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Bristol Beer Factory launches AF beer to raise mental health awareness

The coronavirus pandemic seems to have made us more acutely aware of mental health problems. We all know people, perhaps in addition to ourselves, who've been struggling with lockdown and the effects of social isolation. For many, mental health remains a taboo subject, but progress is being made and various avenues for discussion are opening up. With more celebrities admitting openly to the difficulties they have experienced, there's far less of a perceived stigma these days in talking about mental health issues.

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Manchester Union Brewery launches two new beers!

Manchester Union Brewery is Manchester’s first and only dedicated craft lager brewery. They created their original 4.8% Manchester Union Lager in 2019, using traditional central European brewing methods but with a Mancunian swagger.

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Key West First Legal Rum now available in the UK

Paul Menta is a kiteboarder, distiller, chef, restaurateur, Professional Air Sports Association Master Instructor, author and entrepreneur. Born in Philadelphia on 1st March 1966, he fell in love with water sports as a young man, spending his summers going to the Jersey shore for surfing and to the rivers for water skiing. Key West, Florida has been his home since 1988 and this is where he and his business partner created Key West First Legal Rum Distillery in 2012, with production starting the following year.

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Sandro Bottega's vision for Prosecco

Sandro Bottega

Bottega SpA is a fourth generation family-owned company, renowned for producing a range of premium wines, spirits and liqueurs. They produce 16 million bottles a year and their wines are present in 150 countries, with exports accounting for 85%.

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The Growth of 'Low and No'

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Before COVID-19 struck, there had already been an explosion of new drinks on the market with little or no alcohol. Whether non-alcoholic soft drinks with sophisticated flavours, mocktails or other alternatives to traditional spirits, there is a huge amount of innovation in this category. Quality has also improved, spurred on by a sense of adventure, experimentation, wellness and lifestyle changes. Producers are keen to take their position at the premium end of the sector. Consumers are no longer faced with a dearth of decent options.

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Adding new sparkle to your end-of-year celebrations

Long before the dulcet tones of Roy Wood, Noddy Holder and others began dominating the airwaves, preparations for Christmas food and drink were well under way … and for good reason. Supermarkets' and indies' autumn/winter drinks portfolios are so important for sales and perhaps even more so now as people's social lives change due to COVID restrictions. With drinking at home replacing pub, bar and club visits, now's an ideal time to try different options and extend our comfort zones with new styles of wine, beer and spirits.

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Flor de Caña 12-year old rum

While the Caribbean is synonymous with the most famous rum brands, other countries around the world distil or blend the spirit too. One of these is Nicaragua, where sugar cane was introduced in the late 1800s and became an important part of the economy.

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Villa Sandi launches its pink Prosecco

In November 2020, UK supermarket shelves began stocking something new. The much talked about Prosecco Rosé had finally been launched on 28th October and started to be sold around the world.

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Say It In Style … Say It With Champers!

Champagne was never going to go away, was it? COVID-19 can turn our lives upside down, but we still want our French fizz! Both on- and off-trade sales of Champagne have now recovered strongly, following an initial dip during lockdown. Travel restrictions with enforced stay-at-home policies have encouraged more people to drink at home, whether beer, wine, spirits or anything else.

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The impact of lockdown on beer enthusiasts!

Lockdown has affected all of us in different ways, but its impact on the drinks industry has been particularly profound. Many companies have made radical changes to safeguard their businesses and sell their products. Online and direct-to-customer sales are up and, in some cases, represent brand new revenue streams.

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Mackmyra Whisky: tasting the magical forest of Sweden

Earlier in the year, a friend from Scotland visited. He's a big whisky fan (surprise!) so I had to decide what to give him. Searching around my selection of spirits, I came across a sample from a distillery he'd never heard of and whose whiskies I'd enjoyed at a few trade fairs before. He was so impressed, he immediately thought of buying a bottle for a friend of his! The whisky was from Mackmyra, a unique and forward-thinking distillery that's continually pushing the boundaries of whisky.

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