lockdown news

News |  Beer & Cider

Magic Rock releases home working-themed beer

Huddersfield-based brewer Magic Rock's newest addition to the core range is a homage to home working.

News |  People & Places

Business Interruption insurance – will yours now pay out?

The High Court recently found in favour of businesses claiming payouts from their insurance firms – but there are still some caveats for hospitality businesses. We asked Catrin Povey, an insurance lawyer Capital Law to explain.

News |  Wine

Sommelier-curated wine subscription service launches

Conceived during lockdown, Private Somm is a new, sommelier-curated, monthly wine subscription service.

News |  Spirits & Cocktails

Tayēr RTD bottled cocktail collection to be distributed by Cask Liquid Marketing

Alex Kratena and Monica Berg's ready-to-drink serves, created during lockdown, are now available for on- and off-trade sales.

News |  Wine

Takeaway alcohol sales up a third in lockdown, according to Just Eat data

And the 10pm curfew is fuelling yet more demand according to one UK bottler, which is reporting a spike in demand following the introduction of the curfew last week.

News |  People & Places

Furlough fraud – have you been affected?

The whistle blower-protection charity, Protect, says that 20% of calls in relation to furlough fraud have come from those in the hospitality sector, so we asked Michelle Sloane, partner at law firm RPC for some advice for employees and employers.

News |  Wine

WSET registers remarkable growth in online candidate registrations

Leading global provider of wine, spirits and saké qualifications the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has reported a significant growth in online candidate registrations for the last academic year (2019/20).

News |  People & Places

Trade associations dispute speculations that pubs would have to close again

Trade associations reacted to claims that pubs in England may need to close again to allow schools to reopen in September, calling for more clarity on the matter and warning the government on its potentially devastating consequences.

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 |  Wine

Takeaway alcohol sales up a third in lockdown, according to Just Eat data

And the 10pm curfew is fuelling yet more demand according to one UK bottler, which is reporting a spike in demand following the introduction of the curfew last week.

News |  People & Places

Furlough fraud – have you been affected?

The whistle blower-protection charity, Protect, says that 20% of calls in relation to furlough fraud have come from those in the hospitality sector, so we asked Michelle Sloane, partner at law firm RPC for some advice for employees and employers.

News |  Wine

WSET registers remarkable growth in online candidate registrations

Leading global provider of wine, spirits and saké qualifications the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has reported a significant growth in online candidate registrations for the last academic year (2019/20).

News |  People & Places

Trade associations dispute speculations that pubs would have to close again

Trade associations reacted to claims that pubs in England may need to close again to allow schools to reopen in September, calling for more clarity on the matter and warning the government on its potentially devastating consequences.

News |  People & Places

Pubs in England might need to close again for schools to reopen

On Saturday, Sage member Prof Graham Medley said that pubs in England may need to close again, in a ‘trade-off’ that would allow schools to reopen in September as originally planned.

News |  Beer & Cider

Beer fans turned to local brewers and more premium brews during lockdown

A new also survey found that while ‘beer enthusiasts’ have been drinking more frequently the volume of beer consumed has remained the same.

News |  People & Places

How bartenders found inspiration in lockdown

Lockdown was a challenging time for everyone but a number of bartenders have kept themselves occupied and sane developing new skills that may well prove useful even now that bars and restaurants have begun to reopen their doors.

News |  Wine

Sommelier's lockdown wine club initiative takes £30,000 of orders a month

Andre Luis Martins staved off boredom during lockdown by creating a home wine club for members of the Cavalry & Guards Club where he works. The initiative was a huge success – so much so, he's now looking to extend it.

News |  People & Places

Pubs in England might need to close again for schools to reopen

On Saturday, Sage member Prof Graham Medley said that pubs in England may need to close again, in a ‘trade-off’ that would allow schools to reopen in September as originally planned.

News |  Beer & Cider

Beer fans turned to local brewers and more premium brews during lockdown

A new also survey found that while ‘beer enthusiasts’ have been drinking more frequently the volume of beer consumed has remained the same.

News |  People & Places

How bartenders found inspiration in lockdown

Lockdown was a challenging time for everyone but a number of bartenders have kept themselves occupied and sane developing new skills that may well prove useful even now that bars and restaurants have begun to reopen their doors.

News |  Wine

Sommelier's lockdown wine club initiative takes £30,000 of orders a month

Andre Luis Martins staved off boredom during lockdown by creating a home wine club for members of the Cavalry & Guards Club where he works. The initiative was a huge success – so much so, he's now looking to extend it.