Industry news round-up: September 18, 2014

Our regular round-up of industry news, for September 15 to 18, 2014

Restaurant acquires Jim Beam barrel
JW Steakhouse at London’s Grosvenor House has become the first retailer in Europe to acquire a full barrel of Jim Beam Single Barrel Bourbon. The hotel’s beverage manager Karina Elias travelled to the Jim Beam American Stillhouse in Kentucky to select a barrel under the guidance of master distiller Fred Noe. The personalised JW Steakhouse bottles of bourbon are on display at the restaurant’s Bourbon Bar alongside the barrel signed by Fred himself. The drinks menu will feature tailor-made Jim Beam Single Barrel Bourbon cocktails.
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Revamp for Revolution master classes
The New Inventive Bar Company has revamped the popular programme of master classes at its Revolution bars. The 90-minute interactive sessions take consumers through the history, tools and skills of making cocktails and also allows them to get behind the bar to muddle, shake, stir and strain their way through a range of classic and original cocktails.
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Cocktails in the City arrives in London
Bars across London are coming together under one roof today and tomorrow at Cocktails in the City in London. Running September 18 and 19, the festival in the Grand Hall near St Pancras will feature over 20 different pop-up bars as a celebration of the capital’s cocktail culture. The bars have all partnered with different drinks brands for the event.
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Drinks company founder wins award
Kirsty Loveday, managing director of Love Drinks, has won the Outstanding Entrepreneur Award at the 2014 Women 1st Shine Awards. The awards aim to recognise and celebrate female talent in hospitality, retail, passenger transport, travel and tourism. Kirsty founded the expanding Love Drinks in 2007 and now handles leading premium brands such as El Dorado rum, Gosling’s rum and Hayman’s gin.

Sales grow for Scottish brewer
Scottish brewer Innis & Gunn has broken through the £10million sales barrier for the first time, according to its results for 2013. In the year to December, turnover was up 15% to £10.5million. During the year, it consolidated canning and bottling on one site, introduced lower-weight 660ml and 330ml bottles and developed new-generation high-tech vessels for maturing its beers. It also successfully introduced Lager and Toasted Oak IPA to its core stable of beers.

Star Pubs & Bars pubs package to be sold
Heineken UK has agreed to sell 111 pubs from its Star Pubs & Bars business to Admiral Taverns for an undisclosed sum. The sale is expected to complete during October 2014. Alongside the sale agreement, the two companies have agreed that Heineken will continue to offer its ciders and beers to the 111 pubs.

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