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Taste of paradise

According to various reports published in recent years, the demand for rum in the UK is set to continue to grow. An article published by The Spirits Business in 2022 reported that: “The UK is the third-largest rum market in the world and is valued at £1.17 billion (US$1.47bn), according to a new report by […]

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Go West

When running a drinks magazine, along with being sent myriad press releases, you also get invited to a growing number of product launches, tastings and industry events. The most recent invitation came from High West Distillery’s UK PR agency who had organised a product launch that we were invited to. Unfortunately, we didn’t think we […]

Success in San Francisco

Carpathian Single Malt Whisky, the first Romanian single malt whisky in the Carpathian Mountains region, produced by the Alexandrion Group in Bucov, Romania, impressed the judges at the recent San Francisco World Spirits Competition (SFWSC) 2024.  The double gold medal was awarded to Vradiano Cask Finish, which scored 98 points – an incredible achievement for […]

Bateman’s World Hop Tour

2024 marks Batemans Brewery’s 150th anniversary and during the year various celebrations, events and initiatives have been launched, including The World Hop Tour. The World Hop Tour comprises a range of limited edition beers that is being produced using a variety of hops and styles of production from across the globe – underpinned by the […]

Best rum in South Africa

Lebogang Mooka, the founder of Mooka Rum explains why she entered the London Spirits Competition and the positive impact it has had on her business. Mooka Rum was launched in August 2022, manufactured and produced by one of South African’s best distilleries called Earthbound Distillery. I initially wanted to do gin, however after doing some […]

Thornbridge triumphs

At the recent SIBA Awards, Bakewell-based Thornbridge Brewery was recognised in four main categories, including being named as Brewery Business of the Year. in the Commercial Achievement category the brewery was a finalist; their online shop was highly commended and the company was also named as the winner of the Best Collaboration award. The collaboration […]

Double gold for Hogs Back

Surrey-based Hogs Back Brewery is raising a celebratory glass after gold medal wins in two prestigious beer competitions for its Little Swine 0.5% ABV pale ale. Golds for Little Swine 0.5% in both the European Beer Challenge and the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) National Independent Beer Awards are testament to the Hogs Back brewing […]

Back to the future

When Purity Brewing Company, the award-winning brewery based in Warwickshire, announced a historic licensing partnership with English Heritage, we were intrigued. Having contacted their PR agency, as we had already covered the news of this unique partnership, a box of six beers arrived at the office and appetites were whetted. The range comprises a 4% […]

Underneath the arches

A popular local event organised by four artisan businesses in Leamington Spa, including two breweries and a distillery, is to take place every month through the spring and summer, to celebrate the historic part of their town.  The events, branded as Arches Day, are free to attend and include live musicians and DJ sets, with […]

Lower your costs & emissions

With on-going cost pressures and obligations to reduce CO2 emissions, drinks manufacturers are battling on several fronts, which has led to many smaller and medium-sized breweries going out of business. One company that is helping businesses across all sectors to reduce their energy costs and CO2 emissions is Worksop-based Levercor Energy System’s whose combined heat […]