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Chamber of Commerce calls for staffing support

The Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce is calling for further support for the hospitality industry following the impact of Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic, which has left the sector short on skilled staff.

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LCW announces July 'warm-up festival'

London Cocktail Week has announced a one-off 'warm-up festival', taking place 5-11 July 2021.

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The Nomad's first international outpost opens in London

The Nomad – the US’ pre-eminent food and beverage hotel - has opened in London, four years after taking the keys to its Covent Garden site.

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Schofield brothers to launch second Manchester venue

Joe and Daniel Schofield will open the ‘European drinkery’ Atomeca tomorrow (Friday 21 May), just two days after the indoor opening of Schofield’s Bar.

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Ron de Jeremy rebranded as Hell Or High Water rum

One Eyed Spirits has replaced ex-porn star Ron Jeremy as the face of its rum, rebranding to Hell or High Water.

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CLASS Spring Edition launches

 CLASS magazine returns this spring to coincide with the indoor opening of bars in the UK

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Former Nomad bars director McCarley-O’Neill joins Claridge's

Nathan McCarley-O’Neill has been appointed director of mixology of Claridge’s in London.

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Edrington and Beam Suntory end UK joint-venture

Edrington and Beam Suntory have reached an agreement to end their joint-venture distribution businesses after more than a decade of partnership.

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Aske and Stephenson tame the Dragons

Thomas Aske and Tristan Stephenson of Black Rock bars have secured investment from three ‘Dragons’ from the BBC’s Dragon’s Den for their subscription whisky club, Whisky Me.

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Space-ageing: a fine-wine folly or the final frontier?

A bottle of Pétrus 2000, which has spent 14 months aboard the International Space Station is expected to fetch $1million (£720,000) at Christie’s.

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Sage report analysis: is hospitality a transmission centre for Covid?

A report published by The Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) has drawn conflicting conclusions as to whether pubs and bars act as transmission centres for Covid-19.

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Simon Thompson to open World Heritage site (sports) bar

Present Company owner Simon Thompson will launch a bar in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Royal Albert Docks in Liverpool this summer, CLASS can exclusively reveal.

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High court rules against bringing forward indoor hospitality reopenings

Hospitality bosses have lost a legal challenge that would force the UK government to bring forward the reopening date for indoor hospitality in England.

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The UK’s first ‘alcohol-free agave spirit-infused beer’ launches

Mockingbird Spirit and Fortitude Drinks have collaborated to launch Esmeralda, the UK’s first alcohol-free beer infused with an alcohol-free tequila-style spirit.

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In-venue testing holds the key, says leading doctor

Rapid testing in hospitality venues could avoid the introduction of vaccine passports, while still allaying a potential rise in Covid infections when indoor service returns, according to a leading doctor.

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Cocktails in the City returns to London

Cocktails in the City will return to London this summer, with a series of three weekend events across June, July and August.

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Tequila trailblazer Tomas Estes passes

Tomas Estes, one of the drinks industry's most loved and respected figures, has passed away peacefully at his home in Oregan. 

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The best of the best from the BBAs 2021

The Bartenders' Brand Awards, now in its fourth year, is our annual product testing - by bartenders, for bartenders. We finish this series with the best of the best, including the BBA's 2021 Supreme Champion. 

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The best of the rest from the BBAs

The Bartenders' Brand Awards, now in its fourth year, is CLASS’ annual product testing - by bartenders, for bartenders. Our penultimate article of the series rounds up the highlights of the smaller categories in this year's BBAs.

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The best non-abvs from the BBAs 2021

The Bartenders' Brand Awards, now in its fourth year, is CLASS’ annual product testing - by bartenders, for bartenders. The fast-growing category of non-abv aperitifs, spirits and wines is next. 

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Havana Club enters spiced market under lure of Gen Z

Havana Club has finally entered the spiced rum market with the launch of its new Cuban Spiced spirit drink.

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McClintock named World Class GB champion

Mark McClintock has been named Diageo World Class GB Bartender of the Year 2021.

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The best softs and mixers from the BBAs 2021

The Bartenders' Brand Awards, now in its fourth year, is CLASS’ annual product testing - by bartenders, for bartenders. Next up is the highly competitive softs and mixers category. The BBAs follows a three-step process to mirror buying behaviour, with each product blind-tasted, judged on value for money and finally by design. For more on the methodology behind the BBAs, read more here.

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The best ciders from the BBAs 2021

The Bartenders' Brand Awards, now in its fourth year, is CLASS’ annual product testing - by bartenders, for bartenders. It's cider's turn to go under the microscope - here's our top five. 

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The best tonic waters from the BBAs 2021

The Bartenders' Brand Awards, now in its fourth year, is CLASS’ annual product testing - by bartenders, for bartenders. Here we tackle the highly competitive world of tonic water. 

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Hospitality tops unemployment charts

The Office for National Statistics has revealed that hospitality businesses suffered the most jobs losses in the last year, accounting for 43% of the national total.

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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.