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Hand Crafted Drinks Magazine is the latest title from Artisan Publishing, which will be produced six times a year.

The online versions of the magazine will be available to read online, free of charge, and the magazine’s website will always be free from adverts, so you can just enjoy reading the latest news, views and opinions from across the sector.

We also want your news, so please send your latest company news, whether this is a new product launch, an award, new personnel or an opinion you would like to share.

Our website and magazine is here to support independent drinks producers and the wider hospitality sector, so as well as your latest news we also welcome contributions from guest writers, so please do send in your ideas for articles and features.

From the first issue, the new magazine has been supporting two charities, which will receive 5% of all advertising revenues that are generated every year.

We look forward to working with you.

INDUSTRY NEWS, VIEWS & OPINION

COVID-19 rules eased

Here at Hand Crafted Drinks Magazine, we support the government’s latest announcement that the measures put in place under Plan B in England will be lifted. The changes are set out below: The government is no longer asking people to work from home if they can. People should now talk to their employers to agree […]

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Cambusier is now in the UK

Destined for premium cocktail bars and restaurants, Cambusier fruit liqueurs are now available to the UK drinks market, following an exclusive distribution deal with purpose-led drinks firm Ten Locks. The Cambusier range has been described as ‘France in a bottle’ and has been inspired by several regions across l’Hexagone: Crème de Cassis (Bourgogne Franche-Comté), Strawberry (Bretagne), Mirabelle Plum […]

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Wolftown goes for gold

At the end of 2021 Wolftown Gin won a gold medal at The Europe International Wine & Spirits Trophy 2021, which took place in Luxembourg. The Europe Wine & Spirits Trophy is the biggest and most prestigious wine and spirits competition in Europe, with 85 high profile judges, including top buyers of wines and spirits, along […]

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Cocktail brand acquired

Craft canned cocktail brand Ace+Freak has been acquired by Getir, the grocery home delivery service. The deal means that A+F’s products will now be available nationwide for the first time, in time for new year celebrations. Ace+Freak’s range includes: Mint & Elderflower Spritz (5.5% ABV), Ginger & Lemongrass Mule (5.5% ABV) and Watermelon & Cucumber […]

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Distillery supports local charity

The Isle of Barra Distillers has raised an incredible £2,500 from this year’s Giving Tuesday, for The Barra Cancer Group. Over Giving Tuesday, which took place on 30 November 2021, Isle of Barra Distillers donated £12 from every bottle sold, to the charity. Isle of Barra Distillers’ co-founder, Katie Morrison commented: “We were honoured to hand […]

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Supermarket deal for Diablesse

Manchester-based drinks firm Ten Locks has secured the first supermarket listing for premium rum brand Diablesse, a company also based in Manchester. Diablesse’s award-winning Clementine Spiced Rum is now on shelves of 10 Morrisons stores across the North West.  Made from single origin, 100% Demerara rum from the world-renowned Diamond Distillery in Guyana in the Caribbean, Diablesse Clementine Spiced Rum is made using locally produced sugar cane molasses and traditional pot […]

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Going for gold

The Driftwood Spars Brewery in St Agnes described themselves as being ‘over the moon’ to win a Gold Award at the Society of Independent Brewer’s annual awards for the South West region. Alfie’s Revenge was the judge’s choice in the competitive Strong Beer category, seeing off rivals from across the South West. Mike Mason, who […]

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Chris Keightley steps down

Earlier today, Monday 13 December 2021, Chris Keightley stepped down as a director of Artisan Publishing, the owner and publisher of Hand Crafted Drinks Magazine. Chris has played an important role in helping to build the magazine, especially as we launched in such challenging circumstances, and we wish him all the very best in the […]

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Excellent, Mr Hobbs

One of the very enjoyable aspects of running this magazine is the chance to sample a wide range of drinks. Recently we were delighted to have received two sample bottles from Henley-on-Thames-based Mr Hobbs Gin: Mr Hobbs 150 and Mr Hobbs Spiced Plum Gin. My first impression of Mr Hobbs Spiced Plum Gin Liqueur was […]

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In for a penny

Investors are being invited to become a part of the Isle of Barra Distiller’s (IoBD) story as they launch their first Premium Single Malt Scotch Whisky Isle of Barra, this month (December 2021). The Island of Barra is Scotland’s most westerly island facing the Atlantic Ocean and home to the isle’s first distillery: Isle of […]

