James Watt BrewDog

BrewDog CEO in Aberdeen, Scotland

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James Watt is an entrepreneur from Aberdeenshire who co-founded BrewDog, one of the world's most popular craft breweries. James completed an honours degree in law and economics prior to embarking on a hop-fueled journey that would forever alter the face of the beer industry. It didn't take long for him to realize that the corporate suit-and-tie world of litigation and libel was not for him, and after only a few weeks, he abandoned his career in law, opting to return to the bitter cold shores of Northeast Scotland to join his father as a fully-qualified Deepsea Captain.

James took a new path at the age of 24. Inspired by the bold and experimental beers being brewed by a new generation of brewers on the West Coast of the United States, James teamed up with friend Martin Dickie and began brewing their own beer in Martin's mother's garage. In a world dominated by cask bitters and mass-produced lagers, their penchant for heavily-hopped and relentlessly bitter beers established them as a one-of-a-kind duo, particularly in the town of Fraserburgh. Unafraid of criticism, they pursued their passion through painstaking research, experimentation, and boundary-pushing ideas, hellbent on demonstrating that beer can be more than fizzy yellow liquid brewed by global brewing giants.