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Super Early Bird Discounts

The 2023 London Spirits Competition is now accepting submissions, so enter now to take advantage of their super early bird discounts. The organisers of the 2023 competition are encouraging brand owners to enter their spirits in the 6th annual London Spirits Competition and take advantage of the super early bird offer, which can save £75 […]

Highway to EV hell?

The sale of petrol and diesel-powered cars will be banned from 2030, which is going to lead to more and more people driving electric vehicles over the next few years. The elephant in the room, however, is charging points or lack of charging points to be precise. I have yet to visit any pub, restauranr […]

New rum launched

The Isle of Barra Distillers has just launched their very first Island Dark Rum, which is infused with exotic botanicals, including carrageen seaweed, coconut, cardamom, cloves, lemon and orange peel. We have yet to sample what sounds like an amazine rum, but we have read the tasting notes, which have certainly whet the appetite: on the […]

And, the winner is…

At the recent Coventry & Warwickshire Foodie Awards, two companies that have previously been featured by Hand Crafted Drinks Magazine walked away with prestigious awards. St Maur, the Alcester-based start-up liqueur company founded by the Earl and Countess of Yarmouth, won The Foodie Start-up Award. St Maur, is a hand-crafted elderflower liqueur, which was originally […]

We are the champions

A total of 250 pubs have joined the Grassroots Sports Champion programme, launched in March by PubAid and Sky to recognise and reward pubs’ support for local sport. The Grassroots Sports Champion programme is open to any pub involved in local sport, whether they host a pool or darts side, sponsor a football team or […]

Beer Piper cleans up

Manchester-based Beer Piper, the UK’s number one company in beer line cleaning, is investing over one million pounds into the business as it consolidates its dominant position in the hospitality sector, which with enable to the company to move to new premises and buy additional equipment. The company will move to enlarged premises at Trafford […]

The Macallan M Collection

The Macallan has unveiled The Macallan M Collection, a range of limited release single malt whiskies, which celebrate the brand’s six pillars. The six pillars are the foundation stones that account for The Macallan’s distinctive and exceptional whiskies and comprise: Natural Colour, Mastery, Curiously Small Spirit Stills, The Estate, Exceptional Oak Casks and Sherry Seasoning. […]

Enter your spirits brand

The 2023 London Spirits Competition is now accepting submissions. Brands looking to enter into the sixth annual London Spirits Competition are encouraged to submit by 31 August to get the super early bird offer and save £75 on the entry fee. If a drinks competition is doing its job, it should be attracting the most […]

Bless these hops

Surrey-based Hogs Back Brewery welcomed 200 guests to an official blessing of its hop garden in Tongham by local vicar, Reverend Claire Holt, held on Ascension Day (26 May). Blessing of crops is a tradition dating back centuries in rural communities, as a way of encouraging plentiful harvests. Hogs Back’s 8.5-acre hop garden is home […]

Spirits competition winners

The results of the 2022 London Spirits Competition are out. This is a competition where spirits were judged for end-user consumers. Spirits were rated with three main criteria in mind: quality, value and packaging. To be a medal winner, Spirits must show a rating in all the three factors with most of the weighting on […]