The Really Good Beer Society was founded by Rich and Paul in 2021.
Here's our story.
We'd love to tell you that we came up with the idea for Really Good Beers whilst hiking up Mount Kilimanjaro or kite-surfing in Hawaii but, in reality, it was over a drink.
We believe there's very few things in life that can't be solved over a pint. So, after one especially busy day at work, we decided to grab a drink and put the world to rights. Then we thought, 'hey, why couldn't beer put the world right?'
With that, the Really Good Beer Society was born. Our mission? To create gorgeous beer that helps solve important problems whilst you're drinking it. Clever huh? OK, not Einstein clever, but we like to think we wouldn't be kicked out of A-level business studies.
So anyway, as soon as we'd had the idea, we looked into the beer industry in depth. We were pretty shocked by what we found. We discovered that the five largest mega-brewers in the world make nearly 60% of all the beer on planet earth*. FIVE. Those beers might have different labels but they're from the same place.
That's when we realised that we COULD build a business that made the world better. How?
First: we brewed our first beer in a shared space in Hackney but we realised the better model was to get our beer brewed at existing small breweries (who really know their stuff).
We spent a long time (and tasted a lot of beer) finding the right partners and now work with several; they are all small, independently owned, focused on sustainable production, and (pretty much) all award-winning.
And second: we track down the most impactful projects and charities seeking to solve some of the planet's biggest problems to pair with each of our beers; then we think of a low-key genius name that brings together the beer, cause and charity partner (we're more proud of some than others...)
So that's it really. Our beers are never mass produced. They're always delicious. And we are committed to giving 2.5% from the sales of all our beer to amazing initiatives that truly tackle the biggest problems facing people and the planet.
*BarthHaas Annual Report 2019/2020