Industry news round-up: June 5, 2014


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Our weekly round-up of industry news, for May 27 to June 5, 2014


World Class names UK winner
James Fowler (pictured) from The Larder House and The Library in Bournemouth has been crowned World Class UK Bartender Of The Year 2014 after a mid-air final on a British Airways flight from Hong Kong. His winning cocktail Copper Colours was made with Ketel One vodka, Butterfly Absinthe, Pacharan sloe liqueur and Lepanto OV brandy, garnished with serrano ham slices and burnt clementine wedges, drizzled with clementine-infused arbequina oil. He will represent the UK in the global final.
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London Club & Bar Awards winners
Steam & Rye was named best bar in the London Club & Bar Awards, hosted by Boy George. Other award winners included best club Dstrkt, best late-night bar London Edition, best restaurant bar Buddha-Bar, best boutique club Cirque Le Soir, best new boutique club The Drury Club, best new club Club No 41, best members club Mersault, best venue design for The Roof Gardens and best mixology for Polo Bar at The Westbury.
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Top bars experiment with Hudson whiskeys
Leading bars are being supplied with kits including a barrel for ageing, bitters, maple syrup and Prohibition newspapers as part of the first UK on-trade campaign for American whiskey Hudson. The Hudson City Kit aims to build awareness of the brand and introduce bartenders to Hudson’s Baby Bourbon, Four Grain and Manhattan Rye variants.
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New craft beer range from Carlsberg
Carlsberg UK has launched a portfolio of craft and speciality beers under the “Crafted” name to help free-trade customers to expand their beer offering. The portfolio of 28 beers has been sourced across Carlsberg UK’s third-party partners and the Carlsberg Group global portfolio. It includes lagers, bitters, pilsners, pale ales, porters and wheat beers, with draught, bottled and cans on offer.
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Bristol’s Living Room becomes a Slug
A second Slug and Lettuce bar is set to open in Bristol in the latest revamp of The Living Room portfolio of bars by owner Stonegate Pub Company. It is investing £122,000 in the site in Explore Lane, near Bristol Harbourside, due to launch June 16. It will complement Slug and Lettuce in St Nicholas Street, Bristol, which reopened in May after a refurbishment.
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Permanent home for pop-up bar
The team behind east London pop-up rum bar PortSide Parlour are set to unveil their new permanent residence in Rivington Street, Shoreditch, today. Robbie Acres and Charlie Otth have set the bar up after a successful year in Broadway Market. Along with rums and cocktails, there is a new southern European-inspired seafood tapas menu.
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World Cup inspires hot dog menu
A special menu of hot dogs is to be introduced at Slug and Lettuce bars inspired by six football teams taking part in the World Cup. It will be available for kick-off in the first group match on June 12 until the final on July 13. The Brazilian-inspired Salsa Dog layers tomato and chilli salsa and chopped coriander, garnished with a wedge of lime.
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New releases from Bunnahabhain
Bunnahabhain has released two limited-edition single malts. The 17-year-old Bunnahabhain Westering Home has been matured in a rich ex-cognac cask and then finished in a Sauterne dessert wine cask. The 10-year-old smoky Bunnahabhain Dràm an Stiùreadair was first matured in ex-American bourbon casks for nine years before being finished for one year in a marsala cask.
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Glendola expands with new site
Glendola Leisure is to open a new bar and restaurant in London specialising in “aged cocktails” alongside steak and other British cuisine. Silk & Grain is due to open in July in the former premises of the company’s restaurant and bar The Door in Cornhill in the City of London.
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New e-commerce site for Heineken
Cider and beer company Heineken has launched an e-commerce website to support licensees. Heineken Online can be used to manage and pay for orders 24 hours a day as well as manage invoices, credit and balances but licensees can also access exclusive online promotions and draw on the site’s business advice.
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Urban Leisure Group opens seventh site
Leading bar and restaurant operator Urban Leisure Group has launched its seventh site, called Ask for Janice, in Smithfield, London. The two-floor restaurant and bar offers a broad selection of wines and spirits, including over 45 London gins, and 50 craft beers.
