Our founder began his career in craft beer by having the privilege of being given the reins of the very first Brewdog Bar in Aberdeen, in 2010. When the second bar was being opened in Edinburgh he was given the position of Director within the company and went on to manage the expansion of the bar chain up to their eighth bar in Manchester. During this time he was exposed to the craft beer movement in the UK and witnessed first-hand the quality of beers being produced in this country, being dispensed in both keg and cask. With the bar chain expanding, and his role becoming further and further from the front line, he decided the time was right to leave to do his own thing.
CraftCentric Ltd was born in Scotland providing the very best beers the UK has to offer to Scotland and the North of England, Bruce setting up business with close friend Chris Mair, an experienced sales executive in the craft beer scene. CraftCentric went from strength to strength, culminating in the opening of The Hanging Bat Beer Café in Edinburgh, with one other partner.
Life was to take another turn however, and with the marriage of Bruce to Hannah, who wanted to return closer to her family in South Wales, business opportunities in that area were sought. The Big Beer Co was founded in June 2013, and is managed by the husband and wife team. The business will be expanded later in 2013 with the opening of Small Bar, a showcase craft beer bar, in Bristol city centre