Council and BrewDog still in talks

BrewDog 's plant in Ellon
BrewDog 's plant in Ellon

Aberdeenshire Council has confirmed it is still in negotiations with BrewDog over the company’s expansion plans.

The Ellon-based craft beer company and the local authority became embroiled in a war of words earlier this year relating to the cost of buying council-owned land near the brewery for a hotel complex.

BrewDog last week announced plans for its first hotel in the US.

The brewer says it is constructing the world’s first crowdfunded craft beer hotel attached to a new BrewDog sour beer facility in Ohio.

The state-of-the-art 100,000 square foot brewery in Columbus, which the firm says will be one of the most technologically-advanced and environmentally-friendly breweries in the world, will open in mid-2017.

Meanwhile, plans for the proposed Ellon development are still alive, according to the council.

A spokesperson for Aberdeenshire Council confirmed this week that “negotiations with BrewDog are ongoing and have been progressing positively”.

The brewer, founded in 2007 by James Watt and Martin Dickie, is proposing a hotel, restaurant and conference facility adjacent to its existing production centre in Ellon.