Wimbledon Brewery has created a special lager for local football side AFC Wimbledon to mark the joint heritage of the two institutions.

Thornbridge Brewery has revealed plans for the next stage of development at its site in Bakewell.

Conviviality has more than doubled its full year profits to £22.5m. The owner of Bargain Booze and Wine Rack reported its pre-tax profits grew 147% on the previous year, and it almost doubled sales to £1.56bn.

Deliveroo has attracted more than 400 BWS partners in the past year and is targeting the convenience sector along with specialist indies as it seeks to increase its footprint.

Retailers sold alcohol to nearly one in six teenage mystery shoppers in 2016 without asking for proof of age, according to new data from Serve Legal. 

Birmingham independent Loki is to grow its flagship store and expand across the city with two new shops. 

The new chair of the All Party Parliamentary Beer Group used his acceptance speech to signal a desire to fight the temperance lobby and push for a fair deal on duty.

To the south of Mongolia lies the landlocked region of Ningxia, which has a similar altitude to the peak of Ben Nevis and enjoys 3,000 hours of sunshine per year.

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust is on a drive to increase the trade’s knowledge of the burgeoning spirits category by overhauling its courses and trying to boost student numbers. 

Aldi has launched a £3.99 sake from Nada-ku and says it costs 28 times less than a comparable sized bottle at renowned London restaurant Nobu.

Lambrini has unveiled a limited-edition bottle wrap “to capture the essence of summer 2017”.

The House of Piper-Heidsieck will release a cuvee exclusively for select high-end wine merchants and restaurants.

Pernod Ricard UK has appointed Philip Ainsworth as its new Marketing Director.

Broadland Wineries is launching a new range of wines from Australia's Langhorne Creek, aimed at the off-trade.

Suffolk-based microbrewery St Peter’s has unveiled Without Gold, a hoppy, golden ale that it claims is full of flavour and completely alcohol free.

The Wine & Spirits Association has been called upon to brief Defra ministers on what the drinks industry needs to maintain its number one global position and continue to grow.

Waitrose has brought out a new magazine for its customers called Waitrose Drinks.

The producer of Salcombe Gin is launching a unique delivery service this summer by making its gin available to the yachting community.

AB Inbev has revealed its first pan-European promotional campaign for Corona, which offers consumers the chance to win from a raft of prizes.

The two key UK organisations within the UK wine industry are to merge to become one single industry body.

Robinsons and Iron Maiden have teamed up again to add another brew to their collaborative beer portfolio.

The Co-op has joined forces with South African wine brand Kumala to create a new Fairtrade wine.

Jeroboams has added family-owned boutique winery Clos de Luz to its portfolio.

Sanghera Rum Company is gearing up to launch the UK’s first flavouted white rum using premium Punjabi sugarcane.

Carlsberg UK has acquired London Fields Brewery and it will operate the business in a joint venture with Brooklyn Brewery from Brooklyn, New York.

DrinksFest, the new consumer show geared towards Generation X and Millennial consumers, has landed Amazon as a sponsor for the inaugural event.

Hogs Back has launched a new design for its flagship Traditional English Ale (TEA) in a bid to pare down a cleaner and more modern look.

The Japanese-inspired Kuro Gin is being introduced to offer new flavours to gin fans.

Love Drinks is adding a non-alcoholic bottled gin and tonic in to its portfolio.

Woodwinters plans to open a new London office to create a wholesale operation across the UK.

Liberty Wines has added its first Sake variants to its portfolio.

Manchester-based wine merchant Hanging Ditch is marking its tenth anniversary by joining forces with the Wine Gang.

One of the UK’s oldest gin producing families has released an eponymous brand to celebrate 200 years of distilling.

The producers of Skinny Prosecco have linked up with delivery service Supper to offer a delivery service within the hour.

Westons Old Rosie is launching its summer campaign along with a refreshed new look to give it better on-shelf standout.

A new super-premium organic vodka from Finland has hit UK shores.

Cambridge Wine Merchants took the top spot in the UK’s 50 Best Indies Awards 2017, which was announced last night at the annual Think Indie, Drink Indie event in London.

Tesco has added a raft of new wines to its Finest range, taking the total number in this collection to 109.

Magners has launched a new sharing format and multi-pack cans in time for the summer season.

Sadler’s Brewing Company has signed a major deal with Halewood Wines and Spirits, which will see the drinks distributor take on the majority share of the Micro-brewery.

Kokoro Gin has agreed an exclusive UK distribution deal with specialist spirits agency Mangrove.

Tuaca has been given a design makeover which celebrates its authenticity and heritage. The new bottle design aims to broaden the Italian brand’s appeal as consumers continue to seek out spirits with provenance.

AlesbyMail has announced what it claims is a “game changer” for the UK’s home delivery market, as it scraps postage costs to UK mainland.

Diageo Reserve is set to extend its range of Bulleit premium American Whiskeys.

Yalumba is once again sponsoring the World of Music, Arts and Dance festival in Wiltshire this summer, offering festivalgoers a wide range of award-winning wines.

Retailers are invited to Wine Australia UK’s largest free-pour tasting of the year, which takes place at Australia House in London on June 28.

Tim Stanley-Clarke enjoying jolly japes with Allan Cheesman

Tributes are pouring in for pre-eminent port consultant Tim Stanley-Clarke after he sadly passed away.

Lone Wolf, the Brewdog-backed distillery, has released a gin to raise funds for the UK Wolf Conservation Trust.

The latest figures from the Association of Convenience Stores show an increase in investment over the last quarter, but the data also indicates concerns about the impact of rising employment costs.

Brewdog’s new sour beer facility is set to open its doors by the end of July.

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