World's 50 Best Bars Brands Report: Beer

07 February, 2014

For the latest instalment of the Brands Report, we quizzed the class of 2013 on the beer brands moving through their bars.

We polled 100 of the top 250 bars that recieved votes in our World’s 50 Best Bars 2013 survey.

We asked which are the best sellers and which brands are catching the imaginations of consumers for the trending list.

Don't forget to check out the results for ginvodka, rumTequilaliqueurs/bittersScotchWorld WhiskiesBrandyaperitifs and digestifs, Champagne.


The list this year - there are no brandies in sight when it comes to best-sellers. The mighty Hennessy remains at the top and it has been building its cocktail credentials with cocktail competitions. 

Pierre Ferrand has long been a friend of the bartender and its Pierre Ferrand 1840 Original Formula Cognac won Best New Product at 2012 Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards. Pierre Ferrand 1840 was launched in 2011 at the same cocktail festival and it was created by Cognac Ferrand owner Alexandre Gabriel with help from cocktail historian David Wondrich.

The aim was to recapture the spirit of the cocktail days of the 1800s. The pair collaborated again to launch Pierre Ferrand Dry Curaçao Ancienne Méthode and there’s no question that Pierre Ferrand has its finger on the pulse when it comes to what bartenders want. 

But it’s obviously not all about cocktails - more traditional brands like Delamain, Meukow and Camus, which make little or no reference to cocktails on their websites - are still on the list. So there is still room to sip and savour as well as shake and stir…


Remy Martin has knocked Hennessy off the top spot to become the on-trend brand for this year. According to a report in the Financial Post, 50% of the company’s business is in Asia, 30% in the US and only 20% in Europe. Like many brands, financial woes in our home continent lead to investment abroad and it is paying off. Also, the company’s Louis XIII continues to be seeded in strategic accounts.

Courvoisier has been upping its cocktail game for a few years now and it has moved two places up the list. Most recently in the UK, the brand has launched a campaign aimed at broadening the brand’s appeal across a range of drinking occasions - arguably a very important message for the future of cognac in mature markets. Courvoisier continues to prove itself innovative. 

Unlike the best-seller list, there is a brandy on the trending list. Osborne is a Spanish brandy and the Solera Reserva spends an average of 3 years 

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Nick Strangeway

Bar food's blurred lines

Once upon a time pubs and bars were somewhere you went with the sole purpose of getting pissed and there wasn’t a knife and fork in sight, just a packet of dry roasted nuts.