71 Brewing set for launch

First brewery to open in Dundee for 50 years

71 BrewingDundee is poised to join the craft beer wave as permission has been granted to 71 Brewing for the first brewery in the city for nearly 50 years.

The architects behind the project, Duncan Alexander and Mark Griffiths, have secured £650,000 to convert a 7,200sq ft industrial warehouse in the city centre.

Mr Alexander, who has spent the last five years running a community microbrewery in Edinburgh, will be head brewer at the new venture

He said: “There’s something in the water here that was justification enough for us to establish a brewery in Dundee, beyond the fact that I’m a very proud Dundonian and wanted the city to contribute to this great new beer revolution that is sweeping the country.”

The craft beer market has doubled in size over the last five years and is expected to double again by 2019.

Fit-out works are expected to commence in March and the 2,400 litre-capacity brewery is due to be fully operational in October.

Overseeing the installation is brewing consultant, David Smith. Originally head brewer at Samuel Smiths, Tadcaster, Mr Smith has since assisted in the set-up of more than 150 breweries throughout the UK and continental Europe.

71 Brewing received funding from Scottish Enterprise, Regional Selective Assistance and The Scottish Investment Bank, as well as private investment.

Photo: Mark Griffiths and Duncan Alexander 

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