45,000 barrels destroyed in Jim Beam warehouse fire

A fire broke out at a Jim Beam warehouse in Kentucky on Tuesday (2 July), damaging 45,000 barrels of whiskey. The incident, which occurred overnight, took place at Jim Beam’s facility in Versailles, Kentucky. No injuries were reported in the incident. The fire, the cause of which is not yet known, destroyed all 45,000 barrels in the warehouse that contained “relatively young whiskey from the Jim Beam mash bill”, a Beam Suntory spokesperson confirmed. “Given…

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LVMH donates €200m to help repair Notre-Dame

French luxury goods company LVMH has pledged €200 million (US$226m) to help rebuild the Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris after a major fire tore through the famous monument yesterday evening (15 April). The fire at the medieval Catholic cathedral began at 6.30pm CEST, quickly reaching the roof of the cathedral and destroying the spire. Firefighters managed to save the 850-year-old building’s main structure, with the fire fully extinguished this morning (16 April). The cause of the…

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Punch Room creates elemental cocktail menu

The London Edition hotel’s Punch Room has created a new menu inspired by the five classical elements – earth, air, fire, water and ether. The new menu, The Five: Volume III, is the latest instalment in the venue’s The Five series and has been developed by bar manager Andy Shannon – formerly of London’s Callooh Callay. The menu is split into five sections, each inspired by one of the elements that philosopher Aristotle believed made…

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Masons Yorkshire Gin distillery catches fire

A fire broke out at the distillery operated by Masons Gin in Bedale, Yorkshire yesterday morning (2 April). According to Masons Yorkshire Gin, no-one was injured in the incident. Emergency services received a call at 8.03am yesterday over reports of a fire in an industrial site in the village of Aiskew. This was followed by a number of repeat calls from members of the public, according to the North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service. Four…

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Mount Gay Rum distillery catches fire

A fire broke out at Rémy Cointreau’s Mount Gay Rum distillery in Barbados yesterday (16 January) after flames engulfed a tank containing 150,000 gallons of alcohol. In a statement posted across its social media platforms yesterday, Mount Gay Rum wrote: “Earlier today a fire occurred at our distillery home in St Lucy, Barbados. “We’re happy to announce that there were no injuries and the fire was extinguished. All’s well and the rum’s swell.” The incident was reported…

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