The week in pictures

Viking bartenders, warming winter drinks, a thrilling cocktail competition and Cognac workshops all feature in our week in pictures

Are female bartenders put off competitions?

As the bar industry makes more room for women among a myriad of men, Melita Kiely asks why we aren’t seeing more women entering competitions?

Artist and scientist study whisky art

A professional photographer and scientist have partnered to explore the beauty and science behind the dried rings whisky leaves behind in a glass

Marie Brizard announces competition winner

French spirits producer Marie Brizard has crowned Denmark-based bartender Aurimas Mulevicius winner of its 32nd biennial International Bartender Seminar in Bordeaux

Scotch distillery sponsors fish breeding project

A Speyside Scotch whisky distillery has completed an environmental project to help increase fish populations in nearby river the Mackalea Burn

Cocktail Update

World’s best bars to visit in 2015

Increasing creativity of international bartenders means our list of the world’s best bars to visit in 2015 is one of the most exciting yet

Australia and NZ bars to visit in 2015

Increasing numbers of international spirits brands and a strong Aussie dollar are fueling creativity Down Under

Are drinkers turned off by bar dress codes?

Two bar group managers discuss whether imposing a dress code is necessary to create the ‘right’ image, or if doing so comes at the price of alienating customers


Features

Simon Ford’s 86 Co ‘almost bankrupt before selling a bottle’

It takes a certain kind of courage to commit everything into starting a spirits company marketed solely at bartenders. Becky Paskin meets Simon Ford who, with the unique 86 Co., did just that

Jameson: a brand history

Two centuries since its birth, Jameson Irish whiskey – with its charm rooted in the streets of Dublin ­– can now boast its global appeal, writes Tom Bruce-Gardyne

The week in pictures

With tastings of ultra-rare Cognac, cocktail competitions and a certain spoof “Bourbon summit”, it’s been a busy week in the world of spirits

Top 10 famous whisky lovers

Some of the world’s most famous politicians, footballers, writers and pop stars are among those to have declared their love for whisky throughout the ages

Top 10 moments in rum history

Exile, revolution, war and Prohibition all played a part in shaping the fascinating story of rum. Here are the spirit’s top 10 historical moments

Spirits Business TV

William Grant & Sons has released its first Drambuie TV advert since acquiring the Scotch whisky liqueur brand earlier this year

Martini is targeting a new generation of consumers with the launch of a new cross-media global campaign

Diageo has launched the first TV advert for single grain Scotch whisky Haig Club, directed by Guy Ritchie and featuring David Beckham

Spirits Business top 10

Viking bartenders, warming winter drinks, a thrilling cocktail competition and Cognac workshops all feature in our week in pictures

As the bar industry makes more room for women among a myriad of men, Melita Kiely asks why we aren’t seeing more women entering competitions?

A professional photographer and scientist have partnered to explore the beauty and science behind the dried rings whisky leaves behind in a glass

It takes a certain kind of courage to commit everything into starting a spirits company marketed solely at bartenders. Becky Paskin meets Simon Ford who, with the unique 86 Co., did just that

Two centuries since its birth, Jameson Irish whiskey – with its charm rooted in the streets of Dublin ­– can now boast its global appeal, writes Tom Bruce-Gardyne

Upcoming Competitions

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The Tequila Masters 2015

Closing date:04 December 2014
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Edgerton Pink Gin Masters

Closing date:03 February 2015