Diageo has launched lime, strawberry, and chocolate-flavoured edible straws

Drinks giant Diageo has launched a range of flavoured, edible straws to accompany its line ready-to-drink canned serves, as both drinks and hospitality firms look for new ways to advertise their eco-friendly credentials to consumers.

Fine wine investment: Liquid luxury

In his weekly column on fine wine investment, Philip Staveley, head of research at Amphora Portfolio Management, gives his thoughts on fine wine as a luxury product.

Hong Kong brewing company debuts craft beer to save sea turtles

Hong Kong’s Olive Ridley Brewing Co has launched three new beers and pledged part of their profits to a charity foundation dedicated to protecting and preserving the Olive Ridley sea turtle, one of the world’s smallest species of turtle.

Asian Rosé Masters 2018: Results and analysis

Top medal-winning wines from our inaugural Asian Rosé Masters competition prove that a great rosé more than a pretty pale colour, the frivolity of marketing gimmicks, and celebrity tie-ins.

Care home opens pub called the ‘Hip Joint’

A care home in Fife has decided to provide its residents with a local, and has turned a summer house in its grounds into a makeshift pub called the Hip Joint. 

Brakspear sees 11% turnover boost despite “relentless” rise in costs

J T Davies & Sons, the parent company for pub chain Brakspear, increased its turnover last year to more than £28.3 million, but said some earnings are being squeezed by business rates and “relentless” rises in employment costs.

Ancient cups reveal chemical evidence of beer

An archaeological team excavating a 3,500-year-old site in Mesopotamia, which is now modern-day Iraq, has unearthed an ancient drinking vessel that has revealed some of the earliest known chemical evidence of beer. 

Brewer opens golf course with on-site pub

Independent brewer McMullen & Sons has opened a 9-hole par 3 golf course at Chadwell Springs Family Golf Centre, a site which now also boasts a pub, driving range, 9-hole pitch & putt and footgolf facilities. 

Carlsberg builds ‘first’ waterfall-powered pub

Carlsberg has built what it believes to be the world’s first waterfall-powered pub in a forest in Cornwall complete with its own beer pump, offering AirBnB users the chance to book in and stay the night.

Value of rare whisky at auction rises by 46% in six months

The value of whisky traded at auction crossed £16 million in the past six months, according to the 2018 half year report by whisky broker and investment analysts Rare Whisky 101, representing a 46% increase on the previous year. 

British gin exports rise by 19% in 6 months to hit record £279m

Exports of British gin have risen by 19% in value in the first half of 2018 to reach a record £279 million, according to new figures from HMRC, and are predicted to reach £600 million by the end of the year. 

French institute sees red over blue wine

As the blue wine trend gathers pace, with new blue wine Vindigo going on sale in France this month, French experts are finding the phenomenon hard to swallow.

This UK pub made £20,000 in fines after banning mobile phones

A micropub in Kent has raked in upwards of £20,000 in “fines” after its owners enforced a ban on mobile phones on-site.

Where to drink Prosecco in London

To celebrate National Prosecco Day, we’ve rounded up some of the best places in the capital to enjoy the popular Italian fizz straight up or in classic cocktails like the Bellini.

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