Craft beer specialists with two local pubs join forces
Two chains specialising in craft beer with pubs in Hammersmith and Shepherd's Bush are joining forces, with BrewDog taking over Draft House's chain of 14 London pubs.
Brewdog has a pub in Goldhawk Road in Shepherd's Bush and Draft House has a pub in Shepherd's Bush Road, just north of Hammersmith Broadway.
The sale means that alongside his role as Managing Director of BrewDog Bars, David McDowall will also become Managing Director of Draft House, taking the reins from founder Charlie McVeigh.
BrewDog says all 213 staff Draft House will be kept on and the brand name will be unchanged.
The company is planning to invest in the current Draft House sites and may look to expand on them in future. The beer selection will be different from BrewDog bars, but with the same focus on independent craft beer from around the world.
David McDowall, MD of BrewDog Bars said:"At BrewDog we are obsessed with making other people as passionate about craft beer as we are, and in speaking with the Draft House team we recognised that there was a great opportunity to combine our efforts and really have an impact on the UK bar landscape by working together.
" Draft House has got an incredible team of engaged people and we’ll be doing everything we can to empower them in their business and offer them the support they need to achieve their career goals. The two most important things for us are our beer and our people and we’re excited to extend that to our new family at Draft House and would like to offer a massive welcome to every single one of them."
Charlie McVeigh, Draft House founder said: "Nine years have passed since the first Draft House launched, and it has been a truly remarkable journey of discovery. We’ve built an awesome business, and more importantly, a team right at the heart of the UK’s beer revolution.
"I am immensely proud of what we’ve achieved together and delighted to hand the business over to BrewDog for its next stage of growth. Draft House couldn’t be in better hands."
March 30, 2018