Brewery superstars BrewDog have announced this week their decision to cease operations in Fraserburgh, the spiritual hometown of the company.
James Watt and Martin Dickie, co-founders of the now international brewing company, started their business in Fraserburgh in 2007.
Having since moved their main hub to Ellon, it had been hoped that the Fraserburgh factory, at Kessock Industrial Estate, would be kept open to produce small batch brews.
“This is a sad day. Today is the day that we announce we will soon be closing the doors on what some may know as the Dystopian Puppet Hobby Centre. Our brewery in Fraserburgh,” a statement on the pair’s official website read on Friday.
The company, which now has several BrewDog bars across the world, as well as their own US television show, does, however, promise to ‘do Fraserburgh proud’ in their continued business efforts.
The post on BrewDog(dot)com continues: “Today might be a sad day. But it is also an incredibly exciting day.
“With the imminent opening of our brand new visitor centre and pilot brewing kit on site in Ellon, we will still be brewing loads of small batch, weird, whacky, bizarre and beautiful craft beers, but we’ll be consolidating all our sites into one happy family rather than spread out across the North East coast of Scotland.
“We will be moving the first ever mash tun from Fraserburgh to London and installing it in our Dalston Brewing Academy, so the students there will be learning to brew on the kit we started our brewery with.
“We will be ramping up the craft beer revolution, and Fraserburgh, we promise we’ll do you proud.
“Thank you Fraserburgh, and goodnight.”