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A delicious investment

A £250,000 expansion plan has been unveiled by the owners of family-run, Warwickshire-based Napton Cidery who are launching their second crowdfunding campaign within a year. Jolyon and Charlotte Olivier are growing their award-winning cidery to help fulfil major new contracts as well as fund an extension to their production facilities and taproom. The couple has launched […]

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Hawkstone outsells rivals

Jeremy Clarkson’s Hawkstone Lager became the UK’s number one selling beer on Amazon, just eight hours after it was launched – outselling Budweiser, Corona and Stella Artois.  Sales of Hawkstone Lager, which is produced from barley that Clarkson grew himself on his farm in the Cotswolds, have been so strong that his team is considering putting […]

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The art of wine making

In January 2022 a new book on making wine will be published: Wine Making: A Guide to Growing, Nurturing and Producing by award winning winemaker, Kieron Atkinson and co-author Jane Travis. The book is an excellent guide to winemaking, covering everything from grape to glass, and would be ideal for those who discovered the pitfalls of […]

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Personalised corporate gifts

Skinner’s Brewery has collaborated with heating solutions experts Blue Flame to set a new bar in corporate gifting, crafting 80 cases of personalised beer ‘Brew Flame’ exclusively for the Penryn-based company. Following the successful collaboration, Skinner’s is now offering a personalised beer service to companies searching for unique corporate gifts, as well as pubs, bars […]

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Christmas, as you like it

Shakespeare Distillery in Stratford-upon-Avon has launched several new products in time for Christmas, including a personalisation service that is available on four of their gin products. The independent artisan spirit producer is offering personalised labels on their 50cl bottles of Stratford Dry, Rhubarb, Elderflower & Quince and Mulberry Liqueur 50cl. Personalised bottles are available to […]

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Gin school’s lofty ambitions

An award-winning gin distiller, whose business started in his kitchen three years ago, is joining forces with the hotelier who became his first customer; together they are planning to launch a new gin school that will open its door on 4 February 2022. The Castle Gin School will be based in what was a derelict 17th […]

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First Welsh white rum

The Spirit of Wales Distillery based in Newport, Wales, has added a second Welsh rum to their collection: a white rum from their Steeltown range of contemporary spirits. Spirit of Wales Steeltown Welsh White Rum is a contemporary rum, made with molasses and layered with tropical notes.  Spirit of Wales, Steeltown Welsh Rum is a […]

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Gin-gle all the way

Just in time for Christmas and to celebrate their first birthday, Nantwich Gin (produced by Cheshire Botanicals) is releasing six brand new products. All available in their online shop, the products include a limited edition gin (available from 26 November) along with plenty of stocking fillers, Nantwich Gin merchandise and some highly requested options for […]

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Go crackers this Christmas

The Isle of Barra Distillers Limited Edition Christmas Crackers are back by popular demand. Each box contains six Christmas crackers, which contain one 50ml Barra Atlantic Gin miniature, one traditional hat and a joke. This year the distillery owners have placed one golden ticket at random inside a set of their Christmas crackers. The person that finds […]

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New England IPA launched

New England IPA (NEIPA) is the first beer of the new Small Batch Series from Hall & Woodhouse, an independent family of brewers dating back to the 1770s. The Small Batch Series will offer contemporary and adventurous beers, complementing Hall & Woodhouse’s successful Badger Beers brand. NEIPA is an unfiltered 5.5% ABV beer with notes of […]

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Please sir, can I have St Maur?

We were delighted to have received a beautifully proportioned bottle of St Maur, a delicious elderflower liqueur, hand-crafted in Warwickshire with elderflowers gathered by the producers, the Earl and Countess of Yarmouth, in their ancient family-owned woodlands. St Maur was sampled in the same way that we taste every spirit or liqueur we’re sent to review: […]

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Strongest Cornish beer, ever?

The Driftwood Spars Brewery, based in St Agnes, Cornwall, has released what it believes to be the highest ABV beer ever brewed in the county, as a result of its latest small batch experiment. The beer, which is called Hygge* is intended to be enjoyed instead of wine or port and goes perfectly with a […]

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As seen on TV

Warwickshire-based Napton Cidery’s limited-edition recipe has earned them a spot on Channel Four’s popular food and drink programme, Sunday Brunch, hosted by Simon Rimmer and Tim Lovejoy. The cidery’s Whiskey Cask Cider is one of only three nationally selected ciders to be critiqued by a celebrity panel in the show’s guest slot hosted by industry […]

