Bad from the start


January 2004

A brewery is born

Our Head Brewer, Paul Holden-Ridgway perfected his knowledge on what makes a great craft brew during numerous trips to the great breweries of the USA. Bringing his skills back to North Yorkshire as a specialist ale purveyor at Blind Jack’s public house in Knaresborough, Paul began a microbrewery testing his concoctions on his patrons.

March 2014

Bad Co. Begins

Paul teamed up with local businessman, David Brown, to turn BAD Co. into a fully operational brewery.

July 2014

Home sweet home!

BAD Co. secured its headquarters in Dishforth, North Yorkshire and installed a 12BBL plant with 6,000l capacity in the fermenters and its beers began to make appearances in local bars, pubs and restaurants.

September 2014

Comfortably Numb – Award Winner

Scooped Gold as Overall Best Beer of the York Beer & Cider Festival as well as Gold in the beers under 4.0% category. 

October 2014

BAD Bottles begin

BAD Co. beers make their way into bottles for the very first time.

September 2015

Whiter Shade of Pale – Award Winner

Another Gold win in the Pale & Amber category for ales under 4.0% at the York Beer & Cider Festival.

September 2015

Wild Gravity – Award Winner

Awarded Silver in the Pale & Amber category for 5.1 – 5.9% at the York Beer & Cider Festival.

December 2015

Increasing Capacity

More fermenters increased capacity to 18,000l (109BBL).


January 2016

Bigger is always better

The plant get upgraded to 24BBL and our beers went international, supplying beer lovers overseas with our British brewed ales.

February 2016

Flavour Infusion

A brand new state-of-the-art isobaric hopping chamber lands at BAD Co. HQ. As the first of its kind in the country, it adds even more flavour and aroma into BAD Co. beers.

March 2016

London Beer Market

BAD Co. bursts onto the London beer market scene, creating a stir in the capital.

May 2016

New Bottling Plant!

With the capacity to bottle 2,800 bottles of BAD Co. beer every hour, the brewery began to chime with sounds of serious production.


May 2016

Dazed & Confused – Award Winner

Presented with a Silver Medal in the Dublin Craft Beer Cup, not bad for the home of Stout.

July 2016

Bad Co. Online Store!

We launched our online shop to make it even easier to bring you all a taste of BAD.

July 2016

Even More Fermenters

With increased demand came more fermenters, increasing capacity to 40,000l (224BBL) with a plan in place to up it even further to 64,000 (391BBL).

November 2016


Satisfaction, our 6.7% Brown Ale, joins the BAD Co. Headliners.

December 2016


Love Over Gold scoops Silver at the York Beer & Cider Festival.

March 2017

7 awards at the Dublin Craft Beer Cup

BAD scoops 7 awards for 7 different beers at the Dublin Craft Beer Cup.