You’ve probably heard about a potential new wall to be built on the border between the U.S. and Mexico. But Scotland-based BrewDog -- which recently opened a brewhouse/taproom in Columbus, Ohio -- has another idea for what should be built there: a watering hole called the “Bar on the Edge."
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So why would these Scottish brewers try to do such a thing? First, it’s a bold way to promote their Tex-Mex Tap Takeover in Ohio on Aug 5th and 6th, which will feature beers from Texas breweries Alamo Beer Company, Brash Brewing, No Label Brewing Co., 512 Brewing, Copperhead Brewery and Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co.
Secondly, brewery co-founder James Watt wants to make a point about the unifying nature of the world’s best beverage. “Beer is a universal language and has a heritage and legacy that far outdates the creation of most nation states,” he says. “So we want to celebrate its capacity to bring cultures together with this Bar on the Edge.”
If you’re thinking, “This sounds like a publicity stunt” -- we feel you. But the folks at BrewDog usually put their money where their mouth is. After all, this is the same brewery that drove a gosh darn tank down the streets of London, brewed the “world’s strongest beer,” and crowdfunded “the world’s first craft beer hotel.” They’re not afraid to push the boundaries of beer, and we appreciate that!
“It was JFK that said, ‘Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.’ We love the US, and we already have an amazing army of fans over here, but we do not intend to bring BrewDog-lite to the US,” Watt says. “The Bar on the Edge is our line in the sand, quite literally.”
He’s not being cute with the “line in the sand” phrase -- the bar's location has not yet been confirmed, but it will sit somewhere along the geographical border of Texas and Chihuahua, Mexico. And the bar will be built from old shipping containers so that it could be legally defined as a “temporary mobile building.”
Best of all, the bar won’t just be stocked with tasty BrewDog beers. According to the brewery, the idea is to serve Mexican beers on the American side, and American beers on the Mexican side (and plenty of BrewDog’s Ohio-brewed beers, too).
No matter how you feel about a border wall, all beer lovers can agree that good craft beer in more far-flung places is a positive thing. Even if they're precariously served “on the Edge.”
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