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BrewDog to make ‘big impact’ on spirits industry

Independent Scottish brewer BrewDog has revealed further details of its first spirits venture, which has been renamed the Lone Wolf Distillery.

The Lone Wolf Distillery is set to commence production in April 2016

Based inside BrewDog’s Ellon brewhouse, the distillery, previously named Granite City Craft Distillery, will commence production at the start of April under the guidance of head distiller Steven Kersley.

In a post on its blog, BrewDog said a section of its brewhouse roof has been removed to install a 19-metre high rectification column still. The group also revealed it will become the “only craft distillery in Scotland” to make its spirit from grain.

Lone Wolf Distillery will not buy in neutral grain spirit, and will instead distill all its vodka and gin from scratch. Kersley is currently testing recipes for the distillery’s inaugural gin in a 50-litre pilot still.

The distillery will also produce whiskies aged on-site in an “epic barrel store”.

“We don’t want to rest on the laurels of a location, like so many within the industry,” said BrewDog. “Flexibility is vitally important to us, and the Lone Wolf Distillery will have experimentation at its heart.

“With the pilot still we can produce a huge range of potential spirits, and with our epic barrel store we can age and then blend the results to allow a fascinating range of flavours to develop.”

BrewDog is aiming to raise funds for the Lone Wolf Distillery through its Equity for Punks IV Boosted Benefits scheme. This initiative sells shares to Founders Club members, who also receive certain rewards such as single casks of Lone Wolf whisky.

“We want to stretch the boundaries of what a distillery can do – and what a distillery should do,” the group added.

“Starting with our own all-grain distilled vodka, through our bespoke gins and whiskies and a range of other spirits besides – we can’t wait to make this natural progression for BrewDog and make as big an impact on the spirits industry as we did on the beer industry.”

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