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20 June, 2018

Daniel Warren is Diageo’s GB World Class bartender 2018

Daniel Warren from the Last Chance bar in Nottingham was last night (June 19) crowned Diageo Reserve’s World Class Bartender of the Year 2018 GB.

The inauguration of the British Squadron of the Company of Armagnac Musketeers took place last week in the City of London

Dutch bartender Eric van Beek of bar TwentySeven in Amsterdam believes winning the Bacardí Legacy Cocktail Competition last month will be “life changing”.

Loch Lomond Whiskies has released three limited edition single malts to mark the beginning of it five-year partnership with The Open golf championship.

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National Martini Day on June 19 poses a ‘lucrative’ opportunity for brands to capatalise on in the on-trade according to a Tia Maria representative.

British pub company JD Wetherspoon is to offer more drinks from UK and non-EU producers and brewers across its 880 pubs from July 9 ahead of Brexit.

Glencairn, the Glasgow-based crystal company which sponsors the International Spirits Challenge and Drinks Inrternational’s Travel Retail Awards, claims to have broken new ground with unprecedented growth globally year-on-year.

Champagne Palmer has announced that it has formed a strategic partnership in the US with TRU Estates and Vineyards, the fine wine division of Constellation Brands.

On May 27, Cognac was hit with a hailstorm that affected a significant proportion of the vineyards within the appellation.

Vodka has its own museum, opening tomorrow (June 12) in Warsaw, Poland. The Polish Vodka Museum claims to be the world’s first and only place dedicated to “honouring and celebrating the rich and centuries long tradition of crafting Polish vodka”.

David Gosnell, the executive chairman of Bushmills Irish Whiskey, has been awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire), in the Queen’s Birthday 2018 Honours List. 

William Grant & Sons has announced a deal with Modi Distilleries to bottle and launch Grant’s blended Scotch whisky in India.

Bartending icon and bar owner John Lermayer, was found dead in his apartment on Miami Beach on the evening of June 6, aged 45.

World Gin Day is no longer just a consumer-focused activation, but a serious opportunity for brands to grow sales according to a Roku Gin representative.

The International Wine Challenge (IWC) is to be launched in China, owners William Reed has announced.

The Wine & Spirit Education Trust’s chief executive, Ian Harris, received the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace this week.

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