Best Of 2020

Best Non-Alcoholic Beer on Tap: BrewDog

Best Non-Alcoholic Beer on Tap

Scotland-based brewery BrewDog has expanded its U.S. operations by opening a massive taproom in Pendleton, their second-largest in America. The taproom features 24 drafts; a large dining and bar area on the first floor (the food menu runs the gamut from pizza and tacos to sandwiches and cauliflower wings); a game area on the second-floor loft; and a rooftop bar with a great view of the neighborhood. And the taps not only feature BrewDog beers and ciders, but also guest beers in addition to BrewDog AF selections: non-alcoholic or low-alcohol beers like the Punk AF and Nanny State pale ales, Stout AF and the Faux Fox Raspberry Berliner weisse. They even offered bottomless AF refills during Dry January. So how did a Scottish brewery wind up in Pendleton? Founded in the U.K. in 2007 by James Watt and Martin Dickie, the duo began a crowdfunding campaign called Equity for Punks in 2010 that has made an “army of punk shareholders” which has allowed the brewery to “scale up without selling out,” says the website. While most “punks” are located in the U.K., since BrewDog opened its HQ in Columbus, Ohio in 2017, more than 13,760 Americans have signed on to become shareholders. But it hasn’t been all rosy. In addition to ever-expanding global breweries and additional experiences, BrewDog was given an “uncool, dog” last year when they were accused of co-opting branding and marketing created for them by an ad agency without crediting or paying them. BrewDog, 316 Reading Road, Pendleton, brewdog.com.