Ellon-based beer and bar company BrewDog is set to open a brewery in America.
The craft brewer confirmed it had signed a deal to build a facility in Columbus, Ohio, employing an estimated 100 people.
This is one of the most exciting projects we have ever embarked uponJames Watt BrewDog Co-founder
The new project will focus on delivering Brewdog’s range to bars and shops in North America.
The company was founded eight years ago, and now exports to more than 50 countries, employing hundreds of staff.
Co-founder James Watt said: “Columbus has got a fantastic beer scene already, and the people have always been so welcoming to us, so we felt it would be the perfect location for our stateside operation.
“This is one of the most exciting projects we have ever embarked upon and we can’t wait to start brewing on both sides of the Atlantic.”
He added: “The new brewery will act as a sister brewery to our current site in Ellon and we hope to develop a fluid exchange of knowledge, passion and beer flowing back and forth across the Atlantic.
“The Midwest is a hotbed of craft beer talent and expertise and we can’t wait to see what our American counterparts can bring to the table.
“We want to take our craft beer revolution global and have huge plans for the country which loves to supersize.”
In addition to the 100-barrel brew house, the 42 acres of land will house BrewDog’s US offices, a visitor centre, a craft beer restaurant and a taproom, accessible by road and cycle path.
BrewDog will help fund its Columbus project through Equity for Punks USA, an American crowdfunding scheme which will launch later this year and give American beer enthusiasts the opportunity to invest in BrewDog USA Inc.
Meanwhile, work has started on the site adjacent to the Ellon brewery to build the company’s new brewhouse.
New fermentation tanks will enable the brewery to increase capacity fivefold.
At the same time, it will lead directly to the creation of more than 130 additional jobs in the town.
This year has been one of rapid growth for the company.
Deputy First Minister John Swinney visited the plant in March and praised BrewDog’s “remarkable Scottish success story”.
He announced a £1.5 million grant through Regional Selective Assistance (RSA).