Indie brewery BrewDog has signed an exclusive new contract to import Stone Brewing Co beers from America. The move is part of BrewDog's just-launched import and distribution division in the UK.
The division is providing the whole Stone range, including limited edition brews. Presently, only bottles can be ordered through the deal, but it's planned that keg beers will be put on sale to the UK trade a little later this year.
The biggest independent brewery in Scotland, BrewDog is holding talks with a range of US and European craft breweries, with plans to launch other deals for distribution and import as the year progresses. The company was founded in 2007 by two twenty-somethings, Martin Dickie and James Watt.
Of the new team-up with Stone Brewing Co, Mr Watt said: "This partnership is a natural extension of the passion [BrewDog and Stone] share for getting people excited about craft beer and shaking up the status quo. With this new deal, the flourishing UK craft beer scene just got even more exciting."
Stone's beers include Stone Ruination IPA, Stone IPA and Stone Go To IPA, among others.
"We are already in talks with lots more awesome breweries from around the world, and have big plans to set up a global distribution network, supplying the UK with the best craft beers on the planet," added Mr Watt.
He noted that BrewDog already sources "the most exciting craft beers" to sell in its bars, adding that the newly launched distribution division gives it the chance to take this a step further.