BrewDog was started in 2007 by two men and a dog. Tired of the uninspiring UK beer scene, the pair started brewing small-batch beers at home. A chance encounter with late beer writer, Michael Jackson, resulted in co-founders James Watt and Martin Dickie quitting their day jobs to take on brewing full time.
The last decade has seen it become the largest and fastest-growing craft-beer producer in Europe, now representing five of the top seven UK beers.
BrewDog was born on the singular mission of helping people to love craft beer as much as its founders do, and its story is all the more remarkable for the way in which it became a $1 billion brewery through crowdfunding as opposed to using traditional financing methods — the brewer created a unique form of equity-based crowdfunding called Equity for Punks, which has created a global network of 60,000 “Equity Punks,” resulting in what the founders describe as an “entirely new level of consumer engagement.”
– Over £111m revenue generated in 2017 (£8.9m EBITDA)
– Over £71.9m revenue generated in 2016, with operating profit growing +38% year on year
– In 2016, BrewDog sales grew +99% in the year ending August 2017
– Punk IPA is the #1 craft beer in the UK
– BrewDog has also launched a series of craft beer bars around the world, with 37 in the UK, including its first BrewPub Tower Hill in London, with some as far afield as Brazil and Japan.
Equity for Punks V is BrewDog plc’s latest crowdfunding raise, which launched back in October 2017 and has so far raised over £20.9m from 41,000 investors. They have opened up this record-breaking raise with Crowd funding to give more people the chance to own a piece of the brewery.