Drygate Brewing Co opens restaurant and bar in Glasgow

25 June 2014 by
Drygate Brewing Co opens restaurant and bar in Glasgow

A new brewery has opened in Glasgow's East End, with a restaurant, bar, roof terrace, events space, gallery and home-brewing area.

Claiming to be the UK's first experiential craft brewer, the Drygate Brewing Co's main selling point is its "studio kit" area, in which visitors can have a go at brewing, and even create their own blend.

A collaboration between William Bros. Brewing Co. and Leith gastro-pub Vintage, with exterior and interior design by Graven Images, the 120-seat Bar & Kitchen serves a brasserie-style menu including charcuterie, burgers, steak, soup and gnocchi. There is also a grazing menu offering build-your-own sharing platters, and a deli menu with fish and chips, sandwiches and eggs. The private dining area seats 25, and can also accommodate 50 people for drinks.

Unsurprisingly for a brewery, there are many beer choices available, including a long bar featuring 24 draught varieties on tap, with each choice chalked up on a blackboard above. The bar also serves an extensive wine list, including sparkling and dessert options.

The space has also been designed to allow visitors to see panoramic views of the brand-new brewery equipment.

Although the site's warehouse was built in the 1960s, the actual Drygate building (adjacent to Glasgow's oldest brewery, industrial-scale Tennent's Wellpark Brewery) has previously been used as a box factory, print works, bottling plant, and office and storage space.

Also involved in the new design was local company D8, and graduates from Glasgow School of Art. The interior aims to play with texture and different materials, including steel, concrete, wood, leather and polished copper, and also takes inspiration from the building roof's "seven peaks".

The building has also been painted grey, to reflect its historical factory background, and create an imposing silhouette among the nearby landmarks of the Drygate tower blocks, the Necropolis, and the towers of Tennent's.

Lauren Li Porter, project designer at Graven Images, said: "Our idea was to make something iconic amongst all the surrounding landmarks, and in harmony with Drygate's industrial features. We designed around the elements we felt didn't need to be replaced."

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