BrewDog, the Scottish brewer and pub operator, is to close its original brewery site in Fraserburgh.

The company, which began brewing at the site in 2007, said: “Today might be a sad day. But it is also an incredibly exciting day.

“With the imminent opening of our brand new visitor centre and pilot brewing kit on site in Ellon, we will still be brewing loads of small batch, weird, whacky, bizarre and beautiful craft beers, but we’ll be consolidating all our sites into one happy family rather than spread out across the North East coast of Scotland. 

“We will be moving the first ever mash tun from Fraserburgh to London and installing it in our Dalston Brewing Academy, so the students there will be learning to brew on the kit we started our brewery with.

“We will be ramping up the craft beer revolution, and Fraserburgh, we promise we’ll do you proud.”

BrewDog moved into its new site in Ellon in 2012, representing an initial spend of £4.5m in the 4,000 sq metre facility. Output last year was 53,000 hectolitres and an extra £1m is being invested this year to help it double capacity, with six more tanks added alongside a new warehouse and office space.