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Christmas all wrapped up

Coleman’s Cider, which was established in 2015 by a group of like-minded friends, have just announced their Christmas gift packs are now ready to order. Customers looking for a unique gift can choose from their range ciders, including Yorkshire Cider, Fruit Cider and Single Variety Cider. Their Yorkshire Cider range is crafted using only locally […]

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Dreaming of a sloe Christmas

With the clocks having now gone back to GMT, the nights are well and truly ‘drawing in’, as my grandfather said every year, as we edged ever closer to the cold winters ahead. But, it’s not all bad. What’s better than heading out for a bracing winter walk and then coming back to a warm […]

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STRYKK up a conversation

Non-alcoholic spirits brand, STRYKK, has been named as one of this year’s corporate partners for MOVEMBER – the charity changing the face of men’s health and wellbeing – along with household names including Pringles, Gilette, L’Oreal Men Expert, Lamborghini, KP Nuts and Mr. Porter. The STRYKK team is looking forward to raising money for this […]

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Three cheers for the Chancellor

The owners of an award-winning family-run cidery in Warwickshire welcomed the Alcohol Duty reform announced in the recent Budget, which they claim will help boost the growth of their business, post-pandemic. Jolyon Olivier, who runs Napton Cidery, said that the Chancellor’s new measures around duty bands for alcohol will save their business tens of thousands […]

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RBL gins to raise £100,000

Building on the success of last year’s fundraising campaign, which raised over £40,000 for the Royal British Legion (RBL), Derbyshire Distillery has launched a new range of four gins to celebrate the RBL’s 100th anniversary — with the aim of raising £100,000 to support the work of the charity. In 2020 Derbyshire Distillery became a […]

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People’s Choice Spirits Awards

The People’s Choice Spirits Awards is now open for entries for its 2022 competition. We recommend it to you because it offers great promotional opportunities for winners and finalists. The consumer-friendly categories include tequila, vodka, brandy, canned cocktails/mixed spirits drinks  under the ‘Great Outdoors’ category, and cream/fruit-based liquors alongside gin, whiskey/whisky, no/low alcohol and rum. […]

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Crowdfunder launches

Naturalis Distileri is a small distillery in West Wales that took the plunge to produce gin from raw ingredients. They are based on what was an abandoned industrial site in the Welsh hills, which is now full of new, growing businesses that are launching in an area that hasn’t witnessed such growth and investment for […]

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That Gin & Cocktail Bar

Warwick-based That Gin & Cocktail Bar was officially opened earlier this year by the Mayor of Warwick. Owner Steve Bazell agreed to a Q&A session so we could find out more about his new venture. What is That Gin & Cocktail Bar all about? We are a fun new concept bar that takes our customers […]

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Issue 3 is now online

Welcome to the third issue of Hand Crafted Drinks Magazine and the penultimate issue of the year. Having come through a very mixed summer, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and latterly the effects of Brexit, the hospitality industry is hoping for a bright Christmas, but clouds remain over the sector. Staff shortages across various sectors, from […]

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Taking the biscuit

A new, limited-edition beer made with Lotus Biscoff biscuits and spread is soon to be released, as part of a collaboration between two leading UK microbreweries – The Driftwood Spars Brewery, in St Agnes, Cornwall, and Fallen Acorn Brewing Co, based in Gosport, Hampshire. The new beer, called Niflheim Imperial Biscoff Stout, will be available […]

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New partnership announced

Jake’s Drinks, the beer and cider brand from Kent-based Balfour Winery at Hush Heath Estate, has formed a strategic partnership with local brewery Cellar Head Brewing Company to develop its craft beer range. Balfour Winery has acquired a 25% shareholding in Cellar Head, which helped to develop Jake’s Lager and Jake’s IPA, earlier this year, […]

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A real page turner

Warwickshire-based Napton Cidery’s new Whisky Cask blend has been featured in a new book, Modern British Cider, which is being launched around the country by author and industry expert, Gabe Cook. In the book, the self-titled ciderologist, Gabe, examines the increasing popularity and diversity of craft cider, as well as exploring the trends, challenges and opportunities […]

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Hop Hop Hooray

Visitors to the Chelsea Flower Show expect to see some unusual plants, but few will have realised that this year the main entrance gates to the Royal Hospital have been adorned with one of the rarest of all hops – the near-extinct Farnham White Bine hop. Due to the pandemic the Chelsea Flower Show was […]

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London Spirits Competition

As one of the media partners of the London Spirits Competition, we’re delighted to let you know that The Ritz, The Stafford, The Connaught Bar, Gleneagles, Roka, 45 Park Lane and Dukes Hotel are just some of the prestigious names on the judging panel for the London Spirits Competition. Over the last few years, The […]

