AN AGM like no other for BrewDog

KASSIDY: Kassidy performed at the AGM, as well as other bands in the evening.
KASSIDY: Kassidy performed at the AGM, as well as other bands in the evening.

April 28 saw Scotland’s largest independent brewery, BrewDog, hold the first ever AGM for its community of ‘fanvestors’, which combined the usual business reports with craft beer tastings, rock bands and gourmet burgers.

In January this year, BrewDog closed its unique share scheme, dubbed Equity For Punks, after reaching £2.2m in investments from over 5,500 beer fans.

BrewDog: James Watt makes his entrance at the BrewDog AGM.

BrewDog: James Watt makes his entrance at the BrewDog AGM.

The idiosyncratic brewer has experienced record growth since its launch in 2007, seeing a 250 per cent sales increase for the past two years running

The ‘Punk AGM’ was organised to thank this new army of investors and celebrate the fast-growing company’s 5th birthday.

James Watt, co-founder of BrewDog, commented on the unique AGM by saying: “The 2012 Punk AGM gave our new Equity for Punks shareholders an insight into the business and how we’re progressing, but it also gave them a chance to celebrate their investment and feel part of the craft beer revolution.”

The evening more resembled a rock festival than a business meeting, with sets from Tommy Reilly, The Little Kicks, Bombskare, Fatherson and Kassidy, and BBC Radio 1’s Ally McCrae as compere.

AGM: 2000 people turned up for the AGM.

AGM: 2000 people turned up for the AGM.

PACKED: The day included a presentation and open Q&A sessions with co-founders James Watt and Martin Dickie, where all 2000 attendees also took part in a beer tasting of exclusive beers brewed just for the event.

PACKED: The day included a presentation and open Q&A sessions with co-founders James Watt and Martin Dickie, where all 2000 attendees also took part in a beer tasting of exclusive beers brewed just for the event.