2015 April

Surrey brewer Hogs Back has launched a 5.4% abv IPA called Hopping Hog.

Scottish brewer Innis & Gunn aims to raise £3 million to build a brewery line by launching a “mini-bond” investment scheme.

Waitrose has reported a 177% annual increase in English wine sales and now claims to account for three bottles in every five sold in the UK.

Kingsland has snapped up wine and spirits supplier Bottle Green as it continues on its journey to becoming a one-stop shop for the retail trade.

The Responsibility Deal is teetering on a knife-edge and the drinks industry faces a series of tough battles after the general election, according to the Wine and Spirit Trade Association.

Scottish brewer Innis & Gunn aims to get drinkers’ rocks off with a bottle-conditioned beer called Hot Rocks that takes inspiration from ale brewed in the Stone Age.

Brookfield Drinks has won a listing at Asda stores across Scotland for its 4% abv Kestrel pilsner after the retailer reported strong sales of its 5% abv lager.

Dynastic whisky-producing family the Grant-Gordons head the wealth league in Scotland with a £2.15 billion fortune, according to the new Sunday Times Rich List.

Members of the Campaign for Real Ale have decided to stop criticising drinkers for choosing different types of beer and have instead pledged to get behind the entire category.

There is still time to buy tickets for the rooftop garden party hosted by drinks trade charity The Benevolent after the London Wine Fair on May 20. 

Stella Artois has signed a deal to become the official beer and cider at Ascot racecourse for the next three years.

Nineteen premium Italian producers will pour their finest wines for the trade at the Boot Up Your Portfolio tasting at London’s Chandos House on May 5.

English wine producer Chapel Down reported a 21% sales increase to £6.1 million in 2014 and it also brought in a record harvest to ensure the upward curve will continue.

Sainsbury’s BWS head Andy Phelps is understood to be leaving the retailer after 11 years.

Thatchers has introduced its Old Rascal cider in 44cl cans for the first time in a bid to capitalise on the UK’s growing love of cans.

Fonseca is celebrating its bicentenary with the release today of a Guimarens Vintage Port from the 2013 harvest.

Manchester craft brewer Seven Bro7hers is planning to expand its production capacity after winning a listing at Tesco.

Brewdog is aiming to raise £25 million to extend its brewery in the latest round of its “equity for punks” crowdfunding initiative.

Bottling firm Lanchester Group is opening its first off-licence in a former Morgan sports car dealership in County Durham.

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust has won The Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade 2015 in honour of its success in reaching international markets.

Plumpton College has launched the UK’s first honours degree in wine business for students interested in a career in the wine trade.

England’s record-breaking bowler James Anderson has launched his own beer in partnership with Marson’s and won a listing at Morrisons.

Heineken has launched a new Pomegranate & Strawberry variant for its New Zealand fruit cider brand Old Mout.

Hi-Spirits has added Langley’s No.8 gin to its portfolio.

A hundred new breweries joined the Society of Independent Brewers in 2014, taking membership numbers past the 800 mark.

Pimm’s No. 6 vodka cup will be back on shelves next month after a successful consumer campaign to reinstate the popular variant.

UK drinkers are swapping bottled beer and cider for cans after embracing the aluminium revolution driven by suppliers.

The Good Spirits Company makes a real specialism of spirits in its central Glasgow shop and its extensive and in-depth online range.

Is your decanter half full or half empty? Some people look at the UK  wine trade and see declining sales, punitive tax and low average prices. I prefer to see recovering sales, decelerating duty and everyday affordability.

A Prosecco has overtaken Freixenet, Martini and Codorníu to become the biggest non-Champagne sparkling wine in the UK off- trade, market analyst company IRI has reported.