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Rio de Janeiro’s best craft beer breweries

Cachaça and caipirinha’s might be the first drinks that come to mind when mentioning Brazil, but Rio de Janeiro boasts an impressive craft brewery scene that often goes overlooked.

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Corona to sponsor LA Rams

Corona Extra is the new ‘official beer’ of the NFL franchise the LA Rams it has been announced.

Sponsored: Wine and Champagne by the glass: your customers are ready – are you?

The team at Bermar International estimates that its 45,000+ customers will serve between $2-$3 billion worth of wine and Champagne by the glass this year, but are you getting your share?

Stanford alcohol ban sends ‘dangerous message’

The US Distilled Spirits Council has criticised Stanford University’s hard liquor ban saying that it sends a “dangerous message” and unfairly singles out spirits.

Winemaker Ben Snyman talks Survivor

Overhex Wines International head winemaker Ben Snyman talks about the winemaking process involved in producing the Survivor Wines range.

Beer

Brits toast Olympics with 15m more pints

Sales of wine, beer and cider were given a welcome boost in August with the effects of a heatwave and Olympic celebrations helping to balance an otherwise “torrid year” for retailers.

Scottish brewer delivers truth serum beer to Trump and Clinton

Scottish brewery Innis & Gunn has created a beer laced with truth serum to be delivered to both Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton ahead of the US presidential election.

Craft beer made using 45m-year-old yeast

A craft beer that has been brewed with prehistoric yeast is set to be released in the US.

Craft beer insider spills industry’s dark secrets

Apparently, the craft beer industry isn’t the big family it’s depicted as, and one dark and shadowy figure has revealed the inner workings from behind the scenes.

What are you waiting for?

The fine wine market shows no signs of letting up, and although the end of last week saw a slight fall in index terms, as this week has begun we have seen nothing but rising bids, with offers “leaving the building” a bit sharpish. It felt like a firmer market to start the week, and sure enough the Liv-ex 50 rebounded 0.33% last evening.

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Small screen boosts confidence in fine wine

Beady-eyed investors will have had the chance to see and hear Amphora’s own James Fletcher on CNBC last Thursday. Yes folks, the fine wine market has been barreling ahead at such a rate as to attract the attention of the small screen. by Philip Staveley

Tasmania, an island of well-kept treasures

Being the only island State of Australia, Tasmania is a fascinating and intriguing wine region. According to the legend, this little island in the middle of the ocean was born from the union between Australia and New Zealand. by Jean-Baptiste Ancelot

Pink for Summer: Reviewing five rosé wines perfect for the sun

Rosé is often credited as being the ideal wine for the summer, and here Robin Goldsmith brings us five selections that make perfect accompaniment to the warm weather. by Robin Goldsmith
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WHISK(E)Y

Fine wine among most popular ‘hobby’ investments

According to a new study by Lloyds, one in six investors are sinking their fortunes into “hobby” investments such as fine wine and whisky.

Kirin Japanese whisky makes first shipment to France

Japanese whisky maker Kirin announced this week that they will begin selling their products in France for the first time.

Japan could give tourists tax break on alcohol

Japanese alcoholic drinks such as saké and Japanese whisky could become exempt from tax for foreign tourists if a request by its tourism agency is accepted.

BrewDog plan to take on Scotch distilleries with US-style whisky

BrewDog has already shaken up the craft beer scene in the UK, and now it seems they have set their sights on Scotland’s whisky industry.

KOTTABOS

Modern Wine Fables – Bordeaux: Futures

The third and final Modern Wine Fable; a journalist would do anything for a scoop, wouldn’t they?

Modern Wine Fables – Loire: Offering

In the second of our Modern Wine Fables, it might be wiser not to push a biodynamic producer to the edge, still worse over it. You may regret it.

Modern Wine Fables – Burgundy: Appreciation

In the first of three new fictional ‘Modern Wine Fables’, what happens when the world’s greatest wine becomes too expensive to drink?

Tricks of ancient drinking game revealed

The best way to win at the ancient drinking game “kottabos” is to fling your wine dregs like a baseball, not like a frisbee, one expert has declared.

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Five lies you’ve been told about alcohol

There’s been a slew of information about the pros and cons of drinking alcohol recently, but some myths have been around forever, and not all are as they seem.

Top 10 ways to wind up a wine lover

From waiters overfilling your wine glass to restaurant mark-ups and poor pronunciation, we round-up the most irritating habits guaranteed to tick-off a wine lover.

Top 10 Scottish gin distilleries

Scotland is now home to some fantastic small craft distilleries, and here we chart 10 of the best spanning from Hadrian’s Wall to the tip of the Highlands.

Top 10 quirkiest bars in London

London is a breeding ground for the innovative and the unusual, and naturally, this extends to the bar scene, too. Here are our pick of ten of the best quirky bars in the UK’s capital.

Eight irritating habits of people in the wine trade

The wine trade is largely made up of wine lovers happy to be working in an industry where they can indulge in their personal love of wine, but it also breeds some irritating habits.

London’s top 10 expert-rated wine lists

To mark the launch of Wine List Confidential – a unique new wine list ratings website from the team at db – we present the top 10 wine lists in London right now – as judged by experts.

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BBR appoints new private clients director

London fine wine merchant Berry Bros & Rudd has announced the appointment of Nick Morton in the new role of director of private clients.

Bordeaux sales ‘reach five-year high’

Sales of Bordeaux’s top fine wines have reached a five-year high off the back of rising demand from Asia due to the fall in the value of the pound post-Brexit.

Angelus and Talbot hitting the high notes

July saw various vintages from Bordeaux estates Angelus and Talbot hit new all-time highs on the Liv-ex exchange.

Online wine auction house launches in HK

Hong Kong wine merchant Links Concept and a group of Asia-based wine specialists have launched Bidvino.com – a new online wine auction site aimed at private collectors.

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14 of the world’s best sparkling wines

Sparkling wine is on fire at the moment, so we’ve rounded up the 14 top performers at our inaugural Global Sparkling Wine Masters competition for you to seek out.

Veuve Clicquot boat trip in pictures

Veuve Clicquot recently took to Hong Kong’s high seas for a fun, frothy and frivolous nautical trip complete with lashings of bubbles, Brut and boating banter.

The week in pictures

Male wine queens, cheeky squirrels and devastating hail storms all make up the bones of another eventful week in the world of wines and spirits.

‘Krug Island’ launch a music experience curated by The Clash legend Mick Jones

This September, Krug have partnered with Mick Jones and chef Michael O’Hare to create an unforgettable champagne, music and food experience from leading music names – Krug Island.

Top 10 drunk footballers

With the Premier League season set to return this weekend, we’re celebrating by putting together a gallery of drunk footballers, obviously.