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23 July, 2017

Beer52: The world's largest beer club

Scottish craft beer club, Beer52 has doubled subscriptions every year since it was founded in Edinburgh four years ago.

Rebecca Creek Distillery, one of the largest ‘craft’ distilleries in the US, has received a $15m investment by Dr. Henning Kreke, board chairman of Düsseldorf–based beauty retailer Douglas.

The Wine and Spirit Trade Association has announced Lord Price, minister of state for international trade and Wetherspoon boss, Tim Martin as keynote speakers at this year’s WSTA Annual Conference this September.

The Bolney Wine Estate has won ‘Winery of the Year’ at the inaugural UK Wine Awards, led by Wine Producers’ Julia Trustram Eve and members of the EWP and UK Vineyards Association.

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Cognac producer Camus has unveiled a project to make an Irish whiskey, using old cognac barrels with ex-bourbon casks blended and aged on an Irish island.

Scottish brewer BrewDog has lost a legal battle against the Elvis Presley estate over the branding of its ‘Elvis Juice’ beer.

Japanese beer has topped import sales in South Korea for 2016 according to data published by The Korea Herald.

Premium spirits are continuing to boost the UK on-trade market despite Smirnoff Red Label topping the value charts, according to the William Grant & Sons market report for 2017.

Beam Suntory has deniedreports that US rapper 50 Cent has sold his shares in Effen Vodka for $60m.

The value of premium spirits has grown nearly 10% in the UK according to the William Grant & Sons market report for 2017.

Quintessential Brands has announced a €18.3m investment by Stock Spirits in its Dublin Liberties Distillery Company.

The International Spirits Challenge’s Supreme Champion Spirit for 2017 is Suntory’s Hibiki 21 Year Old.

Pernod Ricard has announced the signing of an agreement with the Glenallachie Consortium, comprising Billy Walker, Graham Stevenson and Trisha Savage, for the sale of the Scottish distillery Glenallachie.

LVMH Moët Hennessy has announced that it has bought the Woodinville Whiskey Company in Washington State. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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Dominic Roskrow

How gin made the headlines

When I first arrived here I was the whisky man who was making gin as a sideline,” says Daniel Szor, founder and owner of the Cotswolds Distillery, which lies close to Banbury in the no-man’s land between the west, the south and the middle of England.

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