Georgia’s Scofflaw Brewing today announced plans to begin contract brewing with Scottish craft beer maker BrewDog.
The fast-growing Atlanta-based craft brewery, which recently announced plans to expand its production capabilities to 30,000 barrels, will take advantage of excess capacity at BrewDog’s new 100,000 sq. ft. Ohio brewery until a new brewhouse is installed in March.
“James (Watt) and Tim (Hawn) have offered us a bridge,” Scofflaw co-founder Matt Shirah said via a press release.
The two companies have inked a one-year agreement, that will enable Scofflaw to “radically improve” its canning capacity.
“We can, no pun intended, continue to produce beer and simultaneously build out our third expansion,” Shirah added.
Once fully scaled, BrewDog’s Ohio brewery will be capable of producing 850,000 barrels of beer annually.
Scofflaw said it plans to outsource production of its Basement IPA, Double Jeopardy Imperial IPA and Hooligan IPA offerings, with initial shipments slated to land in the Georgia market in early January. A collaboration brew is also planned.
As it ramps up production at BrewDog, Scofflaw said it is working to develop a “more sophisticated” canning solution in Atlanta.
A press release with additional details is included below.
ATLANTA (Dec. 7, 2017) – Scofflaw Brewing Company today announced a new partnership agreement with BrewDog, the internationally renowned craft brewer. The agreement will give Georgia-based Scofflaw access to the brewing and canning operation at BrewDog USA’s new state-of-the-art U.S. headquarters near Columbus, Ohio.
Scofflaw will use exclusive access to the eco-friendly Ohio brewery to expand production of its canned beer for distribution in Georgia. The one-year agreement enables BrewDog to utilize excess brewing capacity while the company, which is celebrated for its punk branding and craft beer advocacy, builds its U.S. market.
The agreement was reached by James Watt, co-founder and CEO at BrewDog, and Matt Shirah, co-founder and president of Scofflaw, which recently announced an expansion that will increase capacity to 30,000 barrels annually at its Atlanta brewery. Scofflaw Brewmaster Travis Herman and Tim Hawn, the recently named COO for BrewDog USA, will coordinate the brewing.
“James and Tim have offered us a bridge,” said Shirah, “one that will allow us to radically improve our canning capacity and capabilities. We can, no pun intended, continue to produce beer and simultaneously build out our third expansion. We are also working to develop our own, more sophisticated Atlanta-based canning operation. Our current draft production facility and tasting room will stay in place and where it belongs, on Atlanta’s Westside.”
“Since opening earlier this year, our brewery in Ohio is now up and running and firing on all cylinders,” said Watt. “When we started work on it back in 2015, we built it with expansion in mind, so it’s awesome be able to use some of the excess capacity we currently have to help out Scofflaw. The beer scene in America is so inclusive and eclectic and it’s been exciting to join the raft of amazing breweries out here. Our partnership with Scofflaw shows how supportive the scene can be, and we’re excited to be able to sip some Scofflaw beers in our very own DogTap in Ohio!”
The agreement will incorporate additional projects, including a collaboration beer and Scofflaw beers poured at the Columbus brewery’s DogTap bar and restaurant.
“The BrewDog and Scofflaw brands share an independent, brash attitude as well as a passion for brewing high quality, creative craft beers,” said Shirah. “Given BrewDog’s new state-of-the-art brewery here in America and our goals to increase production, this makes for a good relationship.”
Shirah said the line-up of canned beers brewed in Ohio will include Basement IPA, Double Jeopardy and Hooligan as well as other newly canned beers once test brewing has been completed.
About BrewDog USA
The company’s new 100,000-square foot brewery in Canal Winchester, Ohio covers 42 acres and has a capacity of 85,000 barrels. It includes the DogTap bar and restaurant as well as The DogHouse, the world’s first craft beer-themed hotel. Currently under construction, the hotel located next to a new sour beer facility will feature hot tubs filled with beer among other amenities. The brewery plans to build at least five BrewDog bars across the United States in the coming years.
About Scofflaw Brewing Co.
Co-founded by Matt Shirah and Brewmaster Travis Herman, who developed beers on a one-barrel system in the basement of the home of Shirah’s mother-in-law, Scofflaw opened in August of 2016. It has been named by BeerAdvocate, Paste Magazine, USA Today and Craft Beer & Brewing as one of the best new breweries in America. Follow Scofflaw on Facebook, Instagram and on Twitter @ScofflawBrewing.