From mead tasting and wellness classes, to virtual distillery tours and an online beer festival, here are some online activities to keep you entertained in the coming weeks
Look after your wellness and stay connected with Hospo Live
Think Hospitality and Flow Hospitality have just launched Hospo Live, an online content hub for hospitality workers. Covering the likes of yoga, fitness, live cooking sessions and interviews with inspirational hospitality figures, content will be available for free on Facebook Live from Monday to Friday, each week.
Guests already confirmed are Dragon Den’s Sarah Willingham, UK Hospitality’s Kate Nicholls, London Cocktail Club’s JJ Goodman, Disney keynote speaker Dan Cockerell, and Ryan Chetiyawardana.
Tonight (27 March) at 9pm, Islay’s most remote distillery will be holding a whisky masterclass for its fans, some of whom may have been planning to attend (the now postponed) Whisky Live, this weekend.
Global brand director Derek Scott will share the brand’s history and craft, while also hosting a Q&A session and guiding viewing through a tasting of Bunnahabhain’s 12yo and 25yo expressions.
What better way to celebrate International Whisky Day?
You can access the event on the distillery’s Facebook page and questions can be submitted in advance. The best question will also win a bottle of Bunnahabhain 25yo.
Get your mead on with Gosnells
Gosnells of London has launched two online tasting formats: Gosnells Group and Gosnells Individual to help bring mead to the masses.
Gosnells Individual sessions (£30pp) will take place every Friday at 5pm on IGTV, with mead-makers Will, James or Tom taking participants through four of six meads that customers can buy in their Bundle. Meads will include Gosnells’ 12% abv barrel-aged expression and its low-abv kombucha-style 0.5%.
Gosnells Group sessions (for up to 10 people, £25pp) will also be available and will take place on Google Hangouts at a suitable time.
All participants will receive a Bundle of meads ahead of time and should be booked around two days before tastings.
The craft beer club has announced Cyber Fest, the world’s first online beer festival. Taking place in Friday 17 April (6pm-10pm), the event will be live-streamed with Richard Croasdale (the editor of Beer 52’s magazine Ferment) conducting virtual, back-to-back tastings and Q&A sessions with brewers behind each box.
Brewers taking part include Mikkel Borg-Bjergsø of Danish brewery Mikkeller, as well as Northern Monk, Boundary, Salt, Gipsy Hill, Tiny Rebel, Buxton, Verdant, Dark Revolution and Wild Beer Co.
Festival ‘goers’ can book their tickets and order their case of 12 craft beers online now.
Go on a virtual distillery tour
Some of the world’s most famous distilleries are (metaphorically) opening their doors and offering virtual tours.
One of the niftiest is The Glenturret. It may be Scotland’s oldest distillery, but it has fully embraced modern tech and allows those touring to poke their noses into every nook and cranny. Laphroaig is offering a full 360-degree tour; Sipsmith is introducing Prudence, Contance and Patience –it’s three copper stills; Kyoto Distillery –which doesn’t even do real-life tours – has a 3D version; and Patrón Tequila gives guests abee as their guide through the agave fields and distillery tour, and there’s evn a mini documentary.
Cook along with King’s Cross and Coal Drops Yards restaurants
Some of the food destinations’ favourite restaurants will be posting regular cooking and recipe videos to keep people entertained during isolation.
Barrafina will be posting daily cooking videos; Coal Office is providing recipes; and Notes Coffee has hosted a webinar on how to make the perfect coffee.
Join The Scotch Malt Whisky Society’s Members Room
The whisky club has set up an online Members Room for whisky fans to meet up virtually, enjoy a dram and take part in online tastings –from their sofa.
With the society’s online shop operating as usual, members can purchase some whisky, download a tasting mat and have the experts take them through a selection of 12 flavour profiles during tastings and tutorials.
Learn more about Champagne with The Finest Bubble
Champagne same-day delivery company The Finest Bubble has launched The Friday Bubble (starting tonight, 6.30pm, 27 March) to provide weekly Instagram Live tastings.
The first, hour-long tasting will be held by Essi Avellan MW, who will lead participants through the first topic, Grape Variety, with tastings of Louis Roederer Blanc de Blancs 2011 and Palmer & Co Blanc des Noirs.
Bottles can be ordered a mere two hours ahead of time (if you’re in London) or the day before the tasting if elsewhere in the UK.
Head to The Finest Bubble’s Instagram page for all the details.