2007 - James Watt and Martin Dickie (BrewDog)
The 2007 Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award (Scotland) was won by James Watt and Martin Dickie and their business BrewDog.
Martin and James were bored of the industrially brewed lagers and stuffy ales that dominate the UK market. The pair decided the best way to fix this undesirable predicament was to brew their own beers. Consequently in April 2007 BrewDog was born.
James Watt (left) and Martin Dickie (right) of BrewDog
Both only 24 at the time, they leased a building, got some scary bank loans, spent all their money on stainless steel and started making some hardcore beers. BrewDog are dedicated to making cool, contemporary and progressive beers showcasing some of the world’s classic beer styles. All with an innovative twist and customary BrewDog bite.
BrewDog is now Scotland’s largest independent brewery and BrewDog beers are listed by Tesco, ASDA, Sainsbury’s and Oddbins and available in 13 other countries. Their products have TV endorsement from Oz Clarke and have been featured in editorial in The Sunday Times, The Metro, The Financial Times, The Independent, The Guardian, The Sunday Herald, The Daily Mail, The Sun plus many others.
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