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Established as the Matthews Brewing Co in 2005 by Stuart Matthews and Sue Appleby in a farm workshop estate in the village of Timsbury, a few miles outside Bath.

Using the best ingredients such as Maris Otter malt , this small 5 barrel brewery soon became known for its distinctive, uncompromising ales.

Dawkins Taverns

was founded in 2002 by Glen Dawkins with the lease of The Miner’s Arms in St Werburghs, Bristol. A real ale devotee, his first task was to rip out all the ‘smoothflow’ beers and boost the range of cask handpumps.

Four more pubs followed, all strongly focussed on real ales and good times!

Dawkins Ales

acquired Matthews in January 2010. Our pub The Hillgrove was one of Matthews first customers, so when Stuart and Sue decided to sell up it seemed a perfect fit; especially as they were already brewing exclusive beers for us.

Dawkins ales are available in great freehouses in the area and all our five award-winning pubs, which continue to stock scores of guest beers from fellow microbrewers too.

Our new Head Brewer Dave Williams started December 2012, leaving for new adventures June 2019 - replaced by his deputy Will Krippner.

In April 2014 our Bristol Blonde won category Gold in the region’s biggest beer contest, and overall Bronze out of over 250 entries! It won again the following year shortly after winning a National Bronze. Our bottled Foresters Black and bottled Ultra also picked up gongs that year.

The next chapter: Dawkins & Georges Ltd

Came into being at the end of August 2014 as the new brewery company, run separately from the Dawkins pubs, which of course continue to serve great Dawkins ales!

Mid-2015 we started work building a brand new brewery here in our Bristol heartland.

More info here

A Brief History