Industry news round-up: September 8, 2014

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Our regular round-up of industry news, for September 4 to 8, 2014

New porters launched by Guinness
Guinness is launching two new premium porters in the UK as its first products from an innovation programme at the brewery in Dublin. Guinness Dublin Porter and Guinness West Indies Porter will be supported with a £5million marketing campaign and activities such as bar-staff education and in-outlet consumer testing events. Both will be available in 500ml bottles, but the Dublin Porter will also be on draught.
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Kopparberg to add Spiced Apple cider
Swedish cider brand Kopparberg is to launch Spiced Apple in the on-trade in October. It has a warming sweetness, balancing cinnamon notes with a woody aroma, either for serving over ice or warmed up. It will be supported by promotional point-of-sale materials such as bespoke “Keep Cosy Kits”, including an urn and festive knit mugs to mull, dispense and serve the cider.
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YBF award won by London bartender
Bartender Carl Brown of London restaurant Dishoom was one of the winners of this year’s YBFs. Carl won the cocktails and alcohol category in the awards, which stand for “Young British Foodies”. The category was judged by Tony Conigliaro of London bar 69 Colebrooke Row, drinks writers Alice Lascelles and Anistatia Miller, and Gareth Evans, group bar manager for Jason Atherton’s restaurants and bars.
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The Balvenie unveils 50-year-old malts
Two new single malts, both matured for 50 years, have been unveiled today by The Balvenie. Filled from the same distillation into the same type of cask on the same day in 1963, the two new releases of The Balvenie Fifty are markedly different in character despite identical origins.
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Britons unaware of falling alcohol sales
Almost nine out of 10 adults in Britain are unaware that British people are drinking less alcohol than they were a decade ago and that binge drinking is in decline, according to a new survey. The poll by YouGov found that 89% of adults did not know about the changes in the UK’s drinking habits, with just 11% knowing that Britons drink less than they did 10 years ago.
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ALMR reveals Ops Manager awards finalists
The finalists for this year’s ALMR Operations Managers Awards have been announced, with a line-up of people from leading bar, club and pub companies. Twenty business development managers and area managers have been selected for the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers’ awards after rigorous judging by leading industry figures. They come from companies such as The Luminar Group, Spirit Pub Company, Mitchells & Butlers and Revolution operator Inventive Bar Company.
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Vodka launched for Tonino Lamborghini
The team behind Tonino Lamborghini Energy Drink have extended the luxury brand with the launch of a super-premium vodka. Tonino Lamborghini Vodka is produced with grain from eastern Europe to create a smooth spirit with a peppery finish. It is filtered several times through birch-activated carbon filters and quartz fine sand and diluted to 40% ABV with water from the Alpine springs of Franciacorta in Italy. It has been launched by Bance Group.
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Campaign for more live acts in bars
Equity, the union representing actors and other performers, has launched a campaign to encourage more bars and pubs to offer live entertainment. Its Live Entertainment Works! campaign aims to highlight the new licensing laws that make it much easier for bars and pubs to put on acts such as musicians.
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Tortilla brand links with mezcal
Premium tortilla brand Manomasa is being promoted for serving with agave spirits through a “Mezcal Mash-Up” tasting at restaurant and bar Casa Negra in Shoreditch, London on September 17. The event for consumers is being run with Melanie Symonds of mezcal brand QuiQuiRiQui which features in the tasting alongside Los Danzantes and Del Maguey.
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Win a Woodford Reserve infusion jar
Premium small-batch Kentucky bourbon Woodford Reserve, which is leading the renaissance of premium bourbons in the UK, is offering bars a chance to win a branded infusion jar with Bar magazine. It can be used for infusing new flavours into their Woodford Reserve cocktails.
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New restaurant group to open bar
M Restaurants is to open M Bar as part of its first venue in the City of London. Also made up of M Raw and M Grill, M Restaurant is due to open in November in the former premises of La Bourse with interiors by René Dekker Design. The bar is being created by Lance Perkins, bars and beverage director of London Edition Hotel and formerly at Gaucho Restaurants. M Restaurants was founded by Martin Williams, former managing director of Gaucho Restaurants.

Bacardi Legacy heading down under
Bacardi has announced that the global final of the latest Bacardi Legacy cocktail competition will be held in Sydney. Nearly 40 bartenders, including the winner of the UK competition, will compete there in May 2015 – the first time the global final has been in the southern hemisphere.

UK debut for Californian single-hop beers
Hermitage Beer in San Jose, California, has launched two of its Single Hop Series on draught in the UK, available from Left Coast Distribution. Single Hop Citra IPA, at 7% ABV, is the most popular of Hermitage’s single-hop beers with a floral aroma and notes of citrus, toasted barley and caramel. Single Hop Mandarina Bavaria is a 7% ABV beer, made with a new hop from Germany that brings a mandarin orange aroma and flavour.

Monin adds Asian-inspired syrup
Syrup specialist Monin has added lemongrass syrup to its portfolio of over 140 flavours, designed to capitalise on the popularity of Asian-inspired drinks. James Coston, Monin UK brand ambassador, said: “Our new syrup captures the unique zesty, citrus taste of lemongrass in a convenient, cost-effective ingredient any bartender or mixologist can use. It’s the perfect addition to a range of drinks such as Martinis, Mojitos, lemonades and iced teas.”

New bar for revamped restaurant
D&D London is to re-open its Almeida restaurant in Islington, north London, this month with a refreshed, contemporary new interior that includes, for the first time, a destination bar. The cocktail list will change seasonally, incorporating infusions and fresh herbs grown on the restaurant’s street-side terrace, such as the Rosemary Julep with rosemary, lemon, mint and bourbon. The restaurant is under head chef Tommy Boland.

Malt loaf inspires Manchester ale
Lancashire brewer Thwaites has created a beer especially for the Manchester Food and Drink Festival which runs from September 18 to 21. Use Your Loaf was created by beer enthusiast Iain Devine from Sale, Manchester, who won a competition for would-be brewers to come up with suggestions for a brew that would capture the spirit of Manchester. Iain’s beer was inspired by malt loaf which is made in Manchester by Soreen. The 3.9% ABV ale has deep malty, fruit flavours.

Pub restructure at Wiltshire brewer
Wiltshire brewer Wadworth has restructured its managed pub estate, allocating each of its 45 pubs into a different segment or category. The five segments are Great Pub Great Food, High Street, Beer House, Community Local and Family Pub Dining. Within these segments, guidelines have been supplied on aspects of service and style, from menu design to coffee offerings and wine range.

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