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Time is ticking…

August 31, 2021 is the last day to get super early bird pricing for your wines, beers and spirits. The London Drinks Competitions pride themselves on being as close to judging beers, wines and spirits as the people who choose to buy them do. Whether it is a busy drinks buyer for a major supermarket, […]

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Lock in your savings

The clock is well and truly ticking for anyone looking to enter their wines, beers and spirits into the fifth annual London Wine Competition, which closes its super early bird pricing on 31 August 2021. What makes the London Wine, Beer and Spirits Competitions truly unique? Every judge has been or is currently employed in […]

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Issue Two out now

If you haven’t yet seen issue two, you can view it as a PDF or on two digital platforms by clicking here. From issue two: On Monday 19 July — or ‘Freedom Anecdotal evidence from the food Day’ to many — England finally and drink sector suggests that the witnessed the end of the majority of […]

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Looming beer drought

According to the Morning Advertiser, there is a looming crisis on the drinks delivery front. Due to a combination of Brexit and the pandemic, there is a shortage of HGV delivery drivers. Add this to the threatened strike action by drayman who have rejected their latest pay offer and there is a very real threat of […]

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STRYKK’s pop-up party

This Summer STRYKK, the non-alcoholic spirits brand, is taking the party to their customers with their portable STRYKK Club. First stop – Shoreditch. STRYKK is delighted to announce the launch of their first STRYKK Club, which will be equipped with a DJ booth and professional sound system, it will have everything customers would expect from their favourite […]

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Twice as good

In true David and Goliath style, Jordan Morris who single-handedly runs Abingdon Distillery, put his original gins up against some of biggest distilleries in the world. In less than one week Jordan’s Single Malt-aged gin scored 95/100 at the International Wine & Spirits Competition (IWSC) and took first place; at the Gin Masters competition his […]

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Tasting room now open

Leanne and Paul Colman, owners of The Little Quaker Distillery in Darlington, have announced the opening of their tasting room, where they will be hosting their gin experiences. The experiences cost £25 per person and include tasting four of their award-winning gins; the events also include cocktail making and there is a talk about gin […]

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Stockport Gin’s new distillery

Stockport Gin, run by husband-and-wife team, Paul and Cheryl Sharrocks, recently opened the doors to their new distillery in the centre of Stockport, which was officially launched by the Mayor of Stockport, Cllr Adrian Nottingham. The couple started distilling in their garage in 2019, but by February 2021 they needed more space to keep up with […]

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Ten Locks’ new partnership

Ten Locks, the drinks company curating a portfolio of ethical brands, has entered the booming American whiskey sector with its latest partner, Redwood Empire Whiskey.  Now available in the UK, the partnership has introduced three unique, barrel-aged spirits from Redwood Empire Whiskey, including Pipe Dream Bourbon Whiskey, Emerald Giant Rye Whiskeyand Lost Monarch Blend of Straight Whiskey. All three expressions are […]

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Awards for Isle of Harris Gin

Isle of Harris Gin has been awarded a Masters award at The Global Spirits Masters and a Silver award at the International Wine and Spirits Competition.  Commenting on the awards, Simon Erlanger, Isle of Harris Distillery’s Managing Director, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have secured a Masters Award at The Global Spirits Masters Awards, […]

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A right rum do

Based in Leyburn, North Yorkshire, The Wensleydale Spirit Company — producers of the internationally recognised and award-winning Taplin & Mageean craft gin range — has just announced the release of a brand new prestigious luxury spiced rum. Wensleydale Spiced Rum is distilled, not compounded, which contributes hugely to its exceptional quality and flavour, which is derived […]

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Elixirs for life

A new book, Herbal Elixirs, written by Sue Mullett & Jane Harris has just been released. Whilst alcohol is today best known for its intoxicating properties, in the past it was prized for its ability to extract and preserve the active elements from herbs.  In fact, many of our favourite drinks were originally created for medicinal […]

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Quick thinking

Since arriving as complete novices to the world of gin in 2019, the husand and wife owners of Ayrshire’s smallest gin producer, The Inventor’s Gin Co, have had to adapt their business model to a rapidly changing world. Due to the pandemic, all face-to-face gin events were cancelled throughout 2020, so the company went virtual […]

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US craft beers head to the UK

The Brewers Association, the USA’s not-for-profit trade association for small and independent American craft brewers, will be participating in the Manchester Craft Beer Festival (23-24 July) and London Craft Beer Festival (13-15 August). This is a first for the association which has lined up an exciting range of high-quality, innovative American craft beers showcasing a […]

