Crossip breaks into new markets

Non-alcoholic spirits brand, Crossip, has expanded into new markets across Europe, GCC and North America, alongside key local distribution partners.

St-Rémy introduces new lightweight bottles

St-Rémy French brandy is reducing the weight of its bottles as one of many measures to establish a new gold standard in sustainability.

Compass Box announces new release

Scotch whisky makers, Compass Box, have introduced a new, limited-edition expression named Delos, a Scotch inspired by flavours of the past.

The Lakes Distillery appoints new whisky maker

The Lakes Distillery has appointed Sarah Burgess as its new whisky maker, taking over the role from Dhavall Gandhi.

Tito’s Handmade Vodka expands global presence with new distributors

Tito’s Handmade Vodka has strengthened its presence in Eastern Europe and Central Asia with the appointment of new distributors in Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Kyrgyzstan.

Oslo cocktail bar Himkok launches new menu

Oslo-based cocktail bar Himkok has announced a new menu that uses Scandinavian produce to evoke memories of Norway’s traditional sweet treats.

BrewDog Distilling Co's first whisky cask sale breaks records on Whisky Hammer

On Sunday, BrewDog Distilling Co’s first ever cask sale closed after four days, hosted by Whisky Hammer, which comes as the best performing whisky cask auction to date for a new distillery start-up.

The Macallan unveils new guest expression

The Macallan has introduced a new single malt whisky into The Red Collection, The Macallan 77 Years Old.

Sazerac to invest US$600 million in Kentucky barrel warehouses

Louisville-based Sazerac will invest US$600 million in new barrel warehouses in London, Laurel County, Kentucky.

Callooh Callay Chelsea launches new cocktail menu

Callooh Callay Chelsea has launched its new cocktail menu, ‘To Whom it May Concern’.

Aquavit: The new Mezcal?

Aquavit is being touted as a spirit that has all the ingredients for an explosion in popularity. Oli Dodd reports on the Nordic hero.

Negroni Sbagliato: Vermouth's happy mistake

The Negroni Sbagliato has become the darling of millennials thanks to a TikTok clip. Shay Waterworth says it’s opening new doors for vermouth producers.

Scapegrace Distillery releases first single malt

New Zealand spirits brand Scapegrace has announced the launch of a limited-edition range of single malts, the first whisky released by the brand.

Brewdog Distilling Co launches vodka made from waste beer

Brewdog Distilling Co has announced the launch of a new portfolio of vodkas produced using beer that doesn’t meet the brewery’s standards for release.

Penfolds launches new editions to Cellar Reserve portfolio

Penfolds is launching a new accessible AUD$50 range within the travel retail exclusive Cellar Reserve portfolio, aimed at recruiting wine drinkers into the premium wine category. 

Le Syndicat launches new menu

Parisian bar, Le Syndicat, has launched its new menu "Sous La Même Étoile" meaning “Under The Same Star”, designed to explore the point at which gastronomy and mixology meet, and highlight French artisanal excellence. 

Purcari Winery acquires stake in Bulgaria's Angel's Estate Winery

Purcari Wineries PLC has announced the signing of the Share Purchase Agreement for a 76% stake in Bulgarian joint stock company Angel’s Estate Winery.

Paradiso named World’s Best Bar 2022

Paradiso from Barcelona was named the World’s Best Bar at the annual World’s 50 Best Bars ceremony in Barcelona, the first time the accolade has been awarded to a bar outside of London and New York.

Diageo launches “Elusive Expressions” 2022 special releases whisky collection

Diageo has unveiled its Elusive Expressions special releases scotch whisky collection, hand-selected by master blender Dr Craig Wilson.

Cazcabel Tequila unveils plans for new $37million distillery

Premium tequila brand Cazcabel has announced that its $37million distillery is set to open in Atotonilco El Alto in the Jalisco highlands of Mexico in 2023.

International Beverage appoints Malcolm Leask to new managing director role

Global drinks business International Beverage Holdings has announced the appointment of vice president of sales, Malcolm Leask, to the new post of managing director.

JungleBird’s Divyesh Chauhan talks cocktail culture in Kuala Lumpur

Over the last few years, Kuala Lumpur has emerged as a cocktail city to watch. Drinks International caught up with Divyesh Chauhan, co-founder and director of JungleBird, one of the bars putting Malaysia’s capital on the bartending map.

Schofield brothers launch new Sterling Bar

This month Joe and Daniel Schofield, alongside wine expert James Brandwood, will take over the lower ground at Manchester’s Stock Exchange Hotel to launch new cocktail bar Sterling. 

London’s Coupette to launch new graffiti-inspired menu

Acclaimed East London bar Coupette has announced the launch of a new menu inspired by Banksy and the creative link between graffiti and the prohibition era.

Heineken UK takes full ownership of Beavertown Brewery

Heineken UK has announced the purchase of the remaining shares of Beavertown Brewery, having purchased a minority stake in 2018, assuming full ownership of London’s largest brewery.

