Brewdog has set up an import and distribution arm and is launching with beers from US craft brewer Stone Brewing Co.

Stone is based in San Diego and its full product range will now be available throughout the UK, along with limited special release beers.

The brewery is known for beers such as Stone Go To IPA, Stone IPA, Stone Ruination IPA and Arrogant Bastard Ale.

The range will initially be available in bottle, but kegs will follow from April.

Brewdog is in discussions with other craft breweries in the US and Europe and hopes to announce more import and distribution deals this year.

Co-founder James Watt said: “We have always been huge fans of Stone Brewing and have been lucky enough to make some epic collaboration beers with them. They have always been an inspiration to us, having been frontline ambassadors of the craft beer revolution in the USA for almost 20 years. This partnership is a natural extension of the passion we share for getting people excited about craft beer and shaking up the status quo. With this new deal, the flourishing UK craft beer scene just got even more exciting.”

He added: “We are already in talks with lots more awesome breweries from around the world, and have big plans to set up a global distribution network, supplying the UK with the best craft beers on the planet. We already source the most exciting craft beers for our own bars, and this new distribution division is the opportunity to take that to the next level.”

Greg Koch, chief executive and co-founder of Stone Brewing Co, said: “The British beer scene is about to get an influx of our signature bold, flavourful and aggressively styled ales. With a team educated and passionate about craft beer, along with refrigeration through every step of the distribution process, we know the Brewdog team will deliver our beer to fans at the peak of freshness.”