If you happen to be staying in Aberdeen take a trip to the Brewdog brewery located in Ellon,16 miles to the North. You will learn about the story of how two young entrepreneurs and a dog revolutionized the world of craft beer in the UK.
It is a fun and tasty experience you should consider!
From an idea to the revolution
Two Scottish friends passionate about craft beer and bored about the poor-quality mainstream options around decided to get to together and start brewing their own. In April 2007 they launched for the first time after brewing a small batch, which they sold in local markets.
In less than one-year things escalated, and the brewery caught the media's attention after its creation of Tokyo – the strongest beer ever made in the UK. It was banned there, but slowly this hard work helped them export their beer to other countries like the US, Japan, and Sweden.
They quickly became the fastest growing independent brewery in the UK and they were top-sellers in Scandinavia. In only ten years they grew to more than 1000 employees, got 70,000 shareholders and opened 46 bars.
No wonder, they marked the sixth record in the Sunday Times Fast Track 100 companies' list!
The Punk IPA was the first beer the team at BrewDog launched in 2007 when the brand was born. It is a full-flavored explosion of tropical fruit with a bitter finish state, worth of a great IPA. The Dead Pony Club is a US-inspired pale ale, while the Jet-Black heart is a smooth black stout.
Their newest addition is the Clockwork Tangerine – an IPA with a caramel background.
Take the tour
The tour known as the Dogwalk takes visitors to the original brewhouse as well as to the new warehouse, the Lone Wolf distillery, and the headquarters office. Be ready to spot some of the cutest dogs that belong to the staff.
During the tour, you will learn about the brewing process' 6 fundamental steps that make this amazing beer: mashing, lautering, boiling, fermentation, conditioning, and packaging.
It promises to be an exclusive tour where you'll see things that have never revealed to the public, so you better don't miss out on it!
Keep in mind
The tour lasts about 1:30 and includes 4 tastings. Make sure to make a reservation on their website.
Sandals or flip-flops in the brewery are not allowed. Bing shoes that will cover your feet at all times.
Pub around the corner
If you enjoyed the beer, stop by the first-ever opened BrewDog pub in Aberdeen to sample some more!
When they opened their pub in London, they did it in style by driving through Camden High Street in this massive war tank.