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Award for apprentice distiller

Ffion Lewis has been promoted to lead distiller at In The Welsh Wind Distillery, the award-winning distillers based at Tanygroes, near Cardigan, after completing a Foundation Apprenticeship in Brewing. Now the 22-year-old’s learning journey has been rewarded with the Foundation Apprentice of the Year award at the annual Apprenticeship, Employment and Skills Awards, held by […]

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 […]

Award-winning Wolftown Gin

Wolftown Citrus Gin, produced by Ulverston-based Wolftown, was a winner in The Flavoured Gin category at The Gin Guide Awards 2022 and it also won a bronze medal at the London Spirits Competition, which took place in London in March. Hundreds of gins from over 30 countries around the world took part in The Gin […]

Aldi: Best Spirits Supermarket 2022

Aldi has scooped the Best Spirits Supermarket 2022 award at The People’s Choice Spirits Awards, the result of the sheer number of votes that the supermarket received by spirit lovers, beating rival supermarkets, Booths and Waitrose, to take home the coveted award.  The awards ceremony, which took place at Stoller Hall in Manchester, welcomed people from […]

St Maur takes gold in Vegas

Aristocratic entrepreneurs from Alcester are celebrating further international success for their liqueur within the first 18 months of trading. The Las Vegas Global Spirits Gold Award becomes the latest in a series of prestigious industry accolades for St Maur Elderflower Liqueur, produced by William and Kelsey Seymour, the Earl and Countess of Yarmouth. Chosen among […]

Success for Black Cow Vodka

At the end of 2021 Dorset-based Black Cow Vodka was named as the UK’s Best Drinks Producer at the BBC Food and Farming Awards. Companies that enter the BBC Food Programme’s annual food and farming awards are initially nominated by their customers. The short-listed companies that enter various categories are then put before a distinguished […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]