We did it
On 22nd March 2021 we successfully raised £52,039 with 903 supporters in 31 days

Help us save Dawkins Ales, financially crippled by the impact of Covid, so we can continue making award-winning beers and create new ones!

by Glen Dawkins in Bristol, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Thank you all so much! We are completely overwhelmed by the amazing response to our Crowdfunder! We reached our £50,000 target three days early....and that means we've still got until midday on Monday to aim towards a stretch target of £70,000.

All the extra money we raise will have a hugely positive impact upon our long-term sustainability whilst helping us to cover our costs should the worst happen and we face more lockdowns and uncertainty.

If we can get to our new target of £70,000 then hopefully our future is secure and we can start looking at expanding our brewery, making an even better bar with restaurant on site, where you can drink your favourite Dawkins and enjoy the finest food from the award-winning Black Farmer, established by Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones.

So, please stick with us as you've got us this far and we promise to do all we can to be around for you in the future!

All the best,

Glen


ABOUT US

Hi I'm Glen Dawkins and I set up Dawkins Brewery back in 2009 at our base in Timsbury near Bath. Since then we've opened our Bristol brewery, in Easton - at the heart of the city's brewery sector.

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Right from the start we set out to be an honest, local and dedicated brewery, making the best Bristol beer we possibly could - sharing them with the community across the city and in particular through the five Dawkins traditional pubs dotted around the city. We make fresh challenging brews to keep you engaged and the drinking experience exciting!

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One of these special brews includes our now widely celebrated Easton Promise. This is proper 'grass roots' brewing, where we've taken your locally grown hops and used them to make an authentic local brew. And for this reason, it's one of our most popular beers!

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But now the future of our little local brewery is at risk of grinding to a halt. We've lost about 90% of our business because Covid-19 has forced all pubs to close - and that means we are really struggling to pay our fixed costs including rent and salaries. We're a small, independent microbrewery - all very hands on with only five staff in our brilliant team, who we've kept fully employed throughout the pandemic.

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We bottle, cap and label our own bottle conditioned ales by hand, with artwork designed by yours truly! All three Directors have bottled, labelled, packed and delivered our beers over the years, are unpaid and receive no dividends.

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THE CHALLENGE

It's been so tough since the Covid-19 pandemic began. We're hanging in there, and we've done our very best to make the most of what cash is coming in, but the truth is we're struggling and we need your help. We need you to get involved right now and we want to sell directly to you - our friends, customers and supporters. So that's why we've launched this crowdfunder, to ask you to help give us the cash flow that will keep us afloat!

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HOW CAN YOU HELP?

We've put together a load of offers and rewards for you if you join our club. You'll get 10% off with some of our memberships, exclusive behind the scenes access at our brewery where you'll get to meet our Head Brewer  - and at the end you'll get the chance to taste some of the finished beers! But it's not just memberships that are up for grabs - there's a whole bunch of ways you can get involved and start to feel part of the company!

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REWARDS

Our offers start from as little as £10 (or you can just donate if you want to support us), and you are in effect ‘paying ahead’ for a future benefit which will improve our cash flow and enable us to continue to run the company with full employment, and continue our progress in making new innovative brews such as our new Whiplash 5.3% and Azacca Swift 4%. 

All you need to do is check out our Rewards and make a pledge - they are appropriately named after our beers!

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For such a small brewery we are proud of our numerous awards over the years, including Bristol Blonde, Ultra, Foresters Black and most recently our East Bristol Session Porter. We have many, many loyal customers who say we make the best beer in Bristol. We think so too, although of course we are biased!

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THE FUTURE

Your kind investment will help us cover our running costs and help 'Save Dawkins'. We can't wait to welcome you back to our brewery when the Covid-19 restrictions have eased, and for what will no doubt be an epic Summer Beer Fest! 

With your help and support we'll be able to survive and get through this crisis. If we do manage to keep going, then once we're 'back on our feet', we can start looking at creating an even better brewery and bar, with a restaurant serving food supplied by our old friend Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones, aka The Black Farmer.

If you can't support us by buying a Reward then please feel free to order some of our beer via Dawkins website - available for local and national delivery.

So there's so much to look forward to and we want you to be there with us every step of the way....but only if we can survive this pandemic.

Thank you in advance,

Glen Dawkins

Founder, Dawkins Ales

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£50 or more

210 of 220 claimed

"Lockdown Love" Reward

12 bottle mixed case a ' Dawkins’ T shirt plus 2 tickets to Summer Beer Fest

£5 or more

"Freebird" Donation

Thank you for your support in helping us continue to make great Beer!

£10 or more

"Bristol Cider" A sweeter Reward Donation

Donation ( Gives a one-off 10% purchase discount if redeemed, to a Max of £10)

£10 or more

268 of 300 claimed

"Bristol Best" Reward Summer Beer Fest Ticket

Summer Beer Fest Ticket (Date to be agreed once restrictions lifted.) A voucher for 2 free pints, a pint glass, 10% drinks discount all day (Dawkins Beer Club Members 20% discount) and Live Music. (Can be redeemed for £10 in TAP or for home delivery in the event of cancellation of event, or if unable to attend on day.)

£10 or more

16 of 200 claimed

"Embers"RUGBY 2022 Reward

Pay ahead to watch the 2022 Six Nations Rugby games transmitted on terrestrial widescreen TV in the Easton Taproom. Each individual ticket will be valid for one day of viewing, and includes 2 pints of beer and a Dawkins Pint Glass. Please buy multi Rewards to watch all the games with your friends! (Does not include Super Saturday as already group booked) Happy Hour prices will apply on 'Match Days'

£20 or more

135 of 200 claimed

"Tremendous Delicious" Reward Voucher

A Voucher to the value of £25 to spend in the Tap or for home delivery.

