What’s on this weekend

Jameson Seen & Heard Irish whiskey brand Jameson has teamed up with Sofar Sounds to launch the Seen & Heard series, which aims to support struggling musicians. The online series of free virtual gigs will run through the Sofar online Listening Room every night for two weeks. The series will see a different UK artist perform a 20-minute set at 7pm GMT. The line-up of artists includes Birmingham-based band IMO, who offer an upbeat funk…

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Rum brands to watch in 2021

The rum sector is predicted to return to growth in 2021, boosted by flavoured and spiced variants. We forecast the brands that will shine in the year ahead. Rum was positively flourishing coming into 2020, having seen sales surpass 150m nine‐litre cases for the first time in 2019. And while the challenges of 2020 have dampened the category’s sales this year, data analysis firm Euromonitor International predicts the rum sector will return to growth in…

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Bacardi forecasts 400% growth in low-ABV sector by 2024

Bermuda-based Bacardi expects the retail sales value of the no- and low-alcohol ‘spirits’ category in Western Europe to reach US$500 million over the next four years. Bacardi, owner of brands such as Dewar’s Scotch whisky and Grey Goose vodka, made the prediction based on data from IWSR Drinks Market Analysis. The sector’s retail sales value in Western Europe was US$100m in 2020. Bacardi said the mindful drinking movement continues to gain traction across the globe,…

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Spirits Brands Reflect On 2020 And Their Plans For 2021

When I headed up the beverage department for a restaurant group, December was always a wonderful time of year. Our restaurants were full of guests eating, drinking and celebrating, and I was always busy with research, planning and development for the coming year. As a part of this planning process, I would spend time during the month meeting or speaking with all of the suppliers we had worked with or were considering working with in…

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What’s on this weekend

Christmas at Brasserie of Light London bar and restaurant Brasserie of Light has reopened its doors with an ‘eccentric, Wes Anderson-themed Christmas’ installation. The London venue has been outfitted with a colour scheme influenced by Anderson’s film Grand Budapest Hotel and will serve a bespoke cocktail menu created in collaboration with Monkey 47 Gin. Drinks on offer throughout the festive period include the Bell Hop’s Espresso, made with Monkey 47 Gin, vanilla syrup, Briottet ginger liqueur,…

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