Here’s some beer news that’ll get tails wagging: BrewDog, a Scottish company known for its provocative marketing, is opening a bar and restaurant with outdoor seating in East Liberty.
The edgy brand, which features beverages such as Punk IPA and the grapefruit-infused Elvis Juice, made its Pittsburgh debut in February. You can find their beer at Giant Eagle and some Kuhn’s supermarkets, and at eateries including Caliente Pizza & Draft House.
BrewDog will soon be serving it at their newest DogTap pub, coming to Centre Avenue at the Eastside Bond development across from Target. According to Herky Pollock, executive vice president of CBRE, the brewhouse will open in September.
“We are delighted,” Pollock says, “to have an international, highly acclaimed brewery coming to Eastside.”
In addition to beer, DogTap will serve specialty burgers, tacos and brunch at the new location. The site is expected to employ about 40 people.
James Watt and Martin Dickie founded BrewDog in Fraserburgh, Scotland in 2007 and now have 50 bars across the globe.
In 2017, BrewDog built a 100,000-square-foot brewery — complete with a taproom, museum and hotel — in Canal Winchester, Ohio, just outside of Columbus. The high-tech, environmentally friendly facility currently produces 110,000 barrels (more than 1.5 million cases) annually.
At full production capacity, the output will reach 550,000 barrels annually (more than 7.5 million cases).
There are currently two other DogTap pubs in the Columbus area — in Short North and Franklinton — and the company plans to debut others in Cincinnati and Indianapolis.
BrewDog is owned by more than 97,000 craft beer lovers who invested money through Equity for Punks (EFP). The crowdfunding campaign helped subsidize the Columbus brewery and expand distribution to 10 states. Backers earn discounts at BrewDog bars and the online shop, plus early access to new beer launches and bar openings. A second EFP crowdfunding campaign launched last August and raised $10 million by January 2019.
“We are a company that answers to the people,” says Keith Bennet, a BrewDog representative. “That is why during our last round of EFP, we made it our mission to endeavor to open a bar within the next 18 months in any city that has 500 or more investors at the end of the latest round of Equity for Punks USA.”
That includes you, Pittsburgh.