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International brewery chooses Brisbane for Australian facility location

Brisbane is set to be the first Australian brewery site for Scottish beer giant, BrewDog. The company is investing $30 million in a purpose-built facility overlooking the Brisbane River, reports


The new facility located on Metroplex Avenue in Murarrie is estimated to create 150 jobs in the first five years, increasing to 235 jobs in the next ten. The 11,000 square metre greenfield property will house a 50 hectolitre brewhouse and canning facility, restaurant and tap room. There will be a tasting room where tours will be conducted.


Brisbane Marketing and the state government successfully lured the multi-national operation after they announced they were deciding between a site in either Brisbane or Newcastle in NSW. 


It is expected that possible financial incentives were offered to the company through the $65 million Advance Queensland Industry Attraction Fund. State Development Minister Cameron Dick would not elaborate on this, adding it was common government practice to provide a range of incentives to attract business.


BrewDog Australian Director Zarah says the quality of craft beer produced in Brisbane is high.


"We think there's a way to go, but we're looking forward to working with the breweries that are here, and some of the ones that are up-and-coming, to really make sure Brisbane is on that map for great craft beer."


The company supports the industry by working with other independent craft breweries.


Construction for the brewery is due to start in the second half of this year, with the first beer produced in early 2019.


Hannah Schuhmann says love it or loathe it, Brisbane is cementing itself on the national beer map, already home to over 20 breweries, which is great for tourism. 


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