Cocktail trends to watch in 2021

The past 12 months nearly brought the bar community to breaking point, but that hasn’t stopped the brightest minds in the business from innovating. SB considers the changes afoot in the on-trade in 2021. At the end of every year, we forecast the trends that we think will be big in the on-trade over the next 12 months. Little did we know that 2020 would be dominated by a global pandemic. For 2020, we predicted…

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Experience Glasgow offers training for out of work bartenders

Scottish drinks industry group Experience Glasgow has launched a talent programme that offers training to on-trade professionals made redundant as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The Glasgow Talent Programme will launch next month and will provide complimentary mentoring and guidance to members of Glasgow’s tourism and hospitality community who are looking for new roles within the industry after being made redundant. The programme, which was developed by Experience Glasgow with support from Scottish Enterprise,…

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Eight online courses to educate spirits fans

Spirits enthusiasts can sign up to a wide number of programmes to deepen their knowledge of distilling or develop their tasting skills. Here, we present eight top courses that can be completed at home. Right now the internet is awash with suggestions on how to make the most of lockdown, from learning a language to writing a novel. But we think there’s no better time to delve deeper into the world of spirits, brush up…

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Portobello Road launches whisky blending masterclass

The team behind Portobello Road Gin’s Ginstitute experience have launched a three-hour whisky tasting and blending experience at the brand’s London home. The Whisky Thing, developed by the team behind Portobello Road Gin and The Agave Sessions, aims to offer a “fresh new take” on the category and introduce it to new drinkers. During the three-hour experience, guests will undertake a comprehensive tasting of international whiskies to help them better understand different characteristics, aromas and…

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‘Master of Scotch’ and ‘Master of Whiskey’ courses launch

A course provider in California has launched a dedicated programme for whisk(e)y professionals, which culminates in the ‘Master of Scotch’ and ‘Master of Whiskey’ qualifications. The Los Angeles-based Council of Whiskey Masters has launched what it claims is the first set of “specialised and rigorous” qualifications dedicated to Scotch and Bourbon. The first levels of the programme are the Certified Scotch Professional (CSP) and Certified Bourbon Professional (CBP) courses, places for which are now open.…

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