BrewDog, the Scottish indie beer people, has been granted a licence for their new Colquitt Street bar. Hurrah! The craft beer experts had considered premises along Slater Street (for a while Mello Mello was rumoured to be in their sights), but now they’ll tuck in alongside Aloha and co at the top of town – in Colquitt Street – and will, we’re sure, be a welcome addition to the city’s night time economy. The council, concerned about the area’s Cumulative Impacts Policy, raised an eyebrow, as did Merseyside Police.

In recommending its refusal, Merseyside Police said: “We consider that the nature of the proposed operation will add to the cumulative impact in that area and should be refused.”

Council Trading Standards officials waded in, too, saying the well-respected indie chain would “add to the cumulative impact” in the area, and against the council’s policy to curb what it saw as excessive, unregulated growth of the Ropewalk’s drinking offer. But, this morning, BrewDog’s licence was granted: ‘it’s something new for the area,’ said Christine Banks, chair of the licensing committee. It’s a victory for decent brews, and clear-headed night-time economy thinking. Well done all.

We spoke to BrewDog’s Sarah Warman.

What are you hoping to bring to the city?

The bar will mirror our other bars across the UK; it’ll be a haven for craft beer lovers and newcomers alike. A place to explore and enjoy great beers from around the world.

What’s the status on your super strong beers and potential of offering them?

We still brew some of our higher ABV beers, but these are very occassional brews and are intended to be sipped and savoured. They are served in nips.

Do you think the police waded in a little too prematurely with their fears of rampant alcohol abuse?!

We’re just happy our licence has been granted, that’s all I can say!

When were you hoping to open?

Soon. Watch this space!

Tactical Nuclear Penguins all round!

  • bornagainst

    I’ve got no particular grumble with Brewdog, but I’ve never found their bars worth visiting for long if the city (like Liverpool – or Newcastle) has other decent boozers.

    Put it this way..

    Liverpool Organic Shipwreck IPA vs Brewdog Punk IPA.

    Are they too late to arrive in Liverpool?

  • Mark Walsh

    About time somewhere selling decent crafts opened

  • david_lloyd

    rather them than another soulless chain. I mean, yeah, they’re a chain, but I think their heart is in the right place.

  • bornagainst

    Clove Hitch.. Mello Mello.. Ship n Mitre..?

  • Richard Irvine

    Not sure about brewdog. Decent brewers, but find their bars rather sterile & I don’t like their antagonistic attitude towards pubs. Having a bit of stainless steel in your bar and charging over the odds for beer doesn’t make you a “punk”.

    In the end, there are so many places in Liverpool with a bit of character and good beer, I don’t really know what they’ll add to the city.

  • James

    I really liked this piece about BrewDog’s faux-punk aesthetics and more widely, Byron, Almost Famous, etc, from last week. Worth a read: http://www.opendemocracy.net/ourkingdom/jonathan-moses/byron-brewdog-and-recuperation-of-radical-aesthetics

  • Sensoria

    I agree their bars aren’t comfy stay-all-night havens, but they really do offer a great range of interesting and unusual beers, and they’re evangelical about the good stuff. They’ll be a nice complement to 23 Club, Ship, Mello etc, rather than a replacement. Punk IPA is the least of what they offer – some of their guest draught stuff is fantastic. You pay for the privilege mind you.

  • James

    whoops, it’s not from last week at all. I merely *read it* last week. Must learn the difference between my life and reality.

  • bornagainst

    The best beer I ever had from Brewdog was their (cask) Alice Porter. That was pretty bloody stunning – shortly before they stopped cask. But ever since then it’s been one long letdown.

    Good luck to ’em. In a sense I hope they get their fingers burned in Liverpool a little. It might sharpen them up.. Better beer please, less wank about being a fucking punk.

  • Mark Walsh

    Never tried the first (for beer anyway), so will give that a go. The other two are not exactly to my taste unfortunately, nothing to do with their beer though.

  • mark

    how are they not another soulless chain?!?!

  • Spencer

    I’ve enjoyed their Edinburgh bar a few times but wouldn’t make this one my regular, beers are a bit… Meh like.

    Would love somewhere in Liverpool to sell some Camden Brewery beers

  • Anthony

    It’s the basement bar inside the Clove Hitch – the 23 Club – you need to visit. Serve a great variety of craft stuff.

  • Anthony

    They are toning down the punk stuff a bit. I’ve really enjoyed some of their limited releases recently, one that sticks in the mind is their Libertine Black Ale.

    I’m fine with more choice of craft beer in the city.

  • Anna
  • Anna

    Thanks for linking that, good stuff.

  • homebrew

    Good breed but all the bullshit wears thin very quickly. Space for everyone tho so good luck, just don’t believe the hype.