Irreverent Scottish craft brewery, BrewDog, today unveils the head of its new standalone sour beer facility, Overworks. Richard Kilcullen, former head of sour production at the Asheville, NC brewery, Wicked Weed, will take the helm as Brewmaster at the cutting edge new facility, located at BrewDog’s Ellon HQ, Aberdeenshire.
The brewery extension, with the working title ‘Overworks’, will commence construction on 16th January, and will enable the UK’s number one craft brewery to expand on its previous experimentation with wild and sour beer, farmhouse ales and mixed fermentations, adding to its popular existing headliner, abstrakt, seasonal and small-batch ranges.
Having notched up ten years-worth of brewing experience and a lifetime obsession with home-brewing old world styles and wild ales, Richard will captain the newest BrewDog endeavor, continuing the tradition of pushing the boundaries in brewing whilst exploring new flavor profiles and historical trends in beer. Having risen rapidly up the ranks at Wicked Weed – moving from assistant brewer to overseeing its award-winning barrel program in only three years – Richard is known for creating delicate balances of extreme flavors and traditional sour beer concoctions.
“The rise of craft beer in general has opened up the palate of beer drinkers in the past few years, and it seems that in looking for the newest flavors,” said Richard Kilcullen, Brewmaster at BrewDog Overworks. “People are beginning to look back across the lesser known historical trends. It’s a fascinating and thrilling time to be a brewer, and I am excited to contribute to the craft revolution in the UK and further afield.”
Known for incorporating the local flavors and flora into his beers, Richard intends to find native yeasts and microbes everywhere from the heather-strewn fields of Aberdeenshire, to old orchards and the icy peaks of the highlands. He hopes to tap into localized wild yeasts as well as and barrel ageing, and create a range of BrewDog beers with their own unique identity.
“We’re incredibly excited about Overworks, and couldn’t be more pleased to have a talent like Richard heading it up, said BrewDog co-founder, James Watt. “Sours can take months to create and you can taste that time and layered development in the beer. Wild beers are something our loyal army of Equity Punks is constantly asking us for, and the dedicated facility and new team will open up the brewing possibilities even further. It’s another surge for the craft beer revolution, and we’re counting down the days until the first sours hit our bars.”
Construction of the sour facility in Ellon is funded by BrewDog’s game-changing Equity for Punks scheme. The world-record breaking business model has raised £30m since first launching in 2009, amassing more than 50,000 shareholders and fueling bar launches around the globe, the next of which will be Dalston, Cambridge and Oxford in the coming months. The new brewery in Ohio, USA is also set to open in the first half of 2017.
Kilcullen added, “There is an old quote from Benjamin Franklin that says something along the lines of “Beer is proof God loves us and wants us to be happy.” If you can take yeast from thin air and make beer with it, he might just be right.”
Since 2007 BrewDog has been on a mission to make other people as passionate about great craft beer as we are. From the Headliner series, which includes bold, uncompromising pack leaders like the flagship Punk IPA, to the Amplified range (beer, but turned up to 11), BrewDog creates beer that blows people’s minds and has kick-started a revolution. Co-founders James Watt and Martin Dickie shook up the business world in 2010 with the launch of pioneering crowdfunding scheme Equity for Punks, an initiative that has seen the company raise £26m over four rounds, taking more money through crowdfunding than any other on record. The funds, and the army of punk shareholders (50,000) enabled the Scottish craft brewery to scale up without selling out. With over 48 global bar launches, export into 60 countries, and a brand new brewery in Ohio opening in 2017, BrewDog continues to take the craft beer revolution stratospheric, whilst continuing to push the boundaries, invest in people, put the beer first, and champion other small breweries in its venues.