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Taste of summer

New summer gin from award-winning Land of Saints Organic Gin distillers Having won Gold at the 2021 Taste Of The West Awards, Land of Saints Organic Gin launched their new St. Clement Gin, adding to their award-winning range. They also opened England’s first biodynamic distillery in Ponsanooth — Black and Gold Organic Distillery, which has […]

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Still going strong

Despite the pandemic, the number of distilleries in the UK increased by 124 in 2020, up 28% on the number of new distilleries the year before. This was the first time that the increase in the number of distilleries had increased by more than 100, giving a total of 563 registered spirit makers across the […]

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The end of restrictions?

According to a recent poll, published by the Morning Advertiser, 56% of all hospitality operators are not confident that COVID-19 restrictions will be fully lifted on 19 July. Whatever happens on 19 July, it is doubtful that the country will be back operating in pre-pandemic conditions; some elements of social distancing and face coverings are […]

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Isle of Harris Tweed

The Isle of Harris Distillery has just launched their new Distillery Tweed jackets. The process of developing the jackets started in 2018, when the Isle of Harris Distillery started working with Harris Tweed Hebrides, the Harris Tweed Authority and the islands’ education services. The distillery’s aim was twofold: to learn more about the traditional art […]

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Small batch wonder

Fossil Coast Gin is a new premium gin, recently described by CITY AM as a “small-batch wonder” – that explores the rich and fruitful flavours across the Devon and Dorset’s Jurassic Coast – is the must-have drink this summer.  Fossil Coast Gin, founded by father and son duo, Wayne and Jack Munday, is inspired by […]

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New look for The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden Distillery, based near Edinburgh on the edge of the Pentland Hills Regional Park, has unveiled a striking new brand identity. The company’s innovative new packaging design reinforces their ‘Rooted in Nature’ ethos and their sustainability credentials. In May 2021 that the company completed a successful rebranding programme and announced their new managing director, […]

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Summertime Blues

In the opening lines to the classic country song, Summertime Blues – Well I’m a gonna raise a fuss, I’m gonna raise a holler; About workin’ all summer just to try an’ earn a dollar – the singer laments his lack of freedom and that he can’t enjoy the summer because he has to work. Today, following […]

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2021 Bartender Spirits Awards

The winners at the third Bartenders Spirits Awards, which took place in San Francisco on 7 June, have just been announced. Judged by top US bartenders and mixologists, the Bartender Spirits Awards judge a diverse range of spirits against the following parameters: mixability, balance and versatility, taste, mouthfeel and finish, packaging and price. This competition recognises […]

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Come on, England

Surrey-based Hogs Back Brewery is offering drinkers a free pint of Three Hogs, its beer specially brewed for the Euros, if the England squad lifts the nation’s spirits by reaching the tournament final in July. Three Hogs was brewed as a draught beer for the Euros in 2016 and the World Cup in 2018, and […]

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World Cider Day 3 June 2021

Coinciding with World Cider Day – 3 June 2021 – award-winning Napton Cidery has launched a limited edition cider to mark launch of their new taproom. The day has been a long time coming for the owners of Napton Cidery, whose grand opening plans were cancelled due to the first Covid-19 lockdown. During the lockdown Jolyon […]

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Supporting IDE 2021

We are delighted to have partnered with the organisers of the International Drink Expo (IDE), which will take place on ExCel London on 9 & 10 November 2021.  We will be helping to promote this event, which is being billed as: “the ultimate drinks event, connecting hospitality professionals with the innovations to boost their ROI, […]

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Awards for Mainbrace Rum

Mainbrace Rum has been recognised at several awards ceremonies for their Mainbrace Navy Strength Rum and Mainbrace Premium Golden Rum.  A double gold award was conferred on their Mainbrace Navy Strength Rum and their Mainbrace Premium Golden Rum took gold at the San Francisco Wine & Spirits Competition 2021 At the Rum & Cachaça Masters […]

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Isle of Harris Gin goes west

Isle of Harris Distillery, a boutique distillery founded in 2015 on the Isle of Harris, situated in the Outer Hebrides off Scotland’s far north-western coast has partnered with MISA Imports, a US wine and spirits import company based in Dallas, Texas. The multi-award-winning Isle of Harris Gin is known for its use of sugar kelp […]

