A CRAFT beer chain is preparing to open in Basingstoke in the coming weeks.

BrewDog announced that it is bringing one of its iconic bars to the town and is set to open at the end of March, although a specific date has not yet been confirmed.

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The chain, which is carbon negative, is now refitting its unit in Festival Place and has installed a sign outside ready for the opening next month.

It has also created a page on its website for the Basingstoke branch, which states that the new bar will be ‘coming soon’ to the town.

BrewDog, which offers guest breweries alongside cocktails, wines, spirits and an alcohol-free range, is taking over the unit previously occupied by Coal Grill and Bar, which closed in January after opening in Basingstoke more than a decade ago.

Famed for its IPA, BrewDog started as an independent brewery in Scotland and now serves a range of draft beer on tap, as well as offering a menu including burgers, spicy wings, salads and plant-based junk food.

Festival Place previously told the Gazette that it had handed over the unit to BrewDog earlier this month.

A spokeswoman said bringing BrewDog to the town was a “real coup” for the shopping centre.

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