2018 July

Eric Idle once declared that American beer was like making love in a canoe – “fucking close to water”.

Jubel, a UK-brewed, premium craft beer inspired by an Alpine beer tradition, is gearing up for listings with premium retailers and London bars.

Eisberg has signed up to London’s Mindful Drinking Festival where it will present a raft of summer-themed wine-based cocktails.

Badet Clement has announced a 25% increase in turnover for its UK sales, while it’s global turnover also grew last year.  

Magners has signed a three-year deal to become the headline sponsor of the Cheltenham Festival and it will lend its name to the meeting’s biggest race.

Axholme Brewing Co has revealed a new identity to coincide with the launch of new craft beers and a brewery revamp.

Mor Gin has landed in the UK market following a successful launch in its home market.

Heineken 0.0 has launched what it claims is the biggest ever campaign for an alcohol-free beer in the UK.

The issue of legalising cannabis has been in the news in recent weeks.

Thanks to price rises and the move towards drinking products with a more expensive price tag, off-trade alcohol sales are steadily increasing year on year, but volumes remain relatively static.  


16 July, 2018

Holborn’s has been trading in the town of Redhill since 1974 and has undergone several refurbishments over the years. In 2005 owner Dean Holborn took on a second store in South Nutfield. He is now in the process of revamping sections of each store alternately. 


16 July, 2018

Friarwood has been trading from its Parsons Green shop since 1967. It started out as 100% wholesale and until 2000 specialised in Bordeaux wines. Ben Carfagnini, the company’s owner since 2015, wanted to place a greater focus on the retail side, and as part of this the team opened a second store in Wimbledon Village last October. Head buyer Auriane d’Aramon tells DRN more about the company’s change of direction. 

The team of wine advisors at fine wine investment company, Cult Wines, tells DRN what to look out for when it comes to seeking out wines that can increase in value:

A collection of spirits from Vancouver’s first micro-distillery has been launched into the UK market, and the company has already secured several distribution agreements.

The rise of the “new breed of digitally-sophisticated, socially conscious and sustainability-expectant people” is driving a number of important lifestyle and consumer trends of the future, as identified by William Grant & Sons in its latest report.

Tweney's Budgens

16 July, 2018

Jerry Tweney spent 10 years working for Guy Warner at the award-winning Warner’s Budgens stores in the Cotswolds. A year ago he decided to go it alone and he took on his own Budgens, Prestbury Village Stores, which has been a runaway success since it opened

With the market for wine becoming increasingly competitive, why are many millennials turning away from Old World wines and choosing to buy New World instead?

Mill Hill Wines

16 July, 2018

Mill Hill Wines was established 35 years ago and is now the longest serving shop on The Broadway in Mill Hill, north London. The store was owned and set up by Laurence Hanison until his retirement. Former employee Andy Smith took over the reins in January 2017. The business offers a selection of more than 1,500 wines, spirits, craft beers and cigars. 

Amathus Drinks has announced a new UK partnership with Greek craft beer brand Septem.

Over the past 12 months, the McGuigan wine brand has slipped quietly into the number three position in Nielsen’s stats for the UK off-trade, gliding past Blossom Hill. Echo Falls is within its sights, though overhauling market leader Hardys could still be some way off. Unusually for the chief executive of a public-listed company, in this case McGuigan brand owner Australian Vintage, coveting the top slot isn’t the number one priority, says Neil McGuigan. 

As a Northern Irish student escaping the febrile atmosphere that characterised undergraduate Oxford, I was lucky to have a fellow student whose father had a house in London.

Drink is a compelling topic – for its friends, for its enemies and for all those in-between. And in August a new name will join those flapping around the flame. But Richard Piper isn’t saying what it is yet.

Cains beer is to be made at its historic Grade II-listed brewery in Liverpool for the first time in five years, as part of a £7 million redevelopment of the site.

Drink is a compelling topic – for its friends, for its enemies and for all those in-between. And in August a new name will join those flapping around the flame. But Richard Piper isn’t saying what it is yet.

Golden ages are periods of sustained excellence within a sector. For example, in Hollywood, the first one ran from the end of the silent era to the beginning of the TV takeover, producing benchmark films of every genre. 

Vodka changes tack

16 July, 2018

One of the huge surprises during the World Cup, beyond the fact that England weren’t completely cack, was the revelation that fans could perch on plastic patio furniture rather than punt it at the oppo.

Five new independent beer shops have opened across the country this summer as the thriving sector continues to gather pace.

‪Waitrose is helping shoppers stay cool and classy during the heatwave with a new range of Provence rosé ice lollies.

Invivo is on course to raise £3.5 million in an IPO that will allow it to significantly increase its investment in the fast-growing Graham Norton wine brand. The celebrity presenter is the chief winemaker for the range, which has grown UK sales by 230% in the past year (Nielsen, 12 months to March 2018).

Craft and specialist beer distributor James Clay is to distribute the UK’s first-ever Trappist beer.