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Sunday 20 April 2014


Russia’s illegal vodka market takes hold

Illegal vodka trade accounted for 55% of Russia’s entire vodka market in 2013, while its legal vodka production dropped by 17% in this year’s first quarter.

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014 No Comments »

Putin and Dutch king meet for a beer

The King of the Netherlands and the Russian president met for a beer at the Winter Olympics at a time of tension between the two countries.

Monday, February 10th, 2014 No Comments »

Concha y Toro sign Russian distribution deal

Russian Standard, the largest wine and spirits company in central and eastern Europe, have announced a partnership to distribute Concha y Toro wines in Russia.

Monday, February 10th, 2014 No Comments »

BrewDog launches ‘Anti-Putin’ beer

Madcap Scottish craft brewers, BrewDog, has launched a “protest beer” aimed at Vladimir Putin and Russia’s laws on homosexuality.

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014 No Comments »

Diamond cocktail sells for $50k

The “world’s most expensive cocktail” has been sold at the opening of an ice terrace at a restaurant in Moscow for $50,000.

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014 No Comments »

Russia counts the cost of its vodka habit

Vodka consumption has been closely linked to data showing that 25% of Russian men will die before the age of 55.

Friday, January 31st, 2014 No Comments »

UK brewer signs Russian export deal

Bath Ales has signed a Russian export deal targeting the off-trade including “high-end” supermarkets in a bid to boost overseas sales.

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014 No Comments »

Wine and Warfare part 14: The Molotov Cocktail

How the Finnish drinks industry helped create the Molotov Cocktail in the Winter War between Finland and the Soviet Union.

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014 No Comments »

£15m restaurant with 100 vintages of Yquem to open in London

Russian restaurateur Leonid Shutov is to open a £15m site in central London boasting a vintage Champagne bar and 100 vintages of Yquem.

Thursday, January 9th, 2014 1 Comment »

Scottish brewery moves on Russian market

A Scottish craft brewery is pushing into the Baltic market after signing a deal to distribute its beers in Russia.

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014 2 Comments »

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