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DrinkWell’s new low cal IPA

DrinkWell, the specialist retailer specialising in low calorie alcoholic drinks, has launched its own IPA to spearhead their lower calorie and low carb beer portfolio. DrinkWell IPA is a classically brewed IPA at 4.1% ABV, but only contains 99 calories and 3g carbohydrates per 330ml bottle; it is also suitable for gluten-free and vegan diets. […]

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Brighton Gin is bound for Oz

Following a year of meticulous planning, involving late nights and early morning Zoom calls, the owner of Brighton Gin is delighted to announce that their products will now be available in Australia. There have been various Customs hurdles to overcome, but in the very near future the gin will be available to order online for […]

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Success for Navy Strength Gin

Thunderflower Distillery’s newest Navy Strength Gin, FireShip 58, won two awards at the recent 2021 Gin Guide Awards – winning in the Navy Strength Gin category and named as Industry Choice Award for Gin (awarded to the gin that received the highest number of nominations from industry experts). Gins from more than 30 countries competed […]

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Rebrand for the Old Curious

The Old Curiosity Distillery recently announced that it is being re-named as The Secret Garden Distillery, which coincides with the appointment of a new managing director, André de Almeida. From the 3 May 2021 the business will become The Secret Garden Distillery and their gins will be sold under the Secret Garden Gin brand. In […]

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Two heads are better…

Smuggled from Cornwall is a unique collaboration between Cornwall’s oldest cider maker, Haye Farm, and Cornwall’s first plough-to-bottle distillery (and San Francisco World Spirits 2020 Double Gold Winner), Colwith Farm Distillery. The idea of working together started to germinate when Bill Cole, of Haye Farm, and Steve Dustow of Colwith Farm, shared a stand in […]

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Boost for hospitality sector

At Hand Crafted Drinks Magazine we’re delighted to see so many cafés, bars, pubs and restaurants starting to re-open, in line with the latest government advice, but we know that according to the Morning Advertiser three in five pubs remain closed. Whilst it is very good news for the operators of those venues that can […]

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Silver for Wolftown Gin

Wolftown Gin, which is produced by Wolftown from Ulverston, Cumbria, has won a silver medal at the 2021 London Spirits Competition. Wolftown Gin, which scored 86 points, was judged on quality, value and packaging. Where other competitions focus solely on technical competence and distilling prowess, the London Spirits Competition evaluates drinks for their all round […]

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Ramsbury Vodka takes gold

Ramsbury Estates’ Ramsbury Single Estate Vodka has just been named as the Best Spirit of the Year and best Vodka of the Year award at the 2021 London Spirits Competition. The distillery that produces the award-winning vodka is based in the village of Ramsbury, at the heart of the 19,000-acre Ramsbury Estate, where the spirit […]

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STRYKK’s ready to drink range

Alcohol-free brand, STRYKK, has announced the launch of their new ready-to-drink range. STRYKK Ready to Drink taps into the most popular spirit mixer combinations with none of the alcohol and only 18 calories per can. STRYKK Ready to Drink, is an alcohol-free spirit-mixer alternative offering two of the most popular spirit mixer flavours: NOT G*N & […]

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Silver medal for Vára Gin

The owners of Deerness Distillery are delighted to announce that their new Vára Orkney Craft Pink Gin has won its first medal at the recent London Spirits Competition 2021. Vára Orkney Craft Pink Gin (Vára meaning ‘become spring’ in old Norse) was created to be the perfect drink for the warmer spring days and relaxing summer […]

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New service on tap

From Monday 12 April, pubs across England are able to open if their premises have suitable outside areas to serve their customers. One such venue that is delighted to be opening is the Langham Brewery’s new Taproom, whose outside seating area will be open six days a week, with eight tables available on a strict pre-booked basis. […]

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New tincture launches

Isle of Harris Distillers has just announced the third release of their experimental apothecary range of botanical inventions, designed to complement Isle of Harris Gin. Developed by friend of the brand and local plant expert, Amanda Saurin, Isle of Harris Distillers continues to explore the joys of the Outer Hebridean island’s indigenous flora. Hand-picked in […]

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The glorious 12th (of April)

Award-winning Hogs Back Brewery is preparing to re-open on Monday 12 April, with musicians booked to perform in their Brewery Taproom from 20 May. Hogs Back Brewery, based in Tongham, Surrey, will be re-opening its doors on Monday 12 April, in line with the latest government guidance. Customers will once again be able to enjoy […]

