The range of craft beers available on draught is growing thanks to investment in microbreweries and new products, reports Mark Ludmon After eight years of continuous growth, Box Steam Brewery in Wiltshire moved to a new site last year, boosting capacity from 65 hectolitres to 400. This significant investment was a reflection of the founders’ …

Education and new products are helping to grow the appeal of absinthe, reports Mark Ludmon When Soho House Group took some of its top bartenders to New York a little over a year ago, their trip took in Maison Premiere, a bar in the boho neighbourhood of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. The “Oyster House and Cocktail …

The 2012 release of Buffalo Trace White Dog, the unaged bourbon, is now available in the UK, building on the appeal of the clear spirit with bartenders. Limited supplies of Buffalo Trace White Dog Mash #1, distilled in autumn 2012, have been imported by Buffalo Trace’s UK distributor, Hi-Spirits. Without ageing, it has more of …

Chivas Brothers has announced it is to go ahead with plans to open the home of Beefeater Gin to the public as a tourist attraction. The site in Kennington, south London, will open later this year and, for the first time, will offer visitors a chance to see the gin being made and learn about …

Mark Ludmon looks at the case for adding premium soft drinks and mixers to the menu At bars such as Lost Society, The Lost Angel and Citizen Smith in London, The Lost Group has gained a reputation for innovation in cocktails. But it has also seen enormous growth in premium soft drinks and non-alcoholic cocktails …

Beers, ciders and wines that are lighter in alcohol are gathering momentum, reports Mark Ludmon When Ilkley Brewery introduced its Dinner Ale five months ago, it was part of its Origins range of experimental brews. However, the level of interest made it clear that it belonged in the Yorkshire brewer’s core list despite having an …

Every January, increasing numbers of people give up alcohol to “detox”. This once meant bars and pubs were a no-go area but that is changing thanks to the spread of non-alcoholic cocktails. “Soft cocktail” ideas are now actively promoted by the likes of premium soft drinks brand Fentimans which has put together recipe ideas in …

As Christmas gets under way, here is a last look at some of the festive cocktails that we have come across over the past few weeks. The Maestro himself, Salvatore Calabrese, got into the Christmas spirit with a menu of five cocktails designed to embody the tastes and scents of the festive season. They include …

Ten years ago, the only way anyone drank energy drinks in bars and pubs was with vodka. Now, the “Vodka Red Bull” bar call has been replaced by the ubiquitous bomb serve, plus increasing use of energy drinks as a cocktail ingredient. “There is still an element of the vodka energy serve that introduced energy …

We all love a good story, and that is particularly true when it comes to vodka. With so many brands vying for attention in top-end bars and clubs, they need an engaging “story” to succeed. “It’s a difficult sell to consumers because of the massive price differential in that sector,” says Paul McFadyen, spirits brand …