Drinks

Bartending is a real skill: the rise in desire for cocktails is expected to continue for quite some time (Credit: Getty/gruizza)

Pubs advised keeping cocktails simple is key

By Rebecca Weller

The rise in consumers’ desire for cocktails “will go on for quite some time” but the industry needs to take the art of cocktail making “very seriously”, according to some of the top cocktail bars across the country.

In the week to Saturday 5 February drinks sales were 3% below the same period in 2020: however sales of spirits were up 16% (Credit: Getty/Maren Caruso)

Vote now: Have you seen an increase in spirits sales?

By Rebecca Weller

In the week to Saturday 5 February, average drinks sales in Britain’s managed pubs, bars and restaurants were 3% below the same period in 2020, however, sales of spirits have continued to soar, according to the latest CGA Drinks Recovery Tracker.

Pubs lost £5.7bn in beer sales during 2021: equivalent to 1.4bn pints (Credit: Getty/Extreme Media)

Beer sales plummeted by 1.4bn pints in 2021

By Rebecca Weller

Pubs lost £5.7bn of revenue from beer sales in 2021, equivalent to 1.4bn pints, new data from the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has revealed.

Designs on nights out: Beavertown’s Tottenham Taproom renovation will see new indoor, upstairs and outdoor drinking and live music areas

Beavertown to reopen taproom after revamp

By Gary Lloyd

North London-based brewer and pub operator Beavertown Brewery is set to reopen its Tottenham Taproom on Saturday (12 February) after a huge renovation that includes an upstairs area that overlooks the workspace.

The Morning Advertiser Lock In Podcast episode 36

The Lock In Podcast

The low and no revolution

By Ed Bedington

The Lock In team take a trip to an innovative alcohol-free off licence and realise the trade needs to stop saying no to low and no. We hear from special guests including Laura Willoughby of Club Soda, James Kindred of award winning brewers Big Drop Brewing...

SIBA Business Awards 2022: Entry deadline extended to 13 Feb

SIBA Business Awards 2022 entry deadline extended

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The entry deadline for the SIBA Business Awards 2022 has been extended to Sunday 13 February to ensure a wide variety of businesses from across the beer, brewing, hospitality and retail sectors are able to enter.

Barred breweries: New ways of taxing alcohol will exclude small breweries and cider producers (Getty/ Prostock-Studio)

Small brewers barred from Gov’s plan to help pubs

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The Chancellor’s plan to help pubs through a new way of taxing alcohol will exclude small brewers and cider producers, new research from the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has revealed.

Top 50 cocktail bars set to be announced

Top 50 Cocktail Bars set to be revealed

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

The best cocktail bars in the business are due to be revealed as The Morning Advertiser prepares for the announcement of the Top 50 Cocktail Bars list for 2022.

Charge your glasses: some tasty treats are set to be available for pubs and bars this week

New products round-up

3 in 1 font from Thatchers, Krombacher Pils cans hit on-trade

By Gary Lloyd

Claimed to be a first for the cider industry, Thatchers has launched its 3 in 1 font for serving fruit ciders. Also in the world of new products, Krombacher has rolled out its Pils cans to the on-trade, Black Sheep releases details on its seasonal cask...

#IAMWHOLE: BrewDog launch alcohol-free beer alongside charity campaign to raise awareness of ‘Seasonal Affective Disorder' (SAD)

BrewDog launches charity beer SAD AF

By Rebecca Weller

BrewDog has partnered with #IAMWHOLE to launch an alcohol-free charity beer, SAD AF, as part of a mental health campaign to encourage men to talk to friends and family about depression and has pledged to donate 100% of the profits into mental health research....

How can pubs improve quality on cask beer?

Sharp's looks to tackle quality challenges on cask

By Ed Bedington

It has been 10 years since the deal that saw Molson Coors snap up cask disruptor Sharp’s, and the combined business continues to go from strength to strength with the launch of new initiatives to drive the brand and the category forward.

New launches: a number of drinks products have recently been unveiled

The first drinks launches of 2022

By The Morning Advertiser

The first few days of 2022 have seen a variety of new drinks launched including beer, wine and spirits.

See in the new year: beers, spirits and an apertivo are the final new product launches of the year

The last new product launches of 2021

By Gary Lloyd

The final new products round-up of the year includes a new brewery named after Roger Daltrey’s fishing lakes releases six beers, rums from the amazing terroir of Grenada brought to the UK, whisky start-up Woven launches limited-edition collaboration spirit...

Christmas cheer: new beverages on the market

New products round-up

Festive drinks released in time for Christmas

By Gary Lloyd

Burleighs has employed a rare production process to make its limited-edition Christmas Gin, Tuscan Tree targets a sequel Aperitivo, Vida Wines & Spirits shows off a few of its wines, Netherlands-based Ful launches its Spirulina Fizz trio and Liquid...

Big ambitions: Anspach & Hobday says its stout is set to rival Guinness

Anspach & Hobday smashes crowdfunding target

By Gary Lloyd

South London-based brewer and operator Anspach & Hobday has almost doubled its crowdfunding target as it looks to expand its production facilities in a bid to take on Guinness with its London Black stout.

Previous history: Carlsberg bought London Fields Brewery in 2017

CMBC closes London Fields Brewery with view to sell

By Nikkie Thatcher

Carlsberg Marston’s Brewing Company (CMBC) has closed London Fields Brewery (LFB), shutting the taproom and stopping brewing immediately, and is looking to sell the site and brand.

25 Years of Responsible Alcohol Regulation: A new spotlight report by the Portman Group (Credit: Getty/ NataliaAlkema)

Portman Group launches new guidance for Hard Seltzer and CBD drinks

By Rebecca Weller

Following a 10% increase in requests for advice regarding hard-seltzers and alcoholic drinks containing CBD, the Portman Group has released new guidance in those categories through a new spotlight report, 25 Years of Responsible Alcohol Regulation.

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