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New partner for rum-flavoured beer
Beer and wine importer Morgenrot has added premium rum-flavoured beer Bachata to its portfolio to tap into the success of spirit-flavoured beers, or “speers”. While many spirit beers are made with flavourings and syrups, Bachata uses carefully sourced Cuban rum produced from natural sugar cane and aged in oak casks for seven years. Available in 33cl bottles with ABV of 5.3%, it was launched last year by Flagship Brands.
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Bartending competition for Martin Miller’s
A global bartending competition has been launched for Martin Miller’s Gin, seeking the best multi-sensory cocktail-drinking experiences that offer “romance and adventure in a glass”. Under the banner of We are the Tastemakers, it offer the prize of an all-expenses-paid trip to Iceland, home of the water with which the gin is blended.
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Hooper’s adds Raspberry & Nettle
Global Brands has added Raspberry & Nettle flavour to its Hooper’s range of traditionally British alcoholic drinks. Made with real fruit juice and natural raspberry flavours, it joins the existing range of Dandelion & Burdock, Strawberry & Elderflower, Cloudy Lemonade and Ginger Brew.
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Lincoln bartender in Stella Artois finale
Nick Kirman from The Strait & Narrow bar in Lincoln has been announced as runner-up in the 2014 Stella Artois World Draught Master competition. He was selected to represent the UK at the global event in Cannes in France after the bar was chosen as one of the best-performing outlets in the Stella Artois Connoisseurs programme. Nick went head to head in the finale against eventual winner Marjolein Geuens from Belgium.
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Brand manager role for ex-bartender
Former bartender Leanne Davidson has been appointed as brand manager for premium Russian vodka Beluga, The King’s Ginger liqueur and The Pink Pigeon rum. She has taken on the new role at premium spirits specialist Mangrove where The King’s Ginger and The Pink Pigeon are the latest additions to its portfolio.
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Seventh site for Renaissance Pubs
Renaissance Pubs has opened its first new site in three years with the refurbishment of a landmark venue in south London. It has acquired The Latchmere in Battersea which is being officially relaunched today (June 4). It operates six other premium pubs around south London.
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Cambridge bartender wins Luxardo heat
Hal McRitchie-Pratt of La Raza in Cambridge has won the first heat of the new Luxardo Campione cocktail competition launched by liqueur specialist Luxardo for its cherries range: Maraschino, Sangue Morlacco and Maraschino cocktail cherries. Hal created the Cherry Beatdown, mixing Luxardo Sangue Morlacco, Luxardo Maraschino Originale, syrup from a jar of Luxardo Maraschino cherries, vodka, beetroot juice, muddled yellow pepper and basil.
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British bar named Europe’s most influential
The Artesian Bar at London’s Langham hotel has been named Europe’s most influential bar in the European Bar Awards run as part of the Cocktails Spirits show in Paris. Over half of the bars in the shortlist for the category were from the UK. All in London, the others were the Connaught Bar, Blind Pig, The Punch Room at London Edition, Happiness Forgets and White Lyan.

New campaign for Gentleman Jack
A digital outdoor advertising campaign has been launched for Gentleman Jack whiskey building on its Order of Gentlemen marketing platform. It is running at London and Glasgow Underground stations and outdoor locations in London, Manchester and Glasgow. It is based on the concept of an exclusive society that shares the love of craft and quality of the brand while highlighting the necessary attributes of being a modern gentleman. Tying in with Father’s Day gifting, it is aimed at drinkers aged 26 to 34.

Hawthorn expands with 88 pubs
Pub company Hawthorn Leisure has acquired a portfolio of 88 tenanted and leased pubs from R&L which went into administration. After the acquisition of 275 pubs from Greene King, it brings Hawthorn’s estate to 363 tenanted and leased pubs, which are 98% freehold. Chief executive Gerry Carroll said: “Hawthorn Leisure’s strategy of supporting and investing in its tenants provides a fantastic opportunity for these pubs.”

World Cup late licence for Welsh
Pubs and bars in Wales have been brought in line with England so they can stay open late for World Cup matches when England play. After complaints from the licensed trade, regulations allow for premises in Wales to apply for a temporary event notice for the games. The first extension will be for England’s opening game against Italy on June 14 which kicks off at 11pm UK time.

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