekend during the brewery’s annual general meeting in Aberdeen, Brews News reports.
During the AGM Brewdog co-founder Martin Dickie said that work on the brewery was “well underway” and would be operational by the end of the year, but that it would be a 25 hectolitre system. When the brewery was first announced last year, it was to be a 50 hectolitre facility.
The news might be a disappointment to Brisbane Marketing, Austrade and the Queensland Government, whose collective support was acknowledged by Brewdog as essential to securing the Brisbane facility over interstate competitors.
Brews News publisher (and regular Broadsheet contributor) Matt Kirkegaard reached out to the Queensland Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning In February for an update on the project given its lengthy delays and some early indications that Brewdog may have scaled back its Brisbane plans.
“The department has not been advised of any variation to plans for this project,” a spokesperson told Kirkegaard.
“The current agreement between Brewdog and the department involves specific performance milestones which, if not met, can result in changes to this agreement.
“The department has received no information or indication that the brewery has been scaled back.”
The news follows significant delays on construction of the project. Originally scheduled to begin in July 2018, heavy machinery only moved on to the Murarrie site in December.
Brewdog global head of marketing Sophie More told the South-East Advertiser in January that the brewery was scheduled for completion as early as May.
“We are still aiming for Autumn 2019 to be up and running and are planning to host a community event at some point over the next few months with members of the BrewDog team to share updates of our journey and plans for opening,” she told the paper.
Brewdog originally announced Brisbane as the home of its Australian brewing operation in February last year. The news followed six months of scouting trips, meetings and feasibility studies, which eventually saw the Queensland capital edge out Newcastle as the chosen location for the brewery.
Brewdog’s investment was to total $30 million with the construction of a 50 hectolitre, 3000 square metre brewing and canning facility. A restaurant, taproom and visitor centre are also part of the project. According to Brews News’ reporting, the brewer has since confirmed on multiple occasions that its Brisbane brewery would be a 50 hectolitre operation.
No reason was given in the Brewdog AGM for the scaling back in size of its Brisbane brewery.