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Northern Irish gin wins two international awards

 Boatyard Gin has won two awards in the prestigious International Wine and Spirit Competition 2017. 

Distinctive: Boatyard's packaging won a bronze medal in the awards
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Set up for spirit success

25-Jul-2017 - While your operation may be known for serving the best Mojito or the region’s greatest gin and tonic, there are many operational areas that could negatively impact your trade and profit....

Bar deals with customer TripAdvisor review in the best possible way

25-Jul-2017 - A popular bar in Bristol has responded to a customer's criticism on TripAdvisor by naming a cocktail after his review. 

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Get the cocktail message across

24-Jul-2017 - Having a great offer when it  comes to cocktails is a proven way of increasing trade, but making sure you convey what you have to customers is the crucial aspect...

£500 Fidel Castro rum to be distributed in the UK

19-Jul-2017 - A Cuban rum originally blended solely for the personal consumption of Fidel Castro is to go on sale in the UK.

One in five diners consider alcohol in deciding where to eat

18-Jul-2017 - Alcoholic drink options are becoming increasingly important in diners choice of restaurants, according to new research by William Grant & Sons. 

Big Interview: Be At One's Steve Locke and Andrew Stones

18-Jul-2017 - Be At One’s Steve Locke and Andrew Stones reveal how speedy yet great cocktails have been the basis for a business that is still keeping the party going.

Spirit sales drive on-trade growth

17-Jul-2017 - Spirit sales accounted for over half (55%) of all growth in on-trade alcoholic drinks sales in the last year, according to new research by William Grant & Sons.

UK must uphold EU excise law post-Brexit, duty specialist warns

17-Jul-2017 - The UK’s departure from the European Union (EU) could lead to the ‘rolling back’ of excise duty and create further burdens on drinks producers, an excise duty specialist has warned....

Nicholson’s relaunches annual GinFest

17-Jul-2017 - Customers will be introduced to a huge range of premium gins across Nicholson’s 78-strong estate from later this month (Monday 24 July) as it launches its second annual GinFest.

Consumers spending big on booze for home

16-Jul-2017 - Brits, on average, are spending almost £1,500 on alcohol a year for the home, with premium spirits among their top choices, a new report has claimed.

711 drinks-led pubs closed in the past 12 months

14-Jul-2017 - Mainstream drinks-led pubs, of which 711 have closed in the past 12 months, are driving down the overall healthy performance of the spirits category, new figures claim.

Chambord targets new audience with London pop-up pub

11-Jul-2017 - A new pop-up pub by premium French black raspberry liqueur Chambord is set to open its doors in the capital this week (Thursday 13 July).

Imbibe Live 2017: top trends from the show

04-Jul-2017 - Drinks trends that operators should look out for this year include the continued rise of gin, increased interest in foreign imports and rising interest in sparkling wines, five alcoholic drinks...

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Your guide to Imbibe Live 2017

27-Jun-2017 - Plan your visit to the UK’s leading on-trade show, with our round-up of what's on, who’s there and what's happening for 2017.

Tiny gin is the new big thing

20-Jun-2017 - With gin production and sales still booming, what way will the market will go? The words small, craft and local will certainly be part of the success story.

BrewDog makes amends with Wolf bar by collaborating on gin

20-Jun-2017 - BrewDog has made amends with the owners of an independent Birmingham bar after the Scottish brewer came under fire for forcing the venue to change its name by threatening it...

Southern Comfort unveils new branding

19-Jun-2017 - Sazerac liqueur brand Southern Comfort has undergone a rebrand and launched a new 50% ABV variant in the UK as the company seeks to improve its whiskey credentials.

Leeds bar to offer cocktail deliveries

12-Jun-2017 - A bar in Leeds has teamed up with Deliveroo to launch the city’s first cocktail delivery service.

World Gin Day: the gin boom continues to soar

09-Jun-2017 - Sales of gin in the UK have grown 12% in volume in the past 12 months and the category is now worth £655m, according to the Wine & Spirit Trade Association (WSTA).

10 real #GinProblems pubs can help customers avoid

09-Jun-2017 - Brits have taken to Twitter to vent their real-life and sometimes worrying gin problems, which range from no tonic to too much gin choice. Here are 10 #GinProblems pubs can...

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How to drive spirits sales

07-Jun-2017 - Cocktails in pubs are on the rise, but making money from mixed drinks is not as simple as just putting a menu together. Operators must not only consider what their...

How to design your bar

07-Jun-2017 - While your operation may be known for serving the best Mojito or the region’s greatest gin and tonic, there are many operational areas that could negatively impact your trade and...

Smirnoff stands against LGBTQ+ hate with #chooselove campaign

05-Jun-2017 - Hate against the LGBTQ+ community is something vodka brand Smirnoff wants to shine a spotlight on through its new campaign #chooselove.

Spirit duty revenues top beer for the first time

05-Jun-2017 - Spirit sales generated more money for the Treasury than beer for the first time, latest statistics from HMRC have revealed.

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