2018 February

Brewdog has launched a campaign to deliver one million pints of its flagship Punk IPA in a bid to convert more people to craft beer.

Bolney Wine Estate has announced it will use screw caps for all of its still wines. The move will see all of the new vintage releases this year – available from April – with the new closure instead of cork.

New Zealand’s Elephant Hill is to partner with an international charity committed to the conservation of the endangered Asian elephant.

Black Tower is set to become Tough Mudder UK’s Official Wine Partner for 2018, and it has launched a marketing campaign to amplify the sponsorship.

Spitfire Heritage Distillers has announced a partnership with the Royal Air Forces Association for the duration of the RAF’s centenary celebrations.

Hi-Spirits is launching a new blend of Southern Comfort into the UK, supported by a marketing campaign targeting younger drinkers and American whiskey fans.

Yealands Family Wines has launched a new competition for UK wine shoppers, offering the chance to win tickets to New Zealand.

Portuguese DO wine exports to the UK grew 37.1% in value last year, driven by volume increases of nearly 50% compared to the year before.

Hallgarten Druitt’s managing director is bullish about the firm’s chances of succeeding in a consolidating market after reporting 8.5% sales growth in 2017.

The Porterhouse Brewing Company has opened the doors to its new Dublin-based brewery, which it created in a bid to keep up with rising demand for its products in the UK and Europe.

Sorry to brag, sorry to lord it over you like this, but we were reading the Guardian the other day.

When you get overexposed to a smell, you no longer notice it. Anyone who’s taken wine exams is familiar with the creeping dread of repeatedly nosing an unidentified wine as the aromas only become more and more elusive. Similarly, it’s easy to become accustomed to the quirks of the wine trade as a whole. It is riddled with absurdity, yet that soon becomes normalised when you immerse yourself in the culture and language of wine. So much so that it takes an outsider to point out its bizarreness – that there’s a funny smell in the room, but you can’t detect it.

Wines of Germany is giving wine lovers and experts a chance to vote on ‘Germany’s Coolest Wines’.

A rose by any other name

21 February, 2018

When I was the manager of a wine store, I hosted a weekly tasting based on a theme. At the end, I would gather up the tasting sheets to see what people really said in their notes.

UK retailers with national distribution are urged to submit their favourite Bordeaux wines for inclusion in the CIVB’s Everyday Bordeaux Selection 2018.

Independent retailers can discover a wealth of intriguing wines and spirits produced by small, family-run operations at next week’s Specialist Importers Trade Tastings.

London Fields Brewery will be relaunched at this week’s Craft Beer Rising event in London.

Pinkster has launched a bag-in-box option for fans of its premium gin.

Ardnahoe is set to be the ninth distillery on the Isle of Islay when it opens in May this year.

The Ardbeg distillery is expanding to increase capacity to 2.4 million litres a year, in order to keep up with demand.

Brewdog plans to build “the world’s first craft beer hotel” and it has also revealed plans to expand its brewery.

Pernod Ricard has announced plans to launch a pink version of its Beefeater London Dry gin.

Two of the early members of the Vindependents group have pulled out, giving different reasons for moving away from this model of sourcing wines. 

Fuller’s, the London brewer, has bought Brighton-based brewery Dark Star.

Berry Bros & Rudd has relaunched its own-label London Dry Gin, a spirit it originally created in 1909.

Hawkes Cider is launching Graff, which it describes as the UK’s first ever co-fermented hybrid of beer and cider to be made by cidermakers.

Waitrose has confirmed it will be the first supermarket to introduce a gin made in Japan, which launches in the UK this week.

London Burgundy Week is set to return from 19 to 23 March.

Personal licence applicants can no longer apply to Disclosure Scotland for their ‘basic disclosure’ if their job role is in England and Wales.

Pernod Ricard is launching a multimillion-pound ad campaign to give leading Irish whiskey brand Jameson a push in the run up to St Patrick’s Day.