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New alliance for Innovatus

Innovatus Drinks, the brand behind Horse Guards Gin and Wing Walker Rum, has announced a strategic partnership with Hanlons Brewery. The deal confirms Hanlons as the exclusive distributor of Innovatus products in the South-West region and fast tracks an already expanding distribution network for Innovatus. The partnership also provides Hanlons with the opportunity to offer […]

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American Brewery in London

Although the closure of the hospitality sector has hit the brewing industry, one American is determined to make his mark on the capital’s vibrant craft beer scene. Rich White moved to London from Syracuse, New York, in 2013, where he spent five years producing award-winning beers as head brewer for London Brewing Co. In 2019 he […]

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No.1 Fairham Gin set to launch

Ellis McKeown and Liam Stemson, founders of Lancashire-based No.1 Fairham Gin, have spent the last 12 months perfecting their signature gin, which will be officially launched at the end of March. Ellis and Liam, who share a passion for gin, made the most of the Coronavirus lockdowns to turn their gin-making dream into a reality. […]

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A vintage year

Ventons Devon Cyder has just released a nine-year-old, 2012 vintage Naturally Sparkling Devon Cyder, which has been triple fermented. Almost a decade in the making this limited edition cider will be sought after by connoisseurs and aficionados, alike, who will savour the rich and complex taste. Made with age-old production methods and a wide range […]

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Isle of Harris Gin goes for gold

Isle of Harris Gin has been awarded Gold in the Taste category for London Dry Gin, at the recent World Gin Awards 2021. The award-winning Isle of Harris Gin is the distillery’s inaugural spirit, distilled in Tarbert on the Isle of Harris in the Outer Hebrides. Juniper, coriander, angelica root, orris root, cubebs, bitter orange […]

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Rowing for charity

Scilly Spirit Distillery has agreed to sponsor the “Emergensea Duo’s” Row Across The Atlantic Ocean, which will take place on 12 December 2021 The “Emergensea Duo” is husband and wife team, Adam and Charlie, both A&E doctors who will be hanging up their scrubs to take on the Atlantic, which will see them rowing for […]

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Can you believe it?

The Copper Crew, founded by three friends Oli, Theo and Sam, produces award-winning wines in cans, a concept that was inspired by the trend for canning wines that started in the USA. Oli had the idea to launch a canned wine company whilst studying in the USA, where he had seen the growth in the […]

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Cricket star’s charity beer

Bakewell-based Thornbridge Brewery has announced the launch of their latest beer, which has been produced in collaboration with international cricket star and England Test team captain, Joe Root MBE. All profits from Root 66 (named after Joe Root’s shirt number and his nickname) will be donated to the Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity, of which Joe […]

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Splice the Mainbrace

We might know that the phrase ‘splice the mainbrace’ is a naval tradition to make a toast to her Majesty the Queen, “To the Queen – God bless her” , but to what did it originally refer? On square-rigged sailing ships the mainbrace secured the main mast and played a pivotal role in maintaining the ship’s stability, […]

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The end of virtual events

Montgomery Group has welcomed PM Boris Johnson’s ‘Roadmap to Recovery’ as the business prepares for the return of live events in the second half of 2021.  The company’s food, drink and hospitality division, which organises trade events including Hotel, Restaurant & Catering, International Food & Drink Event, IFE Manufacturing Solutions, Independent Hotel Show and Speciality […]

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Pubs to re-open after Easter

During Boris Johnson’s much-anticipated statement to the Commons, in which he set out the first stage of the so-called roadmap to easing the lockdown, he announced that restaurants, pubs and cafes could open ‘no earlier than’ 12 April, but only if they have a beer garden or an outside dining area. By 17 May it […]

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Stockport Gin’s new home

The owners of Stockport Gin, Cheryl and Paul Sharrocks, have just announced that they are moving their company’s distilling operations from their garage to a new distillery in the centre of Stockport. Stockport Gin, which launched in March 2019, produces a range of multi-award winning gins and was named as New Business of the Year […]

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Pubs ‘likely’ to re-open in April

Impatience is growing amongst backbench MPs who are calling for the hospitality sector to be re-opened in time for Easter, which this year falls on Sunday 4 April. Industry leaders are also calling for a lifting of restrictions that have had a devastating impact on the once thriving leisure and hospitality sector. 160 CEOs have […]

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Great start for Twisted Cork

In June 2020, Christine and Lee Longden, a couple from Essex, launched their new wine retailing business, The Twisted Cork. Based at the Tower Business Park in Tiptree, near Colchester, The Twisted Cork offers a range of new and old world wines, including English wine, along with a variety of spirits and craft beers. They […]

