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COVID-19 rules eased

Here at Hand Crafted Drinks Magazine, we support the government’s latest announcement that the measures put in place under Plan B in England will be lifted. The changes are set out below: The government is no longer asking people to work from home if they can. People should now talk to their employers to agree […]

Chris Keightley steps down

Earlier today, Monday 13 December 2021, Chris Keightley stepped down as a director of Artisan Publishing, the owner and publisher of Hand Crafted Drinks Magazine. Chris has played an important role in helping to build the magazine, especially as we launched in such challenging circumstances, and we wish him all the very best in the […]

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 […]

RBL gins to raise £100,000

Building on the success of last year’s fundraising campaign, which raised over £40,000 for the Royal British Legion (RBL), Derbyshire Distillery has launched a new range of four gins to celebrate the RBL’s 100th anniversary — with the aim of raising £100,000 to support the work of the charity. In 2020 Derbyshire Distillery became a […]

Issue 3 is now online

Welcome to the third issue of Hand Crafted Drinks Magazine and the penultimate issue of the year. Having come through a very mixed summer, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and latterly the effects of Brexit, the hospitality industry is hoping for a bright Christmas, but clouds remain over the sector. Staff shortages across various sectors, from […]

Issue Two out now

If you haven’t yet seen issue two, you can view it as a PDF or on two digital platforms by clicking here. From issue two: On Monday 19 July — or ‘Freedom Anecdotal evidence from the food Day’ to many — England finally and drink sector suggests that the witnessed the end of the majority of […]

Summertime Blues

In the opening lines to the classic country song, Summertime Blues – Well I’m a gonna raise a fuss, I’m gonna raise a holler; About workin’ all summer just to try an’ earn a dollar – the singer laments his lack of freedom and that he can’t enjoy the summer because he has to work. Today, following […]

No.1 Fairham Gin set to launch

Ellis McKeown and Liam Stemson, founders of Lancashire-based No.1 Fairham Gin, have spent the last 12 months perfecting their signature gin, which will be officially launched at the end of March. Ellis and Liam, who share a passion for gin, made the most of the Coronavirus lockdowns to turn their gin-making dream into a reality. […]

A vintage year

Ventons Devon Cyder has just released a nine-year-old, 2012 vintage Naturally Sparkling Devon Cyder, which has been triple fermented. Almost a decade in the making this limited edition cider will be sought after by connoisseurs and aficionados, alike, who will savour the rich and complex taste. Made with age-old production methods and a wide range […]

From Cumbria with love

For 2021, multi award-winning Shed 1 Distillery has re-launched their Shed Loads of Love Gin, but this time with added bling. Shed Loads of Love Gin now includes a unique combination of 24ct gold, champagne and silver leaf, which gives extra sparkle to an already popular gin (the new version is available in 50cl bottles […]