Wild Card head brewer Jeaga Wise appointed SIBA director

Wild Card Brewery’s Jaega Wise has been elected as a director for The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA).

db Drinks: Waeska

db’s Lucy Shaw heads to Waeska bar at The Mandrake hotel for expertly mixed cocktails inspired by medicinal plants and magnificent mythical taxidermy.

The week in pictures

This week in the world of drinks, Will Ferrell whiled away the day in Yarra Valley, we sampled the pre-prohibition whiskeys now available at Grosvenor House, and one brewery doggo finally got the recognition she deserves.

‘A Good Year’ author dies

Peter Mayle, the author behind a number of fictional books set in Provence with wine at their heart, has died aged 78.

Two Chinese arrested for selling spirits to North Korea

Two Chinese nationals are accused of violating Japanese sanctions for selling banned goods to North Korea including bottles of whisky, brandy and other alcoholic beverages.

Spanish film journalist receives top award at Bodega Matarromera

Spanish film journalist Javier Angulo has been presented with the Matarromera Golden Insignia by Carlos Moro, president of Bodega Matarromera, for his role in the dissemination of art and culture in Spain. 

‘Best ever’ Selección Especial from La Rioja Alta released

The 2005 vintage of La Rioja Alta’s Gran Reserva 890 ‘Selección Especial’ – considered the estate’s “top wine” – has been released in the UK.

André Simon Awards: ‘By the Smoke and The Smell’

In the run up to the André Simon Awards this February, the drinks business will be publishing an extract from each of the shortlisted books in the drinks category. First up is Thad Vogler’s ‘By the Smoke and The Smell’ published by Ten Speed Press.

Building studio constructs tiny $85k house around whiskey still

Indiana-based building studio Carpenter Owl has constructed a 6.7 metre long wooden building, housing a family’s heirloom whiskey still, at a cost of US$85,000.

Brexit driving London restaurant closures

Brothers Chris and Jeff Galvin’s much loved Galvin Bistrot de Luxe in Marylebone is to close next month after losing a fifth of its staff in the wake of the Brexit vote.

Continuity at Haut-Bailly as Wilmer’s son takes over

Chris Wilmers has taken charge of Château Haut-Bailly and Le Pape following the death of his father ‘Bob’ last year.

Samuel Adams launches co-fermented craft beer

Boston brewery Samuel Adams has launched a new hybrid brew produced by co-fermenting a lager and an ale called Sam ’76, which it hopes will compete with imported lagers such as Corona and Stella Artois.

DRC winemaker retires

The longstanding winemaker at famed Burgundian estate Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Bernard Noblet, is stepping down it has been announced.

UK resident tries to put birthday drinks at Glasgow nightclub on tax return

Ahead of the January self-assessment deadline, HMRC has revealed some of the amusing items Brits have tried to claim for including birthday drinks, candles and Prosecco and 250 days worth of sausage and chips. 

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