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Keep calm & carry on brewing

Langham Brewery continues to operate within the current Covid-19 guidelines to create, brew, serve and deliver their award-winning beers. They offer a range of fresh beers in casks, kegs, bottles and cans, which are hand-crafted at their micro-brewery near Petworth, in the heart of the South Downs National Park. To ensure their customers haven’t been […]

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Cidery’s funding campaign

The owners of Warwickshire-based Napton Cidery – an award-winning family-run cider producer – have launched a new crowdfunding campaign to help kickstart the post-pandemic recovery of their business. Jolyon and Charlotte Olivier are inviting member of the public to apply for at least £40,000 in shares of their business, which has lost more than £100,000 […]

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Distillery’s glassware range

The Isle of Harris Distillery, or the Social Distillery as it is often referred to, opened in October 2015 in the small harbour village of Tarbert. The distillery was the vision of Anderson ‘Burr’ Bakewell, a man who has been connected to the island for many years. The Isle of Harris Distillery’s main purpose is […]

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Mocktail Beverages launch

Mocktails, which were created in the USA to fill a gap in the no and low alcohol drinks sectors, launched in the UK in 2020. Mocktails are made with the finest botanicals, herbs and spices, and are low in sugar, gluten free, vegan and have no artificial ingredients or preservatives. They are designed to be […]

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Brewery’s sales boost

It goes without saying that the lockdown has been very difficult for many companies working in or supplying the leisure and hospitality sector, which has taken the brunt of the lockdown measures. For London-based Three Sods Brewery, a company that has been supplying the on-trade since 2014, the lockdown was equally catastrophic, as Wilson Digby, […]

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New gin supports rare beetle

In collaboration with local TV wildlife presenter, Nick Baker, Papillon Dartmoor Distillery has crafted a new gin, called Carabus, sales of which will help support this endangered beetle. The Blue Ground Beetle (Carabus intricatus) is one of the UK’s largest ground beetles and one of the rarest. First discovered in 1811, it was soon presumed […]

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From Cumbria with love

For 2021, multi award-winning Shed 1 Distillery has re-launched their Shed Loads of Love Gin, but this time with added bling. Shed Loads of Love Gin now includes a unique combination of 24ct gold, champagne and silver leaf, which gives extra sparkle to an already popular gin (the new version is available in 50cl bottles […]

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Boost for alcohol-free spirits

London-based Elegantly Spirited’s non-alcoholic spirits brand, STRYKK™, comprises an impressive range of high quality non-alcohol alternatives to gin, rum and vodka. Stryyk was the first brand to mimic various mainstream spirits, which were two years in development. In 2018 they launched their first non-alcoholic spirits, Not Gin and Not Rum; Not Vodka followed in 2019, the […]

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New rum to save sea turtles

According to recent research from the Wine & Spirits Trade Association (WSTA), rum has been crowned the drink of lockdown*. In the 12 months to October 2020, rum enjoyed an 8% growth in sales, putting it behind whiskies, vodkas and gins in value terms. With rum on the ascendance the timing couldn’t be better for […]

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Eccentric Spirits brand revived

Award-winning distillers, In The Welsh Wind, has relaunched the Eccentric Spirits range — a series of six distinctive gins and a cask-aged rum, which have been inspired by the influential eccentric Welshman, Dr William Price*. The innovative distillery is based in the village of Tan-y-groes, five miles north of Cardigan on the West Wales coast, […]

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Better news for hospitality

A number of British hospitality associations, including the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA), UKHospitality and the Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) have welcomed the Supreme Court’s recent decision that many business interruption insurance policyholders will be able to claim for losses due to the on-going COVID-19 restrictions.   The Supreme Court ruling is likely […]

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Marketing Bars & Restaurants

When the government announced that Christmas was effectively going to be cancelled due to a third national lockdown, the owners and operators of bars, pubs, restaurants and hotels would have given a collective groan. Juat when the sector has largely adapted to keeping customers safe from COVID-19 and with only a very small percentage of […]

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Move over gin?

Gin has been the undoubted drink, probably of the decade, but all good things come to an end, or so the adage has it. But if gin’s popularity is starting to wane, what is in the ascendance? By all accounts, it’s going to be rum, whose rise in popularity has been steady, but consistent. The […]

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New charity gin

A unique London Dry Gin, made using sustainability sourced botanicals from across the Peak District has been launched by Reap & Sow to help support the work of the Council for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE).   Reap & Sow distills and sells small batch, handmade spirits in a converted cowshed in the village […]

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