Spirited changes: the choice of spirits available today has come so far from years ago

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A brief history of spirits and the ways we drink them

By Helen Gilbert

It wasn’t such a long time ago in pubs when customers had a choice of one brand when it came to ordering their favourite spirit. How times have changed – now we’re spoilt for choice. Industry experts assess the major changes on the top shelf

New post: Nik Antona will take over from Jackie Parker as CAMRA chair

CAMRA chair steps down

By Nikkie Sutton

Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) chair Jackie Parker is stepping down from the post after a year in the role.

Slow down: the rate of pub closures have fallen from 18 to 14 a week (image credit: Phaustov/gettyimages.co.uk)

Pub closures slow to 14 a week

By Nikkie Sutton

There are now 14 pubs closing a week, according to the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) – a drop of four per week compared to last year.

Think pink: sales of flavoured and pink gin on the up

Pink gin’s on-trade value rockets

By Nicholas Robinson

Pink gin generated record sales across the UK last year, as punters fill their glasses to the brim with the fruity liquid.