BrewDog has released very strong draft financial results for 2015, reporting an annual turnover of £45m, a 52% increase on 2014.
UK sales are up by 130%, and flagship beer Punk IPA – which grew at 127.4% in on-trade – is now the best-selling craft beer in UK supermarkets. BrewDog itself is now the number one craft brewery in the UK, shipping the equivalent to 41 million bottles of craft beer in 2015.
A fourth round of its crowdfunding scheme Equity For Punks, which will close in April 2016, has so far raised £20m since 2010 – a record for crowdfunding. Investment is fuelling the independent craft brewery’s US expansion, funding a new state-of-the-art, 100,000 square foot brewery in Columbus, Ohio which will be one of the most technologically advanced craft breweries in the world when it opens in August 2016.
A further round of crowdfunding launches in May, specifically for US residents to invest.
Talking of a “great year,” BrewDog Co-Founder, James Watt said 2015 laid the foundations for five years of growth: “At the start of 2015 our total annual capacity was 160,000 HL. By the end of 2016 our total annual brewhouse capacity will be 1.5m HL.”
Also planned for 2016 are the launches of new bars in Amsterdam, Warsaw, York, Berlin, Homerton and Dalston. These will see Brewdog operating more than 50 craft beer venues globally.
BrewDog’s full results will be announced at the end of February.