Irish Distillers announce plans for €250 million distillery

Irish Distillers has outlined a €250 million investment plan to build a new distillery in Midleton Co. Cork.

Edrington appoints new master blender for The Famous Grouse

Spirits company Edrington, has announced the appointment of Craig Johnstone as master blender for The Famous Grouse.

Highland Park adds new whisky to its Cask Strength series

Single malt distillery Highland Park, based in Orkney, Scotland, has added a new whisky to its Cask Strength series, designed to challenge whisky drinking norms.

Ukiyo Japanese Spirits launches in New Zealand

Japanese spirits brand Ukiyo has launched its Blossom Gin, Yuzu Gin, and Rice Vodka in New Zealand after agreeing a distribution deal.

Lauren Mote: Hospitality Powerhouse

Lauren Mote’s energy and drive have made her name synonymous with success in the industry. She manages to sit still for an interview with Shay Waterworth.

Julie Reiner to reopen Milady’s in New York

Julie Reiner will return to her old territory this September, to open Milady’s at the corner of Prince and Thompson Streets in SoHo, New York.

St-Rémy announces expansion into new global markets

French Brandy company, St-Rémy, is celebrating the success of its St-Rémy Signature which launched in 2020 and is showing growth in its pioneering markets of Canada, USA and Australia, as it continues to expand into new markets.

Johnnie Walker is giving away 270,000 free drinks in the UK

Blended Scotch brand Johnnie Walker has announced a partnership with UK nightlife discovery app, DUSK, to give away 270,000 Johnnie Walker and lemonades at participating venues across the country.

Prosecco DOC gains trademark protection In New Zealand

The European Union has reached a bi-lateral agreement with New Zealand which recognises the Prosecco DOC trademark.

Total Beverage Solution adds Lindores Abbey Single Malt Scotch Whisky to its portfolio

Total Beverage Solution, a full-service national importer and supplier of beer, wine, and spirits, has announced the addition of a new single malt scotch brand to its portfolio.

London’s Lyaness named world’s best bar at The Tales of the Cocktail’s Spirited Awards

Lyaness at Sea Containers London took top honours as it was named World’s Best Bar at the 16th annual Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards at the New Orleans Ritz Carlton Hotel.

Tales of the Cocktail Foundation partners with Singapore Tourism Board

Tales of the Cocktail Foundation (TOTCF), organizer of drinks industry conference, Tales of the Cocktail, where new ideas, products, and techniques are exchanged, has announced its partnership with Singapore Tourism Board (STB).

Andrea Di Chiara: reopening American Bar

Drinks International sat down with the acting bar manager of the American Bar at The Savoy, Andrea Di Chiara, to talk about the closure, reopening and a new dawn at the UK’s oldest surviving cocktail bar.

WIRSPA welcomes new members and calls for festival restraint

The West Indies Rum & Spirits Producers' Association (WIRSPA), a grouping of Caribbean rum producers, welcomed several new members at its annual general meeting (AGM).

The bitter taste of success

Italian bitters are enjoying something of a golden era as consumers’ tastes evolve.

Shane Lowry appointed new Jameson brand ambassador

Jameson has announced that professional Irish golfer, Shane Lowry, is to be the new brand ambassador, as they come together for a three-year global partnership.

Familia Torres acquires new Pontevedra winery

Familia Torres has consolidated its vinicultural project in the Rías Baixas appellation of origin, with the acquisition of a new winery in the province of Pontevedra.

Shochu now sold under beer and wine license in New York

Shochu can now be sold under its own category name in the state of New York, US, after amendments to the Beverage Control Act allowing Japanese Shochu (24% ABV or under) to be sold under a beer and wine license.

Spier Wine Farm joins Freixenet Copestick’s portfolio

Spier Wine Farm, one of South Africa’s oldest wineries, has joined the Freixenet Copestick portfolio from this month.

London’s Oriole launches new cocktail menu

Jazz club and cocktail bar Oriole has launched its latest cocktail menu this month which celebrates the ingredients and traditions of the Old World, the New World and the Orient.

St Lucia Distillers launches rum experience in Roseau Valley

St. Lucia Distillers has launched its ‘spiritourism project’ the Saint Lucia Rum Experience, a continuation of development for the single rum distillery on the island.

Little Red Door launches new menu for 2022

Parisian bar Little Red Door has launched a new menu for 2022 called Flourish, using directly sourced produce at the core of each cocktail.

Slingsby releases new RTD vodka can

Yorkshire, England, spirit brand Slingsby has expanded its ready-to-drink range with a Slingsby Solo vodka, lime & soda can.

Summer pop-up launches at Shangri-La The Shards’ Gǒng bar

Gǒng at Shangri-La The Shard, London, has partnered with Diplomático Rum and Canaïma Gin this summer, two sustainable, smallbatch Latin American spirits brands.

Modernising Calvados

The apple-based spirit’s newest incarnations are at odds with outdated consumer perceptions, but a new breed of producer is working to change this.