On 14th May 2021 Real Drinks celebrates 16 years on the high street. 16 years since opening their first shop (as Real Ale) on Richmond Road, East Twickenham.
Over this time the industry has evolved considerably and so too has the business. From championing locally brewed, high-quality beers, stocking only eight breweries, to a total drinks business.
With two further shops in Maida Vale and Notting Hill, Real Drinks now has a core range of over 400 different products, beer, cider, wine, spirits and any drink crafted with integrity and skill, from small independent producers from around the world. The wholesale business too has grown, curating and suppling a range of branded and supermarket own brand drinks for multiples.
Zeph King Real Drinks MD said: “2021 is shaping up to be an exciting year for us. As a business we have survived the storm that came with Covid so far, rebranded and renamed as Real Drinks and now reflect and celebrate 16 years on the high street as we welcome customers back into the stores. Reaching this milestone has been a true team effort across the business.”
To mark the 16-year milestone as an independent retailer Real Drinks has collaborated with local brewery Park Brewery Kingston to create an exclusive beer, 16. A Small Pale (3.5% abv) brewed with a New England yeast strain which helps to elevate the hop flavour and aroma. Dry and crisp with ripe fruit aromas of pineapple, watermelon & stone fruits.
The collaboration beer will be available across all three stores in 440ml cans and on tap from 14th May 2021. Artwork for the collaboration beer has been illustrated by Liah Edwardes from Sheffield, known for her line drawing and interest in the human form she has brought the team behind the beer to the label.
To celebrate and launch the new beer, Real Drinks and Park Brewery will also collaborate on a live tasting via Instagram on 14th May. Join from 7pm @ RealDrinksHQ
About Real Drinks
Real Drinks is an award winning drinks retailer founded by Nick Dolan in 2005 with extensive experience in Beer, Wine & Spirits and wider drinks market, working with the best brewers & producers around the world. The Wholesale team manages the full life cycle for own brand development into major multiples across all drinks. The Retail team has three shops and taprooms in Twickenham, Maida Vale and Notting Hill stocking a core range of over 400 beers, ciders, wines and spirits from small producers all over the world. Winner of SIBA Best craft beer retailer (multiple) 2021 and Drinks Retailing Awards Retailer of the Year 2015.
Press release from Real Drinks