Scottish craft-brewing sensation BrewDog has announced plans to open its first Australian brewery at a riverside site in the Brisbane suburb of Murarrie.
BrewDog plans to build a $30 million production brewery and taproom on an 11,000m2 greenfield site in the Metroplex on Gateway complex.
Founded as a small business in north-east Scotland in 2007 by schoolfriends James Watt and Martin Dickie, BrewDog has gone from strength to strength around the world.
The company now operates 2 breweries in the UK and the US, runs more than 50 bars across the globe, and employs 800 staff members on their team.
Speaking at the announcement, Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said BrewDog’s decision to come to Queensland was a coup that would deliver economic benefits to Queenslanders.
‘BrewDog’s choice of Brisbane over other interstate locations to open its first brewery outside of the UK and the US is a strong vote of confidence in our state from one of the world’s most successful independent breweries,’ he said.
‘This project will begin generating jobs for Queenslanders immediately, with 60 construction jobs ready to roll and a total 235 jobs expected to be created by this project over the next 10 years, simultaneously supporting local jobseekers and fuelling the state’s economy for years to come.
‘The incentives our government is providing through our industry attraction fund were instrumental in BrewDog choosing to base its Australian operations here in South-East Queensland.’
BrewDog’s Australian director Zarah Prior said that support from the Queensland Government and Brisbane Marketing was a major factor in the company’s decision to come to Brisbane.
‘We’ve been so humbled by the support from local businesses as well as the local community who have shown a real passion for BrewDog to call Brissie home,’ she said.
‘It’s a city that’s on the brink of some incredible growth, and we can’t wait to be a part of that.’
TIQ played a key role in introducing BrewDog to Queensland, with staff from TIQ’s London office advising BrewDog about the Advance Queensland Industry Attraction Fund before the company’s visit to Australia in 2016 to scout for potential locations.
TIQ London staff later arranged for BrewDog management to meet with then Treasurer Curtis Pitt to discuss the project during Mr Pitt’s visit to London in September last year.
BrewDog will work with local developers NPD Property Group on construction of the brewery and taproom.
Attracting foreign direct investment to create jobs for Queenslanders is one of the key goals of the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.