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Tuesday 30 June 2015
10 of Hong Kong’s oldest bars

To commemorate the 18th anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover on 1 July 1997, we bring you a list of some of the city’s oldest drinking holes.

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UK customs seize 550,000 litres of alcohol

More than 550,000 litres of illegal beer, wine and spirits have been seized by the UK HM Revenue and Customs as part of a six-week crackdown on smuggling.

World’s cheapest city for a beer revealed

The average price of a bottle of beer is £1.07 in Krakow and Kiev, making them the cheapest cities in the world to buy beer, according to a recent survey.

Rise for Haut Bailly in Liv-ex 2015 classification

Liv-ex’s bi-annual “re-classification” of Bordeaux saw Haut Bailly leap into “second growth” territory while a number of “fourth growths” are now thirds.

Video snaps capture slo-mo reactions to beer

Who knew watching someone take a sip of sour ale for the first time, in slow-motion and while naked, could be so entertaining?

Beer

Chinese student builds house out of beer bottles

An engineering graduate and his father have built a two-storey house made out of 8,500 beer bottles in China’s central Qijiang District of Chongqing.

Carlsberg creates beer-shampoo

Danish brewer Carlsberg has launched a new range of men’s grooming products designed to harness the nourishing power of beer.

Beck’s forced to issue $50 refunds

Anyone that has bought a Beck’s beer in the past four years could be entitled to a $50 refund, after AB InBev admitted its packaging wrongly implied the beer was brewed in Germany.

Top 10 Hong Kong craft beer bars

Anyone looking to quench their thirst with a ginseng microbrew should skinny-jean their way through this list. Beards optional.

Q&A: John Barbier, the Colorado cook-vintner

“I have never followed a recipe in my life, I’m a man of instinct”, declares Colorado cook-turned-winemaker John Barbier.

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Wearable technology and the data driven night out

Ed Southerden, senior planner at creative communications agency Bray Leino, examines what the Apple Watch might mean for the drinks market. by Ed Southerden

Is powder the future of food?

A powdered food brand has launched in the UK that aims to change the way people consume, treating food as fuel rather than one of life’s great pleasures. by Lucy Shaw

Budweiser takes on beer pairing… and wins

The King of Beer's craft-beer-inspired "brewed the hard way" strategy continues to drive its advertising. by Dan Fox
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WHISK(E)Y

SWA creates heavyweight London team

The Scotch Whisky Association has appointed a number of senior high-fliers from the worlds of diplomacy and politics as it opens a London office to help strengthen the industry’s global presence.

Prince Charles enjoys Scotch tour

HRH Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, paid a visit to a number of Scotch whisky distilleries today, marking the 200th anniversary of two.

Machine makes ‘non-clinking’ ice cubes

An Italian design company has joined forced with Chivas to launch a machine that makes teardrop-shaped ice cubes, which they claim eradicates “clinking”.

Brown-Forman launches first rye whiskey

Brown-Forman’s Woodford Reserve is extending its range and tapping into the US craft whiskey boom by launching its first rye whiskey in the UK.

Our Top 10's

Top 10 funniest pub signs

Raising a smile from passersby and patrons alike, it seems there are many would-be comedians lurking behind the world’s bars, as this collection of pub sign humour proves.

Top 10 wines in the UK press

An English fizz fit for Wimbledon, a “chunky, berry-stuffed” Negroamaro and a “lithe and elegant” Chenin Blanc have been tickling UK writers’ tastebuds this week.

Top 10 London rooftop bars

London’s many rooftop bars offer not only an opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle of the streets, but incredible views of the city.

Top 10 silly stories of the month

the drinks business might be a serious drinks trade publication, but we aren’t above reporting on hungover hedgehogs and whisky porn online.

Top 10 wines in the UK press

An “epic” Riesling, a “Grecian beauty” that “gobsmacks with opulent tropical fruit” and a Spanish Albariño that begs to be served with a platter of fresh fish make this week’s roundup.

Top 10 Hong Kong summer cocktails

As Hong Kong’s humidity rises, so does the list of cocktails available on every rooftop bar or dingy drinking den. Here are some new summer offerings.

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Fine Wine

Bordeaux 2005: Biggest movers

Expectation surrounding the 2005s is building and pushing up prices for top estates – Liv-ex has the biggest movers so far.

En primeur: beware the heralded vintage?

From an investment point of view it is best to buy the “vintages of the century” en primeur or later?

Parker retrospective boosts 05 Palmer

Château Palmer’s 2005 is the latest wine from that vintage to see an increase in trade as anticipation over Robert Parker’s forthcoming ’05 retrospective builds.

BI offers 2014 imperial collection en primeur

Fine wine merchant Bordeaux Index is offering its clients a 10 imperial collection of Left Bank Bordeaux from the 2014 vintage.

Champagne

UK importer confident of Champagne comeback

One leading UK Champagne importer is optimistic for the future of the category after a Champagne sell-out at Royal Ascot.

Asda warns suppliers of Champagne scam

Asda is warning suppliers to be on guard after several companies received emails which claimed to be from the supermarket requesting bogus contracts.

Cristal launches ‘underrated’ vintage

Champagne Louis Roederer has released its Cristal prestige cuvée from the “underrated” 2007 vintage.

Veuve Clicquot launches mixing Champagne

Proving it isn’t scared to innovate in order to attract new consumers, Veuve Clicquot has launched a Champagne designed specifically for mixing in cocktails.

Bordeaux trade suffering mid-June

Bordeaux’s share of trade on Liv-ex in the middle of June is at a new low for 2015 but is it a blip or the result of a so-so en primeur campaign?