£20 or more

46 of 60 claimed

"Bristol Blonde" Reward Gift Pack

3 Bottle Gift Pack plus 1 Ticket to the Summer Beer Fest

£35 or more

101 of 140 claimed

"Easton Promise" Reward Super Brewery Tour

Pay now for a very special ‘Brewery Tour’ ( Usually held every other month. Dates to be decided when restrictions are lifted.) Learn the whole process of brewing our different ales followed by a run through of all the Dawkins beers on Tap, the different styles and how they are made, and of course a generous tasting session. Includes a 6 bottle takeaway, a Dawkins Glass, a T shirt and 20% off any purchases on the day. (Also see Group Offer)

£40 or more

44 of 60 claimed

"Bristol Gold" Reward Dawkins Beer Club Membership

Dawkins Beer Club Membership giving a personal 10% off Tap and Home Delivery for 1 Year. (20% off at Summer Beer Fest) plus 1 Ticket to Summer Beer Fest.

£50 or more

6 of 30 claimed

"Foresters Black" Reward

‘Meet the Brew Team’ package. (Max 10 people per day) Join the Brewery team (Thursday or Friday around 3.30 pm) to learn the process of brewing and bottling. Experience first-hand the hand bottling, capping and labelling process, followed by a run through of all the Dawkins beers on Tap, the different styles and how they are made, and a generous tasting session. Includes a Dawkins Glass, a T shirt, a 12 bottle case and 20% off on-day purchases.

£90 or more

1 of 10 claimed

"Cascadia's Ghost" Reward

A VIRTUAL GROUP TASTING for 6 (1 hour ZOOM session) A case of 12 beers containing 2 of each selection, and 6 Dawkins 1/2 pt tulip glasses delivered to one address (Nationwide mainland). Our MD and founder will guide you through the brewing process and composition of each brew as you sample in the comfort of your own home. Or perhaps you want to do a bit of team building at the office? ......more than 6?.. Buy 2 !

£120 or more

3 of 5 claimed

"Friese Greene" Reward

‘Golfing Day Out for two.’ Two golfers (with certified handicaps) challenge two of our Dawkins team over 18 holes at Henbury Golf Club ( weekdays only, Summer/ Autumn 2021 or 2022 Includes Green Fees and lunch, appropriate ‘refreshment’ and a case of beer to take home.

£140 or more

16 of 20 claimed

"Olicana" Reward A year of deliveries

6 minikegs or 54 pts delivered in the year plus 1 ticket to Summer Beer Fest (value£10). Dawkins Beer Club Membership giving 10% off other purchases for home delivery or in Tap FOR ONE YEAR.

£160 or more

8 of 15 claimed

"Easton" Reward Group Super Brewery Tour 5 People

Pay now for a very special ‘Brewery Tour’ for 5 people ( Usually held every other month. Dates to be decided when restrictions are lifted.)Learn the whole process of brewing our different ales followed by a run through of all the Dawkins beers on Tap, the different styles and how they are made and of course a generous tasting session. Includes a 6 bottle takeaway, a Dawkins Glass, a T shirt and 20% off any purchases on the day.

£180 or more

24 of 30 claimed

"Resolution" Reward Case Delivery

Mixed case of 12 beers delivered locally 6 times in the year plus 1 ticket to Summer Beer Fest (value£10). Dawkins Beer Club Membership giving 10% off other purchases for home delivery or in Tap FOR ONE YEAR.

£300 or more

11 of 15 claimed

"Whiplash" Reward Tap takeover for 30

Bring up to 30 friends to a Saturday or Sunday afternoon party with £150 bar tab and 2 x Summer Beer Fest tickets. (Subject to Covid restrictions. Can be converted to £300 of products)

£500 or more

13 of 15 claimed

"Holy Mole" Reward Hold your own private party

Hold your own private party in our brewery for up to 50 people. Includes a £250 bar tab and 2 x Summer Beer Fest tickets.

£1,000 or more

0 of 3 claimed

"ULTRA 22" Reward (Available from July 2022)

Max of 4 to work with the Dawkins Ales Brew team to design your own Dawkins beer. Have your say in all aspects of the recipe design as well as the naming and artwork. Take part in the brewing and packaging days. Tap will host a release party for your beer to include a free cask of beer for you and your invitees. Also 1 Cask equivalent to take away in your choice of packaging. Any repeat Brews will give 1 free cask. Available July 2022 onwards.

£60 or more

6 of 6 claimed

Dunleavy Vineyards Tour for 4 people, 10 SEPT 2021

We've got together with the award-winning Wine Producer, Dunleavy Vineyards in Yeo Valley Somerset to offer you an amazing afternoon out on FRIDAY 10th SEPT! You'll get a tour of the vineyard by Ingrid Bates who owns and manages the company, wine tasting, a one-off discount of 20% for wine bought on the day, and four of our 3 bottle Dawkins Gift Packs. What a wonderfully 'tasteful' day! https://www.dunleavyvineyards.co.uk

£1,000 or more

3 of 3 claimed

"Ultra" Reward Ultimate 'Design a Beer' Package

Max of 4 to work with the Dawkins Ales Brew team to design your own Dawkins beer. Have your say in all aspects of the recipe design as well as the naming and artwork. Take part in the brewing and packaging days. Tap will host a release party for your beer to include a free cask of beer for you and your invitees. Also 1 Cask equivalent to take away in your choice of packaging. Any repeat Brews will give same benefits. Dawkins Pubs launch too.

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