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The best beers from the BBAs 2021

The Bartenders' Brand Awards, now in its fourth year, is CLASS’ annual product testing - by bartenders, for bartenders. Up next is the beer top five. 

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The best cognacs from the BBAs 2021

The Bartenders' Brand Awards, now in its fourth year, is CLASS’ annual product testing - by bartenders, for bartenders. Here we unveil the results for cognac.

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Last call for applicants to mentorship programme

The Equal Measures Mentorship Project - a collaboration between spirits training school The Mixing Class and non-profit Equal Measures - is accepting final applications for its first intake of students this week, closing on Friday 16 April.

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The best American Whiskies from the BBAs 2021

The Bartenders' Brand Awards, now in its fourth year, is CLASS’ annual product testing - by bartenders, for bartenders. Next up in our results, is a key category for some of the most popular classic cocktails: American Whiskey.

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The best gins from the BBAs 2021

The Bartenders' Brand Awards, now in its fourth year, is CLASS’ annual product testing - by bartenders, for bartenders. Next up in our results, is the UK’s biggest bar category battleground: gin.

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Diageo announces World Class return

Diageo has confirmed that its global bartender competition World Class will return in July.

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Bacardi Legacy returns after pandemic break

Bacardi Legacy will take place in June, the rum company has announced.

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The best rums from the BBAs 2021

The Bartenders' Brand Awards, now in its fourth year, is CLASS’ annual product testing - by bartenders, for bartenders. In our next instalment of results, the top scorers in the rum category.

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Registration opens for CLASSROOM ft. Edrington-Beam Suntory

CLASS is now taking registrations for its next digital tasting event: CLASSROOM in association with Edrington-Beam Suntory.

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The best liqueurs from the BBAs 2021

The Bartenders' Brand Awards, now in its fourth year, is CLASS’ annual product testing - by bartenders, for bartenders. In the fourth article of our serialised results, we reveal which liqueurs fared best.

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The best brandies from the BBAs 2021

The Bartenders' Brand Awards, now in its fourth year, is our annual product testing - by bartenders, for bartenders. In the third of our serialised results, we look at brandy. 

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The best vodkas from the BBAs 2021

The Bartenders' Brand Awards, now in its fourth year, is our annual product testing - by bartenders, for bartenders. In the second of our serialised results, we unveil the top five vodkas. 

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The BBAs methodology

The BBAs judging process covers the key factors bartenders consider when making purchasing decisions, namely taste, value for money and design. Our step-by-step assessment rewards the best drinks products in each category. 

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The best scotch whiskies from the BBAs 2021

The Bartenders' Brand Awards, now in its fourth year, is our annual product testing - by bartenders, for bartenders. 

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The government to consult hospitality on rent debt

The government has called for evidence on commercial rent debts, signalling a step forward in addressing arrears accumulated by hospitality tenants during the pandemic.

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What are the Most Admired Wine Brands? Drinks International unveils 2021 list

CLASS sister publication Drinks International has unveiled The World’s Most Admired Wine Brands 2021, celebrating critically acclaimed mainstream and fine wines in the same list.

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Welsh hospitality poised for May indoor reopening

Hospitality in Wales could reopen indoors in May if Covid cases remain low, its government has said.

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Firms urged to turn down "derisory" pandemic pay outs

Hospitality business owners have been urged not to accept “derisory” initial offers from insurers who previously denied them pandemic pay outs.

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Poll: Londoners more likely to brave bad-weather socialising

Londoners may be about to debunk their ‘Southern Softies’ moniker, with a recent poll suggesting inhabitants of the capital are the most likely Britons to socialise outdoors in bad weather.

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Imbibe Live 2021 to go ahead – and not virtually

Imbibe Live 2021 will go ahead from 13-14 September at Olympia London, organiser Reed Exhibitions has announced.

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New rates relief to provide brief boost to supply chain

UKHospitality has welcomed the new business rates relief fund and extra targeted support for businesses which, the trade body says, should benefit hospitality supply chain businesses.

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“Homeboy on steroids” readies for release

The sequel to Ciarán Smith and Aaron Wall’s Homeboy will open in April, with the promise of the same modern take on Irish hospitality but a bigger – much bigger – venue.

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UKBG's first female president eyes revolution

The UKBG, the world’s oldest surviving bar guild, has appointed a female president for the first time in its 87-year history.

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Parliament to debate further support for hospitality

Image: Parliamentlive.tvMPs will debate the issue of ‘Support for the Hospitality Industry during Covid-19’ tomorrow (March 24) in the House of Commons.

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Michter’s owner enters into 50/50 partnership with Los Siete Misterios mezcal

The parent company of Michter’s Distillery, Chatham Imports, has entered into a partnership with mezcal brand Los Siete Misterios, CLASS can exclusively reveal.

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Midlands trade calls for staff background checks

The Midlands trade has called for compulsory DBS checks for staff of family-oriented hospitality venues in the wake of the sentencing of a Leicester bar owner for sex offences.

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Sacha Lord to begin legal action over hospitality lockdown

Sacha Lord, the Night Time Economy Adviser for Greater Manchester, has started legal action against the Government over the lockdown of hospitality.

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The Drinks Trust launches skills sharing, networking and wellbeing platform

The Drinks Trust has launched The Drinks Community, an interactive platform dedicated to creating connection and opportunity for drinks professionals.

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Mentors and sponsors announced for Equal Measures programme

Equal Measures and The Mixing Class have secured funding for the first round of their jointly organised Education and Mentorship Programme.

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London Cocktail Week extended to a month again

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