My first BrewDog brew was the Punk IPA years ago, like 2007 or 2008. I was not a fan at the time. Don't think I drank BrewDog for a while after that. Roughly two years ago I discoverd Fussa Base Liquor in Japan and they had just started selling a nice selection of American craft beer as well as from other countries. They had several BrewDog (brewed in Scotland) beer's to choose from so I gave it another shot. Very pleasantly surprised with their brews. It also had to do with my craft beer palate being much more advanced and into tasting a much larger variety. Jackhammer (which I have posted about before) became one of our "go-to" IPA's. Hardcore IPA was another we would grab just to have on hand at the house. A couple of mine and Louis's other faves they had were Mix Tape 8 and for a short time, the collaboration brew with Oskar Blues, Shipwrecker Circus. That was an awesome barley wine at a nice 10.5%!!! Wish they would make that treat again!
Anyway, we have since then watched every episode of Brew Dogs and really seek out their brews. They aren't afraid to try new things and they do get crazy with it, it's greatness! Now that we are living in the UK we have gone to a few of the BrewDog bars...London locations were, Shepherd's Bush, Camden and Shoreditch. In Scotland we popped in the Edinburgh bar and recently stopped in the bar in Nottingham. They are such fun bars to go to! Oh and little did we know there was a damn BrewDog bar in Roppongi, Japan. Only found out after we got to England. Shit!
Shepherd's Bush was our first try while in London for the weekend. We had to go seeing as we love their beer, they have guest beer and their menu said Texas Style BBQ. Not sure if it was the fact we had been walking around all day or that we had downed a couple not so light brews but the damn bbq was outstanding. We got a plate with all the meats and a couple of sides and screw the utensils, we ate animal style and it was so damn good. Some of the best BBQ I have ever had. This location seemed to be a popular spot, it got very packed. We went back a couple months later and same thing, get their early and grab your seat for the night! Good times!
Shoreditch and Camden were the next locations we hit up between those two trips. Not as packed but we did go during the day. Day pints are the best!
In October we drove up to Scotland for a few days. I really wanted to get us up to Aberdeen to see the brewery but couldn't on this trip. It will happen ;) Scotland is AMAZING by the way. Would love to go back and see more. Our first night there we walked over to the Edinburgh BrewDog bar. It was great fun! Tried some of the Russian doll brews, ended up buying the pack of them with a glass before we left Scotland. Met some brothers from Norway and introduced them to several craft brews. Needless to say it was a little slow start the next morning. Loved it!
Most recently popped into the Nottingham bar when we drove up for the day just to see what the town was all about. Another great place, lots of shopping and very tasty sounding restaurants. Seemed to have quite the variety about town for food. The BrewDog bar was kind of tucked away in what seems to be an up and coming area. They have gaming consoles set up on the side wall with old school box TVs to play and all kinds of board games and what not to shoot the shit with friends and really just enjoy your time hanging. Love that! Would definitely like to go back for a day of shopping and day pints!
I rather enjoy hitting up the BrewDog bars. Great atmosphere at all of them, friendly and knowledgeable staff, good food, games and of course AWESOME BREWS! If you are ever around the areas look them up and see if you can find one nearby. They are growing so chances are good you will find one.