Five new independent beer shops open across Britain

Five new independent beer shops have opened across the country this summer as the thriving sector continues to gather pace.

Lady of the Grapes launches in London

An independent wine shop and bar that champions women in the wine industry is set to open in Covent Garden, central London, later this month. 

Graham Norton wine brand gearing up for heavy investment

Invivo is on course to raise £3.5 million in an IPO that will allow it to significantly increase its investment in the fast-growing Graham Norton wine brand. The celebrity presenter is the chief winemaker for the range, which has grown UK sales by 230% in the past year (Nielsen, 12 months to March 2018).

James Clay takes on first UK Trappist beer

Craft and specialist beer distributor James Clay is to distribute the UK’s first-ever Trappist beer. 

Waitrose launches Provence rosé ice lollies

‪Waitrose is helping shoppers stay cool and classy during the heatwave with a new range of Provence rosé ice lollies.

Borough Wines collaborates with MW to launch its own range of wine

Borough Wines and Beer has launched its own range of wine, Maison 54, with Master of Wine, Liam Steevenson.

William Grant's newcomer blends trends in vermouth and coffee

William Grant & Sons has launched a sweet vermouth infused with the discarded fruit of the coffee berry.

The Balvenie Fifty: Marriage 0962 launches in UK this August

The Balvenie has announced the release of The Balvenie Fifty: Marriage 0962, which is comprised of rare liquid sourced from four American Oak casks aged 50 years or more.

Corkscrew partners with Majestic to offer discount on single bottles

Corkscrew, the free wine recommendation app, has partnered with Majestic Wine to give its users the Majestic ‘mix-six’ price on single bottles.

Wild Knight Vodka creators launch Boadicea Gin

The producers of premium spirits Wild Knight Vodka and Nelson’s Gold have now added a gin to their portfolio.

Brewdog Pink IPA breached watchdog marketing code

Brewdog has breached the Portman Group’s marketing code after launching a Pink IPA billed as a “beer for girls”.

Global Cider Forum scheduled to return this September

The second Global Cider Forum will take place this September in Frankfurt.

Tesco’s UK chief steps back due to illness

Tesco has announced that its recently appointed UK and Ireland boss, Charles Wilson, is to step down after being diagnosed with cancer in recent months.

Lion of Australia buys London’s Fourpure

South London craft brewer Fourpure has been bought by Australian food and drink producer Lion, a subsidiary of the Japanese brewing giant Kirin.

William Grant appoints new UK commercial director

William Grant & Sons has appointed a new commercial director for UK & Ireland.

Global Brands fine-tunes its search for new VK flavour

Global Brands has announced “unprecedented levels of interest” for the search for a new VK flavour, with the campaign reaching more than six million consumers across social media.

Gin festivals cancelled after organiser goes into administration

Twenty gin festivals due to be held across the UK over the coming months have been cancelled after the financial collapse of the organiser.

Pickering's extends into popular gin liqueur segment

Pickering’s Gin is the latest producer to add a gin liqueur to its portfolio.

High Flyer cannabis sativa beer launched by Manchester firm

A Manchester firm that imports hemp-derived products such as oils, teas and gummy bears from the US has launched what is claimed to be the UK's first session IPA containing cannabis sativa extract.

Casa Agave creates UK platform for Mexican craft spirit producers

An importer and distributor has set itself up in the UK with the aim of giving a platform to some of Mexico’s smaller producers of Tequila, Mezcal and “all things agave”.

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