Innis & Gunn to expand The Beer Kitchen to new sites

The Beer Kitchen Innis & Gunn Dundee

Scottish brewer Innis & Gunn has announced plans for two new sites for The Beer Kitchen concept after success in Edinburgh and Dundee.

It is to open The Beer Kitchen in North Street in St Andrews in mid-November, serving good-quality food alongside a range of 14 brews on tap and a wide selection of bottled and canned beers. Morgan McDonnell Architects will again provide the design.

Innis & Gunn also plans to open its largest bar to date in Glasgow in spring 2017, which will include an onsite brewing facility. A site has been agreed and work will start in January next year.

The brewer is planning another three sites for The Beer Kitchen in 2017, including its first overseas location in Toronto. Canada has always been Innis & Gunn’s most successful market, where it has been the best-selling British bottled beer brand since 2003.

The new investments come as Innis & Gunn reports an impressive year for its retail business, with The Beer Kitchen in Edinburgh and Dundee both exceeding performance expectations. The concept debuted in Edinburgh in summer last year, followed by Dundee (pictured) earlier this year.

David Hall, managing director of Innis & Gunn Retail, said: “Edinburgh and Dundee have proved to be a successful start for our retail business. We seized on the opportunity to make St Andrews our third opening and are excited to showcase our beers in the town.

“We’ll be making plenty of Innis & Gunn beers available at the new bar, will continue to host tap takeovers with other breweries and test new and exclusive beer recipes on site.”

Dougal Sharp, founder and master brewer at Innis & Gunn, added: “Each new Beer Kitchen gives us a chance to introduce great craft beer to a new audience. We want our Beer Kitchens to be known as spaces where amazing beer and food can be enjoyed.

“It’s always rewarding to bring this to another town and I’m looking forward to giving St Andrews a new place to enjoy craft beer.”

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