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21st May 2015

Real Ale Ltd, Wins ‘National Retailer of the Year’ Award

Nick Dolan Real alePictured (l-r) Nick Dolan, Managing Director and Founder, Real Ale Ltd with Zeph King, General Manager, Real Ale Ltd


Real Ale Ltd, the multi-award winning liquid delicatessen, based in Richmond Road, Twickenham, has been named ‘Retailer of the Year’ at the Drinks Business (db)awards ceremony held yesterday (19th May 2015) at the London Wine Fair, Olympia.  The independent specialist beer emporium was short-listed against Waitrose and Aldi.


The judges named Real Ale Ltd as the winner of the category for its unrivalled promotion of craft beers as well as the work they have carried out as an official supplier to M&S, helping the major multiple source a range of ales from regional brewers nationally.


Zeph King, General Manager, Real Ale Ltd said: “As 2015 sees us celebrate 10 years, winning such a prestigious award against such tough competition is the icing on the cake.  It really is fantastic to be acknowledged by the industry in this way”.


The db Awards are designed to recognise and reward top performers across the international drinks industry.


Real Ale Ltd is no stranger to awards; it was named Independent Beer Retailer of the Year by Off Licence News, in 2015, 2014 and 2013 and won the Richmond Business Awards, Best Retail Business in 2013 and 2012.


The shop supplies over 100 local restaurants, hotels, pubs and independent stores in South West London as well as offering home deliveries in the local area.


To celebrate its 10th anniversary the Company has recently launched its own range of beers called ‘Ubiquitous’ as well as holding a series of in-store tastings and events.


For more information go to  or follow Real Ale on Twitter:@RealAle_com


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Notes to editors

Real Ale Ltd opened its doors in June 2005 and has established a reputation for offering a wide range of high quality but often unknown, real ales, ciders, perries and beers produced by British smaller breweries as well as craft breweries internationally.   The company also runs private beer tasting masterclasses collaborating with the best beer writers and commentators in the business and offers ‘Pop Up’ craft beer bars at outside events.



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May 2015