22. BrewDog

Independent beer makers BrewDog launched their offering in 2007 and have since secured an impressive range of retailers stocking their products

Founders: James Watt and Martin Dickie
Website: www.brewdog.com

Independent beer makers BrewDog launched their offering in 2007 and have since secured an impressive range of retailers stocking their products such as Tesco, ASDA, Sainsbury’s and Oddbins. The company also exports products to 15 different countries. Co-founder James, who counts Darth Vader among his entrepreneurial heroes, describes the product as beer for punks, but his funky labelling and tongue-in-cheek slogans have won the company a loyal customer base – the business grew by 250% in 2009 despite the tough trading conditions. The boys say they are now turning their attention to building a bigger brewery and even have plans to start up a BrewDog pub.

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