Our History

Our History

History640Nick Dolan opened Real Ale, a beer emporium based in Twickenham, in 2005 and was nurturing the ‘Craft Beer Revolution’ long before it was fashionable to do so. 

The philosophy has always been to offer a wide range of high quality but often unknown, craft beers, ciders, and perries, from British and International breweries, to a wider audience.  This liquid delicatessen also offers over 200 wines from smaller producers.

Our ethos is firmly based around giving our customers the opportunity to try interesting and different products, which would otherwise be difficult to find.  We have been involved in the local community for 10 years and for the past 8 we are proud to have supported the St Margarets Fair. We donate our time and beers to this excellent event and over the years have raised over £30,000 for local charities and schools.

We are delighted to have won the Drinks Retailing Awards ‘National Independent Beer Retailer of the Year’ in 2015, 2014 and 2013 and ‘Best Retail Business’ 2013 and 2012 in the Richmond Business Awards receiving 'commended' in 2015.   We also won the 2015 Drinks Business ‘Retailer of the Year’, where we were short-listed against Waitrose and Aldi.