Fraserburgh-based BrewDog’s controversial craft beer revolution rumbles ever onwards with the opening of its latest bar in Glasgow’s West End. Joining outlets in Aberdeen and Edinburgh, the new bar – modern and industrialesque – has a prime site with views of Kelvingrove Art Gallery through large branded windows. Their heady range of beers are offered on draught or bottled, from the relative calm of the 4.1% Trashy Blonde to Hardcore IPA at a more serious 9.2%, plus other craft beers from around the world.
A milestone for the craft beer scene when it opened, BrewDog is also (probably) the most Westerly destination of the 'Finnieston Strip’, with a fantastic view of Kelvingrove Art Gallery. A recent refit has added more seats and scrubbed things up, but the trademark ‘wrought iron and wooden industrial’ aesthetic remains, and the beer range always impresses. Fifteen taps, typically five or so guests alongside BrewDog’s core range and their small batch and collaborations. Food used to feel like an afterthought, but these days it’s not half bad: principally burgers – brisket patties, properly sourced and seasoned, good and juicy. Sexy, too – put a chorizo dog into a brioche bun and top it with romesco ketchup, aioli and hard cheese (the Tattooed Pig), and all sorts of umami pleasure ensues. The customer base is an even spread of hopheads, locals and tourists, and a good time is had by all.
- High point: The lovely view as you drink the great beer range
- Low point: Seating is cool, not comfy
- Notable dish: The Tattooed Pig - chorizo dog, smoked aioli, almond romesco ketchup, Grana Padano, piquillo peppers
- Delivery: Deliveroo
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Rock, punk, Americana
- Live entertainment: Occasional live music
- Capacity: 66
- Largest group: 30
- Open since: 2011
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 9
- House wine: £16.50 per bottle