Spirits & Cocktails

UK hard seltzer movement grows with launch of Sparkl

The new brand, currently stocked in Morrisons, is ready to launch in bars, pubs and restaurants when they reopen.

Spirits & Cocktails

New spiced golden rum from Southwestern Distillery

Twin Fin has been created by the makers of Tarquin's Gin to showcase both the Caribbean and the wild Cornish coast.

Spirits & Cocktails

Long read: A cool cocktail is more than the sum of its liquid parts

With bars and bartenders still in the swing of innovating their cocktail offerings, Ben Reed, global cocktail ambassador at Cocktail Credentials, asks how they can make sure their drinks are a true reflection of themselves.

Wine

New ‘flexi furlough’ scheme announced by UK government

Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced this afternoon changes to the current Job Retention Scheme for workers and employers.

Spirits & Cocktails

Cap Gin launched for World Gin Day (13 June)

The London Dry Gin is made in France with botanicals sourced in Provence.

Wine

Flint Wines completes purchase of Domaine Direct

The fine wine importer has bought the Burgundy specialist after three years of significant growth.

Wine

The Uncommon launches range of English wine spritzers

The new canned spritzers are Alfie, an English white and Peggy, an English rosé 5.5.% abv.

People & Places

How to ensure your insurer pays out over coronavirus-related claims

Following our interview with the owner of Hide restaurant, Tatiana Fokina, who is having to fight her insurers for a payout, legal firm Capital Law advises how other hospitality businesses can win business interruption claims.

Beer & Cider

Low-abv brewery Big Drop launches two summer specials

Poolside and Kodama (both 0.5% abv) are two hop-forward limited-edition beers.

Wine

Furlough wage as much as 40% less than average monthly pay for hospitality workers

The discrepancy is due to the fact furlough payments to not take into account tronc, says hospitality software provider Fourth.

People & Places

Slow drinks: Lacto-fermented coconut, by Luca Cicalese

With more time than ever to experiment at home, we've launched a special series on slow drinks – recipes for those DIY tinctures, tipples and toddies that take time to create. This week it's the turn of Luca Cicalese, junior bartender at The Savoy's American Bar.

People & Places

Free guide to help pubs, restaurants and bars to reopen unveiled

The 100 Day Playbook offers free guidance on branding, marketing, PR, digital and social for when venues begin to start rebuilding business.

Beer & Cider

Five Points unveils lower-abv summer beer

London-based Five Points Brewing Company has released its 2020 summer seasonal beer, Micro Pale.

People & Places

Local heroes: What the northern hospitality scene looks like during covid-19

In the second of our regional series, we caught up with the on-trade in Manchester, Liverpool and Sheffield to see what they're up to during the coronavirus crisis.

Beer & Cider

Fourpure is giving 10,000 free pints to key workers

The brewery is giving away its Monsoon brew, which has thus far only been available as a speciality super-fresh pale ale in pubs and bars in London.

People & Places

Is alfresco hospitality the answer to reopening the drinks industry?

As Lithuania's Vilnius' recent adoption of outdoor hospitality caused speculation as to how UK hospitality businesses could reopen amid the covid-19 crisis, we explore whether alfresco drinking is a viable option in the not so distant future.

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Touted as the ‘short sighted #beer for tall stories’ @brewdogofficial launches Barnard Castle Eye Test Hazy IPA 🍺🤣 [link in bio] 
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Big news as @flintwines has bought #Burgundy specialist @domaine_direct 🍷 [link in bio] #wine #hospitality
Many operators have found their insurers are contesting #coronavirus claims but legal firm @capitallawltd tells how one Cardiff restaurant managed to get a pay-out and gives advice for #hospitality businesses who find themselves in the same boat [link in bio] #covid19
Say hello to #SipAdvisor - our new monthly #podcast 🎧😱 [link in bio]
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Listen to our first episode, featuring an all-star line-up: @artesianbarlondon’s @annasebastian3; sommelier @jankonetzki; beer writer @petebrownbeer; @joinclubsoda’s @laurawilloughby and @ciderologist. - available now on @spotify, @itunes and wherever you usually get your podcasts from.⭐️
#Furlough pay as much as 40% less than average monthly wages for #hospitality workers, says hospitality software provider Fourth 💷💷 [link in bio] #Fair4Hospitality @ukhospitality #covid19 #coronavirus
London-based @fivepointsbrew has launched its 2020 summer seasonal #beer, Micro Pale 🆕🍺 [link in bio] #craftbeer
With #covid19, some wine regions have upped their off-trade game - but what about premium appellations, whose clients base is mainly #ontrade? Justin Keay heads to @franciacorta to find out 🔎 [link in bio] ⠀⠀
@vinotecabellavista @boutinotwines @cadelbosco_official @liberty_wines
Could an adoption of open-air eating and drinking help #bars, #restaurants and pubs reopen soon? 🤔 [link in bio] #UKGrandOutdoorCafé
The #100DayPlaybook aims to help operators reopen their #pub, #restaurant, #bar and #café once #lockdown lifts 🙏🙏 [link in bio] #hospitality
London brewery @fourpure is giving 10,000 free pints to #keyworkers - and is joining forces with @sonos @oonihq to offer one lucky winner the ultimate #beergarden party to raise funds for the @drinks_trust . Nice one chaps 🍺👏 [link in bio] #beer
In the second of our regional series, we caught up with the #ontrade in #Manchester, #Liverpool and #Sheffield to see what they’re up to during the #coronavirus crisis📍[link in bio] #lockdown #covid19
Right on time: Brits are finally embracing the #aperitifs moment... but there’s more to pre-dinner drinks than the classics... @katemalczewski talks to the #bartenders and #sommeliers changing the #aperitif landscape 🧡 [link in bio] . . 
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People & Places

Brits expecting precautionary measures when pubs reopen

Budweiser Brewing Group UK & Ireland (BBG) has released figures regarding what consumers are expecting of their local based on a recent poll of 2,373 pub-goers.

People & Places

How can venues sell alcoholic drinks under lockdown?

As British drinkers' thirst for a pint at the pub escalates, we ask specialist law firm Licencing Lawyers to provide some clarity on how venues can sell alcohol under lockdown.

Spirits & Cocktails

New Raspberry Gin Fizz RTD from Edinburgh Gin

Launched just in time for summer, the new ready to drink cocktail also comes in Neighbourhood Packs for communities who have pulled together during the covid-19 crisis.

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Spirits & Cocktails

New Raspberry Gin Fizz RTD from Edinburgh Gin

Launched just in time for summer, the new ready to drink cocktail also comes in Neighbourhood Packs for communities who have pulled together during the covid-19 crisis.

People & Places

Opinion: We need to unify against insurance companies that won’t pay out

Despite paying £300,000 in insurance per annum, Tatiana Fokina, CEO of Hide restaurant and Hedonism Wines finds her insurer of eight years unwilling to pay out over coronavirus. She tells Imbibe why hospitality businesses like hers shouldn’t give up.

Beer & Cider

Cotswold Brew launches rice lager brewed with new British hop variety

Bourton-on-the-Water-based microbrewery Cotswold Brew Co's latest release is aromatised with Olicana, a 'New-World-esque' British hop variety released in 2014.

Wine

Lambrusco: Old school cool

Wine fans have had a complicated relationship with lambrusco. But, as sweet styles step aside, Damien Gabet finds a new wave of wines are appealing to a new audience.

Beer & Cider

Right on time: Brits are finally embracing the ‘aperitivo moment’

There's more to pre-dinner drinks than the classics. We talk to the bartenders and sommeliers changing the aperitif landscape.