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Honey, I shrunk the gin!

At Hand Crafted Drinks Magazine we hear about new product launches all the time and we’re fortunate to be on the mailing list for an increasing number of producers and marketing agencies; we receive beers, wines and spirits that come in all shapes and sizes. But, we’ve never received a drink that has been reduced […]

Boost for Badger Beers

Outland, the craft beer range from leading independent brewer Badger Beers, is going to be stocked at 400 Tesco stores from mid-February. The deal, covering three beers from the range, is a major fillip for Outland’s brand awareness, which includes the first ever off-trade listing for their West Coast IPA. The three beers to be […]

Supporting local producers

Peak Ales, the Peak District-based brewery, was chosen by the owners of The Cupola – a new heritage centre, licensed kitchen and gift ship – to produce their own label beer and gin. Colin and Alison Hall, who recently launched The Cupola, built in their home Peak District village of Stoney Middleton, are keen to […]

Quite unusual

The first thing you think of when you mention Scotland, in relation to drinks, is whisky, and for obvious reasons. With over 150 distilleries producing some of the finest whiskies in the world, there’s a good reason for this hand-in-glove association.   So, when we were sent details of a gin produced in Scotland and, […]

History in the making

Award-winning Warwickshire brewer, Purity Brewing Company, has announced a historic licensing partnership with English Heritage. In what is one of the company’s biggest partnerships in recent times, Purity Brewing Company has launched its English Heritage Collection – a trio of Best Bitter, Organic Craft Lager and Low Alcohol Pale Ale – part of a shared […]

Mixing it up in Glasgow

One of Scotland’s up-and-coming gin brands, Shipyard Gin, has announced a new collaboration with El Santo Latin American Bar & Restaurant in Glasgow. Shipyard Gin was launched in October 2021 by Glaswegian wedding filmmaker, Andy Samuel, and less than a year later his gin was winning awards. It is now available at several of Worq […]

150 years of beers

2024 is an important year for Bateman’s Brewery, one of the few completely independent family breweries in England. 150 years ago the company was established at Wainfleet, Lincolnshire, where it continues to produce its range of fine ales and beers. In 1874, when George Bateman first started his business in what was then a rented […]

Inspirational Pale Ale

Surrey-based One Planet Brewing Co has launched its first beer made using 100% solar power generated on site. The eco-friendly brewer makes all its beer using solar panels to generate enough electricity to power all its brewing activities. One Planet Brewing is a 15-hectolitre brewery, which launched with an initial investment of £250,000 from Hogs […]

Super smooth brandy

We were delighted to have received a bottle of St-Rémy’s Signature brandy, which was launched in 2020 as the new face of brandy. Presented in a new shaped transparent bottle, St-Rémy Signature was developed by the company’s master blender, Cécile Roudaut. The brandy is taken through two stages of maturation in both new oak and […]

Welsh whisky sell-out

West Wales-based distillery, In the Welsh Wind, has sold out of its inaugural release of 30-litre casks of their single malt whisky. The distillery, which pioneers locally grown Welsh barley and the use of ‘green’ (unkilned) malt, will now focus on the release of its own bottles over the coming years. The 30-litre casks were […]