Police attempt to block new BrewDog bar

Plans by Scottish brewer BrewDog to open a craft beer bar in Liverpool’s city centre have been stalled by police who fear it will add to the likelihood of violent crime.

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The brewer launched an “anti-Putin” protest beer called Hello My Name is Vladimir Putin last month

According to a report by the Liverpool Echo, Merseyside Police and Trading Standards Officers are opposing the brewer’s plans to open a bar on Colquitt Street in the town centre.

In recommending its refusal a police spokesman said: “We consider that the nature of the proposed operation will add to the cumulative impact in that area and should be refused.”

Council Trading Standards officials said granting the application would “add to the cumulative impact” in the area and go against the council’s policy introduced in January 2012 which tends toward rejecting applications for bars in the area.

A spokesperson for BrewDog told the newspaper: “This is a totally backward, uninformed and ultimately unintelligible reaction to our proposal. BrewDog bars are havens for exploring and understanding beer, promoting education and enjoyment of beer in its many forms, not excessive consumption.

“It proves that knowledge about how craft beer is intended to be enjoyed clearly isn’t communicated properly in Liverpool where the reaction from authorities is fear and rejection, but should be more about embracing a different approach and instilling a healthier attitude through positive backing of the right businesses and establishments.

“We currently operate 12 bars throughout the UK and have just secured a licence for a new bar in Cardiff, again despite initial police and licensing authority objections that we managed to turn around. We also have the support of local businesses in Liverpool, who would actually acknowledge themselves as competitors but have stated that they would greatly appreciate the positive impact they believe a BrewDog bar would have on the area.

“We are confident that, assuming those in a position to make a decision on our licence application are of sound mind and understand our proposal, we will be successful in our licence application.”

The application will be discussed at a meeting today when police and trading standards chiefs hope to convince the council’s licensing committee to reject the application on the grounds that it goes against its ‘cumulative impact policy’.

The brewery announced plans to open a chain of craft beer shops in the UK and Scotland in January.

Earlier this year the brewer launched an “anti-Putin” protest beer called Hello My Name is Vladimir Putin. 

3 Responses to “Police attempt to block new BrewDog bar”

  1. steve downing says:

    Considering Brewdog go out of their way to brew the most ridiculously strong beers known to man as some kind of publicity stunt, their comments are at best disengenious or worse still just crass. Brewdog tactical nuclear penguin is 32% — nearly as stong as whiskey These beers becme a challenge to young drinkers who then just cause a nuisance to every other resposibly run bar and the neightbourhood.

  2. Chris1066 says:

    Steve you don’t get it do you it is ignorant uninformed views like yours the article is referring to. These bars like other craft beer pubs and bars aren’t about swilling large quantity’s of cheep alcohol. At £35 for a 330 ml of Tactical Nuclear Penguin no one is causing a nuisance drinking it as you say it is nearly whisky strength and is served in small whiskey sized measures. No one complains that people are drinking a lovely single malt and running amuck and this is no different.

  3. Gaz says:

    Totally agree with Chris. The stronger the beers get the smaller the measures they’re served in. I was in brewdog bristol last night and bought a third of a pint of stout for about £4.00 since it was about 12% abv. It was delicious and lasted about half an hour. Good beer can be enjoyed like that – pound-a-pint pig swill lager or ridiculous student fish-bowl cocktails have only one purpose and that’s to get you pissed.

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