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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Kiwi cocktail competition

New Zealand-based Cardrona Distillery is delighted to announce the judges for their inaugural cocktail competition. A dynamic line-up of industry experts, who will each take the lead for regional finals, with Ben Alcock judging the grand final in Cardrona, New Zealand in September 2022. The Brief Bartenders are invited to create a signature cocktail with […]

IFE returns

Between 21 and 23 March, thousands of key buyers in the global food & drink industry descended on IFE, International Food & Drink Event at ExCeL London for three days of product tasting, networking, learning and doing business. The hotly anticipated twenty-second edition of the event took place alongside Hotel, Restaurant & Catering (HRC), IFE Manufacturing, […]

Media partner status

Hand Crafted Drinks Magazine has become a media partner for the forthcoming events, the London Wine, London Spirits and London Beer competitions. We are working to promote and support the three UK-based international events, which look to recognise, reward and help promote drinks brands that have successfully been created to identify with and target specific drinkers. […]

Party at a brewery

The popular idiom to describe an incompetent person states that they couldn’t organise a party at a brewery. The actual word isn’t ‘party’ but you get the idea. But, if it’s a party at a brewery that you’re after then the owners of Hogs Back Brewery in Tongham, Surrey, have got the next few months […]

Thornbridge’s Year of Beer

The last couple of years have been tough on cask beer, both for producers and pubs, alike. A combination of government guidelines and the reticence of the public to return to venues and public spaces has led to a nationwide decline in the category. The decline of the beer sector was also covered in a […]

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 […]