Irish drinks sector urges support package for bars

The Drinks Industry Group of Ireland is calling for the government to introduce an immediate hospitality support package and a reduction in excise tax to support the recovery of the country’s pubs and bars. The Drinks Industry Group of Ireland (DIGI) is an umbrella organisation representing a number of hospitality and drinks trade groups in the country. Ireland’s pubs and bars were told to close in March to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Since…

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The week in pictures

London’s Hayman Distillery welcomed HRH Duke of Kent to officially open the family-owned distillery. The London distillery, which is located just four miles from where the family started distilling more than 150 years ago, was opened by the duke, who was joined by 4th and 5th generation members of the Hayman family; Christopher, James & Miranda. The family led a guided tour of the site, which featured a visit to the laboratory, the still room…

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Rokit Drinks: F1 sponsorship has ‘opened doors’

Bogart’s Gin producer Rokit Drinks said sponsoring the Williams Formula One team has “opened doors” for the firm, and allowed it to create and acquire new companies. Founded by Jonathan Kendrick and Patrón Tequila co-founder John Paul DeJoria, Rokit comprises Rokit Drinks and technology firm Rokit Phones. Rokit Drinks produces Bandero Tequila and the Bogart’s Spirits range, which includes an Irish whiskey, rum, gin and vodka. The company was the title sponsor for the Williams…

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Heads + Tails marks first anniversary with new menu

London cocktail bar Heads + Tails is celebrating its first anniversary with the launch of a new cocktail menu. The West Hampstead venue is divided into two spaces, split over different levels: Heads, a bright bar serving light cocktails, and Tails, a dark basement bar specialising in whiskies and rums. For its latest menu, the venue has drawn inspiration from autumnal and wintry flavours, such as apple, spices and chestnuts. Drinks on the bar’s new…

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