BrewDog backed craft cider producer and tap room Hawkes, has announced it will be starting production in the US.

Chief hawker, Simon Wright revealed the news at the BrewDog US AGM last week, with production understood to start at its brewery in Columbus, Ohio.

Wright said he believed it would it would make Hawkes the first cidery in the UK to set up in the US.

BrewDog confirmed investment in Hawkes in April this year, saying it could go public as early as 2020.

The craft brewer and bar operator said there was “huge potential” for Hawkes’ cider to make a difference to the “mass-market monopolised” cider segment.

Hawkes’ previous investors were the team behind Barworks, The Diner and Camden Town Brewery Marc Francis-Baum, Patrik Franzen and Andreas Akerlund.