Scottish craft beer brewer and bar operator BrewDog achieved total revenue of £78m for the first half of 2018 – up 55% on the same time last year.

Revenue within its bar division has increased by 92%, generating an incremental £10m so far this year, with plans announced earlier this year to open at least 17 news bars in the UK and around the world.

So far this year BrewDog has opened nine bars internationally, and its first Brewpub in Tower Hill, London, and MCA understands that the business has secured a site in Brixton, at 419-423 Coldharbour Lane.

The unit forms part of a mixed development by Lexadon Property, formed of a commercial unit at ground floor level and residential flats above, with a licensing application currently awaiting approval.

In its half-year update, BrewDog said its bar openings, acquisition of the 14-strong Draft House business, and significant investment in off-trade has contributed to UK retail sales growth of 83%. Since its purchase of the Draft House estate in March, BrewDog says it has revamped the beer offering at all sites.

Its recently acquired site in Canary Wharf – the former Jamie’s Italian – is set to up in the coming months, and this week it opened its first craft beer hotel, The Doghouse, next door to its brewery in Ellon.

BrewDog cofounder James Watt said: “We’re at one of the most exciting and pivotal junctures in our existence. We’ve established a solid and rapidly growing presence in the UK and the demand from Europe shows no signs of waning.

“We’re making significant inroads in Asia and Australia, which I believe will begin to bear fruit in 2019. Our US business is expanding at breakneck speed with new distribution points added every week.”

He said that while the half-year figures are great, the business won’t be resting on its laurels. “There is much work still to do to change minds and bring more people into the craft beer revolution around planet Earth,” added Watt.