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Gin has overtaken whisky as the largest category by volume at online retailer Master of Malt after enjoying huge sales growth over the past year. “It continues to grow and it occupies a large part of my day,” says head buyer Guy Hodcroft. “We’ve been watching it over the past few years catching up, and now it has overtaken, which is really exciting.

The Benevolent Ball, held for the first time at London’s Natural History Museum, raised £50,000 for the charity last night.

Isle of Wight distillery has invested in a six-figure redesign for its Mermaid gin and is gearing up to launch the first malt whisky from the island.

Aldi has turned to Devon to source its first English still wine and its Exquisite Collection Lyme Block will be released in time for summer.

Staff at embattled retailer Oddbins have been tweeting excitedly after receiving deliveries of wine over the past week.

Online drinks delivery retailer Drinkly is set to expand into eight new cities in 2019.

Retailers and brewers fear that new Portman Group guidance around single-serve cans could damage the momentum of craft beer.

Fuller’s head brewer Georgina Young is moving to the West Country to take over Bath Ales’ brewing operations at St Austell.

A new distillery has opened in Bristol which claims to specialise in “new world” spirits.

Bacardi has launched a spiced variant to tap into the global demand for flavoured rum.

Wines of Germany is extending its 31 Days of German Riesling focus tastings outside of London for the first time.

Aber Falls is distilling its first rye whisky, marking the first time that the spirit has been commercially produced in Wales.

Bohem Brewery has launched its first collaboration beer, brewed in partnership with Cornwall-based St Austell Brewery.

Chris Foss, founder and manager of Plumpton Wine Division, is to retire at the end of this academic year after 31 years of service with the college.

As Britain prepares to leave the EU, independent drinks retailer Thirsty Cambridge and Bristol-based brewer Moor Beer have teamed up to bring producers from across Europe together for a craft beer collaboration project.

Hammonds of Knutsford is working with The Cartmel Spirit Company to launch Belgrove Rum in the UK.

Five vineyards in the Surrey Hills area are linking together to form a new English wine region.

Robert Oatley Vineyards has appointed a UK-based business development manager to help grow the brand in the UK market.

Robinsons Brewery’s first lager to join its infamous Iron Maiden Trooper range has been made using authentic Japanese saké yeast.

Irish craft gin brand Mór is offering consumers the chance to win “An Irish Gin Adventure” as part of its St Patrick’s Day celebrations.

Unity Brewing Co has launched a crowdfunding campaign as demand for its beers outstrips supply.

Ross O’Hara’s meteoric rise to prominence in the beer industry continues apace as he has been named head brewer at Greene King.

Humble Grape has hit its crowdfunding target, enabling it to accelerate growth by opening one to two new sites each year.

Yalumba launches new range to celebrate Barossa varieties and blends

The Co-op is continuing its focus on different wine formats with the addition of a new 50cl bottle of Rioja Reserva.

Genesis Wines has boosted its South American collection with the addition of Tinto Negro from Mendoza.
The London-based Genesis will be the exclusive UK agent for the producer.

Crate Brewery has launched a £500,000 crowdfunding campaign to finance a major refurbishment of its Hackney Wick home.

London fine wine and spirits merchant Berry Bros. & Rudd has taken on a mezcal for the first time in its 320-year-old history.

Majestic Wine has announced a 49% rise in sales at its French outlets as UK consumers turn to “Booze Cruises” to stockpile wine before Brexit deadline day.

Larkin Wines, a boutique Napa winery which specialises in premium wines priced around £70 per bottle, is set to launch a range of canned wines in the UK.