Claire Dodd

Claire Dodd


As a freelance journalist, Claire has written about pretty much any topic you can imagine, from which are the best sausages, to how to flood-proof your home. However, her writing on drinks began when she landed a job as a features writer for the Publican magazine in 2007. Adjusting to a lifestyle of sampling the best drinks from around the world was tough, but someone had to do it. Having left the title in 2011, today Claire focuses on drinks and travel writing for both consumer and trade titles. Aside from searching the globe for the best drinks, and the nicest spots to consume them, she also judges global brewing competitions and keeps an eye on the business moves of the on-trade.

News |  Spirits & Cocktails

Dial M for Manhattan: should you make cocktails to go?

Good cocktails require three things: quality ingredients, time, and a skilled ‘tender.

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House of Lords debate proposed changes to Licensing Act 2003

The House of Lords met yesterday to challenge ministers on proposed amendments to the Licensing Act 2003, a piece of legislation described as ‘fundame

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What is the government doing to help businesses that are hurting now?

So, we are to get a new Food and Drink Sector Council.

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Brexit is a big plus: Wetherspoons' Tim Martin on cocktails, carpets and the future of pubs

We asked you what 10 questions you’d like to put to Tim Martin, outspoken MD of JD Wetherspoon.

News |  Beer & Cider

Hogs Back unveils session ale for Christmas

Halloween is behind us, along with its limited-edition autumn beers, and the Christmas lights have already been switched on.

News |  Beer & Cider

Possible delays to Welsh minimum unit pricing decision

With the UK Supreme Court due to rule this week on the introduction of minimum alcohol unit pricing in Scotland, a data and analytics company believes

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Punch trials food support for pubs

Pub company Punch has begun trialling a new scheme aimed at helping its tenanted and leased operators boost their food business.The company has develo

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New EU settled status scheme met with tentative welcome

The government’s pledge that EU citizens will be given a two-year grace period to apply for settled status once Britain leaves the Union has been welc

Podcasts

SipAdvisor: Listen to our first Imbibe podcast

SipAdvisor by Imbibe is our new monthly podcast and our first episode features all-star line-up: the Artesian’s Anna Sebastian; sommelier Jan Konetzki; beer writer Pete Brown; Club Soda’s Laura Willoughby, and ciderologist Gabe Cook.

SipAdvisor special: Natural wine podcast

Following the announcement earlier this year that ‘natural wine’ has been legally recognised in France as Vin méthode nature, our first  podcast special edition is entirely dedicated to the subject.

SipAdvisor: Episode 2

In the second episode of our podcast, we look at what re-opening might look like for the UK’s pubs bars and restaurants – including an interview with on-trade marketing legend Mark McCullough about the 100 Day Playbook, a muse on PPE for hospitality staff, all accompanied by a glass of English fizz for English Wine Week.

News |  Beer & Cider

Hogs Back unveils session ale for Christmas

Halloween is behind us, along with its limited-edition autumn beers, and the Christmas lights have already been switched on.

News |  Beer & Cider

Possible delays to Welsh minimum unit pricing decision

With the UK Supreme Court due to rule this week on the introduction of minimum alcohol unit pricing in Scotland, a data and analytics company believes

News

Punch trials food support for pubs

Pub company Punch has begun trialling a new scheme aimed at helping its tenanted and leased operators boost their food business.The company has develo

News

New EU settled status scheme met with tentative welcome

The government’s pledge that EU citizens will be given a two-year grace period to apply for settled status once Britain leaves the Union has been welc

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Heineken sells 29 pubs to Admiral and G1 Group

Admiral Taverns and one of Scotland’s largest hospitality companies, the G1 Group, have collaborated to buy 29 pubs from Heineken’s newly enlarged Sta

News |  Beer & Cider

MPs urged to ease ‘triple whammy’ of rising costs

MPs meeting today to debate ‘Taxation of the beer and pub sector’ are being urged to help ease the ‘triple whammy’ of costs facing pubs.Ahead of the d

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Got a question for Wetherspoon’s boss Tim Martin?

He’s the boss of one of the UK’s most successful hospitality businesses, J D Wetherspoon.

News |  Wine

Global wine production to hit 50-year low

Global wine production is set to fall to its lowest level in over 50 years, according to a new report  from the Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV).Th

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Heineken sells 29 pubs to Admiral and G1 Group

Admiral Taverns and one of Scotland’s largest hospitality companies, the G1 Group, have collaborated to buy 29 pubs from Heineken’s newly enlarged Sta

News |  Beer & Cider

MPs urged to ease ‘triple whammy’ of rising costs

MPs meeting today to debate ‘Taxation of the beer and pub sector’ are being urged to help ease the ‘triple whammy’ of costs facing pubs.Ahead of the d

News

Got a question for Wetherspoon’s boss Tim Martin?

He’s the boss of one of the UK’s most successful hospitality businesses, J D Wetherspoon.

News |  Wine

Global wine production to hit 50-year low

Global wine production is set to fall to its lowest level in over 50 years, according to a new report  from the Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV).Th