BrewDog opens 13th bar, has big plans for 2014

Scottish brewer and pub operator BrewDog has announced that it is planning to open at least five new venues in the next six months.

The news was announced at the opening of the company's 13th craft beer bar on Goldhawk Road, Shepherd's Bush. The new bar is the third to open for the firm in 2013, after it launched new BrewDogs in Leeds and in Stockholm in March and the summer respectively. This latest bar is set to be the largest for the chain, boasting a staggering 40 draught taps, 20 of which are guest beers from around the world, including Mikkeller, Kernal, Magic Rock and Buxton.

The company is now looking to open at least an extra five new bars in the next six months, especially in foreign territories such as Tokyo, Berlin and Sao Paulo.

Having established its first bar in Aberdeen in 2010, BrewDog recently revealed that it is on track to turnover £19 million this year, marking growth for the fifth year in a row. The company was originally funded by a crowdfunding scheme, Equity for Punks, having received £3.7 million worth of investment from the scheme. A third round of the programme began in June 2013 and managed to raise £1 million in just 24 hours. Co-founder James Watt announced that this money will be used to expand the firm's new brewery and establish a series of bottle stores across the UK.

Mr Watt added: “2013 has been an epic year for us, and the third round of Equity for Punks will give a huge boost to our expansion plans, allowing us to open more epic bars around the world, and spread the craft beer revolution even further. We’ve got monumental plans for 2014 – watch this space.”

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