The UK’s Fastest Growing Beer Businesses

The Sunday Times recently released its annual Fast Track 100 which ranks the United Kingdom’s private companies with the fastest-growing sales. And there are four British beer players that have made huge moves over the last three years….

BrewDog’s James Watt and Martin Dickie

BrewDog (# 71)

Valued at £1 billion in April 2017, this is the 7th consecutive year that BrewDog has made it into the Fast Track 100 ranking.

Launched by co-founders James Watt and Martin Dickie in 2007, BrewDog is as audacious as they are ambitious and they’ve opened nearly 60 bars around the globe in exotic locations such as Reykjavik, Iceland and Budapest.

Beavertown Brewery (# 35)

Beavertown founder Logan Plant has had an incredibly busy year.

After months of speculation in the beer world Beavertown sold a 49% stake in its business to global giant Heineken for £40 million last summer…

The sale (which generated its own uproar among many in the United kingdom’s craft beer community) will allow Beavertown to further several projects they’re perusing  including a state-of-the-art brewery under construction in North London and a  brewpub at Tottenham Hotspurs’ new football stadium.

Urban Pubs & Bars’ Wheatsheaf location (Photo: Urban Pubs & Bars)

Urban Pubs & Bars (# 28)

Founded in 2014 Urban Pubs and Bars now owns 17 exciting beer venues and restaurant sites across London.

Committed to the city’s urban ethos, Urban Pubs and Bars’ Founders Malcolm Heap and Nick Pring told the Sunday Times they won’t consider “adding another bar, pub or restaurant to the portfolio unless they can cycle there.

And Fast Track’s judges noted that the group recently sold its original venture Realpubs to Greene King for a cool £53 million.

Brewhouse & Kitchen (# 19)

Founded in 2012, every Brewhouse & Kitchen venue has its own on-site brewery crafting locally themed beers for its young, urban customer base.

An increasingly vocal craft beer advocate, Brewhouse & Kitchen cofounder Kris Gumbrell was chosen to keynote as Cask Marque’s annual Cask Report launch earlier this year, where he championed sexual equality in the industry , noting that 48% of the group’s customers are women.

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