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

Revolution bidding war continues as Deltic issue new offer

Nightclub operator Deltic Group has reignited the bidding war for the Revolution Bars Group, by launching a new offer intended to woo shareholders.Wit

News |  Beer & Cider

JW Lees reports record £67.7m turnover

Manchester-based family brewer JW Lees has reported record turnover, achieving 5.6% growth to £67.7m, as it eyes the 'next chapter' in its history.The

News |  Wine

Enotria & Coe clears debt to face challenges post-Brexit

Drinks distributor Enotria & Coe has received a major investment by its largest shareholder, Blue Gem LP, clearing its debt burden to pursue further g

News |  Mixers & More

Schweppes launches biggest investment in 200 years

Tonic and mixers brand Schweppes has launched premium range, Schweppes 1783, in what it has called its biggest GB investment in its 234-year history.T

News

Be At One secures £20m in refinancing

Cocktail bar group, Be At One is to expand nationally, growing the estate from 33 bars to 70 over the next five years.The news comes after the company

News |  Spirits & Cocktails

The Ivy and Chase team up for new Centenary Gin

The Ivy and the Herefordshire-based Chase Distillery have joined forces to create a new gin to mark the restaurant’s 100th Anniversary.The liquid was

News |  Beer & Cider

Cask Report: Sales continue to decline but consumers willing to spend

Sales of cask ale have fallen by 5% over the last six years, according to the latest edition of the Cask Report, published today to coincide with Cask

News |  Spirits & Cocktails

Amber Beverage Group launches Rooster Rojo tequila

Amber Beverage Group has launched 100% agave premium tequila brand Rooster Rojo, made with traditional methods and filtered through Mexican silver.Cel

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.

SipAdvisor: How to tackle no shows

SipAdvisor by Imbibe is our monthly podcast. In this third episode, we remember some of the venues that have had to close during the Covid-19 crisis before taking a closer look at the problem of no shows

News

Be At One secures £20m in refinancing

Cocktail bar group, Be At One is to expand nationally, growing the estate from 33 bars to 70 over the next five years.The news comes after the company

News |  Spirits & Cocktails

The Ivy and Chase team up for new Centenary Gin

The Ivy and the Herefordshire-based Chase Distillery have joined forces to create a new gin to mark the restaurant’s 100th Anniversary.The liquid was

News |  Beer & Cider

Cask Report: Sales continue to decline but consumers willing to spend

Sales of cask ale have fallen by 5% over the last six years, according to the latest edition of the Cask Report, published today to coincide with Cask

News |  Spirits & Cocktails

Amber Beverage Group launches Rooster Rojo tequila

Amber Beverage Group has launched 100% agave premium tequila brand Rooster Rojo, made with traditional methods and filtered through Mexican silver.Cel

News |  Wine

Bibendum takes over La Guita distribution

Bibendum has added Spanish sherry producer La Guita to its premium wine range, taking over UK distribution from Enotria.Founded in 1852, La Guita bott

News

Tower Hamlets to introduce Late Night Levy

Tower Hamlets Council has announced it is to adopt a Late Night Levy charge which applies to premises that sell alcohol between midnight and 6am, begi

News |  Beer & Cider

Poor weather impacts performance for Mitchells & Butlers

Poor weather, continued 'cost headwinds', and challenging market conditions have impacted performance for Mitchells & Butlers (M&B) according to the p

News

Tax Equality Day highlights unfair tax ‘burden’ faced by the on-trade

The on-trade joined together yesterday to highlight the tax ‘burden’ faced by pubs and bars, as trade bodies and pub groups called for a VAT reduction

News |  Wine

Bibendum takes over La Guita distribution

Bibendum has added Spanish sherry producer La Guita to its premium wine range, taking over UK distribution from Enotria.Founded in 1852, La Guita bott

News

Tower Hamlets to introduce Late Night Levy

Tower Hamlets Council has announced it is to adopt a Late Night Levy charge which applies to premises that sell alcohol between midnight and 6am, begi

News |  Beer & Cider

Poor weather impacts performance for Mitchells & Butlers

Poor weather, continued 'cost headwinds', and challenging market conditions have impacted performance for Mitchells & Butlers (M&B) according to the p

News

Tax Equality Day highlights unfair tax ‘burden’ faced by the on-trade

The on-trade joined together yesterday to highlight the tax ‘burden’ faced by pubs and bars, as trade bodies and pub groups called for a VAT reduction