David McDowall to help with bar division growth at BrewDog

David McDowall has just been named as managing director of bars for the Indie brewery BrewDog.

Moving to the company from G1 Group, Mr McDowall will be responsible for supporting the bars division at BrewDog to grow quickly; he will oversee management and strategic growth for the chain.

Mainly, he will focus on the expansion of BrewDog bars in the UK, a division with 18 sites at present. BrewDog bars have only been in existence since 2010 but already there are seven open overseas, too.

These are not just in European locations like Florence but also further afield in places like Sao and Tokyo.

Ten of BrewDog's bars opened last year, with growth acceleration planned for 2015. There are bar launches set for locations including Glasgow, Berlin, Brighton and other places in the next few months – which will no doubt lead to hospitality jobs.

One of the brand's most recently opened bars is in Helsinki, which was BrewDog's first location in Finland.

Mr McDowall was group operations director at G1 Group for some six years, a role which saw him managing more than 50 Scottish locations and being in charge of a 2,000 strong team of staff.

"It’s great to welcome such a powerhouse of the Scottish hospitality industry into the BrewDog fold," said BrewDog co-founder, James Watt.

"David has a killer business head and awesome strategic experience of growing a hugely successful bar division. We want to ensure that we can satisfy the thirst of our loyal craft beer community by opening more [great] bars, and ensuring that each and every one delivers an amazing BrewDog experience every time."

BrewDog is the largest indie brewery in Scotland, created in 2007 by Martin Dickie and James Watt because the pair, as they put it, "were bored of the industrially brewed lagers and stuffy ales that dominate the UK market".