It’s official: Scottish craft brewery BrewDog today announced plans to invest $30 million in the construction of its U.S. brewing facility, which the company has said will be located in Canal Winchester, Ohio.
Earlier this month, the company said it “provisionally agreed” to acquire 42 acres of land in the area southeast of the state capital, Columbus. Plans call for the buildout of a 100,000 sq. ft. facility, located just 15 miles from Columbus, which the company expects to complete by August 2016.
In a press statement, BrewDog said it anticipates producing more than 85,000 barrels in its first year of stateside production and plans to increase production to reach more than 850,000 barrels of annual capacity.
“Our international expansion plans have always been ambitious, but our intentions stateside are probably up there with some of the most ambitious, bombastic, exciting ventures we’ve ever embarked on,” said BrewDog co-founder James Watt in a news release. “America has one of the world’s most eclectic, energetic beer scenes imaginable, and we’re psyched to be pledging allegiance to the craft beer revolution in the USA.”
The so-called BrewDog USA operations is also expected to generate 125 jobs. The company is currently recruiting for top level executives to fill the roles of CEO, brewmaster, vice president of sales, and CFO.
The company said it has partnered with JobsOhio, Columbus 2020, two economic development organizations, and the City of Canal Winchester to assist with the project. It is also using roughly $3.2 million from funds raised during its fourth wave of equity crowdfunding to build out the new U.S. facility.