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Craft by Side Hustle opens the UAE’s first commercial brewery

Located in Abu Dhabi, the brand is behind Side Hustle Brews and Spirits.

Here’s some news to raise a craft beer to – Craft by Side Hustle will become the first company to legally make alcohol in the UAE. The commercial beer brewery will open in Abu Dhabi and has been granted a license to sell beer on tap, which has been brewed on-site.

In 2021, Abu Dhabi allowed license holders to ferment alcoholic beverages for consumption on-site. Created by the Balmaghie Beverage Group, Craft by Side Hustle has decided to use this rule change to its advantage, and create a UAE-first.

Craft by Side Husle’s microbrewery will be located at The Galleria Al Maryah Island. So far, we know that the brewery can make approximately 25,00 pints a month. The aim is to make 75 different brews, and five to 10 will be available at any given time.

Craft by Side Hustle’s site will be a vast restaurant and bar, which can accommodate up to 250 diners. The restaurant will include several dining spaces, a view of the beer brewing equipment, and a well-stocked bar. Plus, diners can enjoy southern Louisiana food, and the dishes include Cajun Jambalaya, Craft Dog and Smoked and Grilled Corn Ribs.

Craft by Side Hustle’s drinks will also include Balmaghie Beverage Group’s Side Hustle’s spirits. Balmaghie’s Chief Executive Officer, Chad McGehee, has lived in the UAE for 14 years. Side Hustle’s beer making and whiskey distilleries are currently located in Pennsylvania, United States, but were created for the UAE market. On the cans and bottles, there is even a camel logo, which is a nod to the country. Plus, the first batch of the Sandstorm IPA was inspired by the Arabian desert.

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GO: Visit www.sidehustlecraft.com for more information.

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