Registration is now open for the 2018 Rioja Wine Educators Programme.

The former MD of Caledonian Brewery has opened a new brewery, distillery and retail space in Liverpool.

Adrian Tierney-Jones has been named Beer Writer of the Year 2017 at the British Guild of Beer Writers’ annual awards ceremony.

Kongsgaard Raw Gin has been launched into the UK off-trade, with initial listings in Harvey Nichols, The Whisky Exchange and Amazon.

Thatchers is introducing Dabinett and Redwood variants to its Cider Barn range.

Jack Daniel’s has launched a new expression as part of its Single Barrel Collection.

The winegrowers of the AOC Saint Mont and Plaimont Producteurs are heading to London in February to present long lost ancient grape varieties at an exclusive trade tasting event.

The Benevolent has raised more than £25,500 at its ‘Thanks for Giving’ online silent auction.

Chapel Down has launched its first gin and vodka, produced using grapes from its 2016 harvest.

Sheppy’s has added cans to its portfolio along with a new look designed to cement its premium position.

Salcombe Distilling Co has linked up with Spain’s oldest known sherry house to create its latest limited-edition gift set.

Online bottle shop and craft drinks specialists Flavourly has struck a deal with Chinese craft brewer Panda Brew.

Speyside Distillery has launched a new gin inspired by poet Lord Byron’s words.

Colombian rum producer Dictador has announced a collaboration with a select group of premium drinks producers to create “a new take on a sharing experience”.

The trend for multinational brewers investing in their small, craft counterparts continues apace as Heineken has taken a minority stake in Brixton Brewery.

Denbies Wine Estate is tapping into the trend for zero-dosage sparkling wines with its latest newcomer.

ABInbev has created limited-edition packaging for Stella Artois to coincide with the festive period.

The Co-op is reported to have signed a five-year deal to supply Costcutter stores, following the collapse of Palmer & Harvey (P&H) yesterday.

Vinisud and Vinovision Paris have joined forces to create a joint wine show in Paris in 2019.

Innis & Gunn has released the first of its new Vanishing Point beers; a series of barrel-aged brews which aim to reflect the apex at which the skills and passion of its brewers converge with its ambitions to create exceptional beers.

Palmer & Harvey is on the brink of falling into administration, leaving thousands of jobs in jeopardy as Christmas approaches.

Retailers are expected to continue cutting their ranges in 2018 in a bid to save money and make life easier for their customers, according to market research firm IRI.

Hawskhead Brewery has announced it will build a new brewery, which will form part of a £3 million two-site brewery expansion scheme.

Ex Sipsmith duo James Grundy and Felix James have announced the opening of what they have described as “the world’s first ‘small beer’ brewery”, which will be dedicated to the lower alcohol beer sector.

St Austell Brewery has opened a new 40,000sq ft Bristol-based storage and distribution depot, creating at least seven new jobs in the area.

Sadler’s Brewing Co is extending its Peaky Blinder portfolio by adding a spirits range, in time for the start of the fourth series of the cult BBC TV show.

Johnnie Walker Blue Label has released a limited edition exclusive gift set in time for the festive season.

Rum expert Peter Holland has been appointed co-chair of Think Rum 2018.

BrewDog has launched its latest protest beer, which it hopes will “shake the world by its shoulders” and remind leaders to prioritise Climate Change issues.

Waitrose has introduced a new gin to its Heston from Waitrose range in time for Christmas.

Family-run supermarket chain Booths has reportedly been put up for sale.

Villa Maria is introducing an on-pack promotion offering shoppers a chance to win one of two trips to New Zealand.

Blackwoods is launching a new 2017 vintage across its spirit range, featuring new formulations for its premium gins and vodka.

Three Choirs Vineyards is releasing a limited edition 2017 vintage ‘first release’ still white wine on 1 December.

Jack Daniel’s has launched a rye into the UK market in a bid to capitalise on Brits’ growing love of imported whiskies.

A hoppy IPA has joined the Hobgoblin portfolio.

Lambrini has revealed a series of ‘winter wraps’ for its bottles in the run up to the festive season.

Borough Wines & Beers has unveiled plans to champion “mindful drinking” after giving listings to two ranges botanical sodas and developing a 0% abv gin.

A leading Spanish wine producer has said price rises are inevitable for the latest vintage, following a year that saw drought, frost and heatwaves.

VK has launched a Christmas jumper giveaway campaign across social media, to tap into its core student audience.

Diageo has released a new film from Haig Club, as part of the brand’s commitment to responsible drinking.

Yesterday’s Budget gave cause for celebration among 99.73% of the UK drinks industry as Chancellor Philip Hammond froze duty on beer, wine and spirits.

Majestic Wine has grown first-half adjusted profit before tax to £6.8 million on the back of strong sales in its Naked Wines division.

Philip Hammond has announced a freeze on alcohol duty, rather than the previous strategy of increasing duty in line with inflation.

New Zealand Winegrowers has announced its annual UK trade tasting event is to move to a new venue for 2018, with added features for its visitors.

SlimLine Wines, described by the company as “the world’s first zero sugar, zero carb” portfolio of wines, has secured a JV partnership with an investment company co-founded by ‘Dragon’ James Caan.

Speyside Distillery has agreed a UK supply chain deal with Cellar Trends.

The team behind Pinkster Gin is using its gin expertise to extend into fruit gin liqueurs.

The Co-op has launched its Everyday Convenience Plus programme as part of a three-store trial, which will take place over the next 12 weeks.

Lamb & Watt has launched a new Naturally Light version of its premium tonic to appeal to calorie conscious drinkers in the on and off trade.

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