Hottest bar openings in August 2014

    There was an array of cool new bars to suit every taste and style launched across the globe last month, including an elegant rooftop bar an a experimental rum emporium

    Craft spirits movement gives rise to craft malting

    Craft distilling and brewing has led to increased interest in craft malting, with more than 40 malthouses now operating in the US, according to a new book dedicated to the subject

    Vijay Mallya’s United Spirits seat under threat

    Vijay Mallya, billionaire chairman of United Spirits, has been declared a “willful defaulter” by the United Bank of India, casting further uncertainty over his future at the company

Top 10 bars and pubs in literature

A magical London boozer and a murderous coastal inn are just two of the listings in our selection of the top bars and pubs in literature

Top 10 spirit launches in August 2014

Cult whiskies, small-batch gins and brands dedicated to bygone stars of the past dominate our list of the top 10 spirit launches in August 2014

Top 10 house-made spirits brands

Whether a Victorian cream gin or a bespoke 34-year-old Scotch whisky, bars are striving to demonstrate their individuality by releasing creative house-made spirits

Scotch logisitcs provider builds three new warehouses

Carntyne Transport, logistics provider to the Scotch whisky industry, has expanded its warehousing facilities by more than 100,000 sq ft to cope with the category’s “significant growth”

AnCnoc unveils its peatiest Scotch whisky yet

Highland Scotch whisky anCnoc has unveiled its peatiest whisky to-date in the form of Cutter, which will join the brand’s peated collection

Cocktail Update

Tequila and Bourbon ‘not needed’ for basic cocktails

Consumers have been told Tequila, Scotch whisky, Irish whiskey and Bourbon are not vital if they want to stock a decent home bar, but they should buy genever and two styles of rum instead

Ten of the world’s highest bars

We love a good cocktail here at The Spirits Business, and if our drink comes with a view, the better. But be warned, the world’s 10 highest bars are not for those with an altitude fear

Charles Joly of The Aviary named Diageo World Class 2014 winner

The Diageo World Class 2014 winner has been named as Charles Joly, of The Aviary in Chicago, USA


Features

The week in pictures

Star Trek legend Patrick Stewart opted for a rather unconventional #IceBucketChallenge this week, while elsewhere a €35 million distillery neared completion

Is filtration good or bad for vodka?

Debate is heating up about the role of the filtration stage – or the lack of one – in producing flavoursome vodka, with many asking the question – is this good or bad for the industry?

Top 10 funny spirits names

These suggestive, outlandish, tongue-in-cheek and quirky brands included in our list of the top 10 funny spirits names are sure to prompt a chuckle or two

Top 5 bars in… Prague

Stubbon Czech traditionalism isn’t stopping a wave of bartenders from developing diverse vodka selections on their back bar, as BarChick finds

How far will the house spirits trend go?

From a liquor made from ants to a Jane Austen gin, an increasing number of bars are turning their hand to creating custom-made spirits, but how far will the trend go?

The week in pictures

The Ice Bucket Challenge, a trek to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro and National Rum Day celebrations form this week’s roundup

The 10 most famous absinthe drinkers

Absinthe has long had a reputation for causing hallucinations and stoking creativity, which is probably why its most famous drinkers are all artists, writers and poets, even in this day and age

Bacardi makes unprecedented move into single malt Scotch whisky

Bacardi is throwing its weight behind the single malt Scotch whisky category with the release of a series of expressions from its five malt distilleries

Spirits Business TV

Hollywood actor Jude Law can be seen showing off his dance moves in a new short film for Johnnie Walker Blue Label directed by Ridley Scott’s son

William Grant & Sons’ has hired former environmental activist Han Shan as its new US brand ambassador for Hudson Whiskey following a public competition

A bartender set a guest’s face on fire after a drink called the Flaming Lamborghini was served horribly wrong

Spirits Business top 10

There was an array of cool new bars to suit every taste and style launched across the globe last month, including an elegant rooftop bar an a experimental rum emporium

A magical London boozer and a murderous coastal inn are just two of the listings in our selection of the top bars and pubs in literature

Cult whiskies, small-batch gins and brands dedicated to bygone stars of the past dominate our list of the top 10 spirit launches in August 2014

Whether a Victorian cream gin or a bespoke 34-year-old Scotch whisky, bars are striving to demonstrate their individuality by releasing creative house-made spirits

Star Trek legend Patrick Stewart opted for a rather unconventional #IceBucketChallenge this week, while elsewhere a €35 million distillery neared completion

Debate is heating up about the role of the filtration stage – or the lack of one – in producing flavoursome vodka, with many asking the question – is this good or bad for the industry?

These suggestive, outlandish, tongue-in-cheek and quirky brands included in our list of the top 10 funny spirits names are sure to prompt a chuckle or two

Stubbon Czech traditionalism isn’t stopping a wave of bartenders from developing diverse vodka selections on their back bar, as BarChick finds

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