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Tony Pescatori to open new London bar

Tony Pescatori, previously of Nightjar, will open Alma in London this November.

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Brewdog Distilling Co launches vodka made from waste beer

Brewdog Distilling Co has announced the launch of a new portfolio of vodkas produced using beer that doesn’t meet the brewery’s standards for release.

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Scapegrace releases first whiskies

New Zealand’s Scapegrace has announced the release of its first whiskies, a limited-edition range of single malts.

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Eve Bar appoints new leadership team

Eve Bar, situated under the Michelin-starred Frog by Adam Handling in Covent Garden, has announced a new leadership team.

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Class to celebrate 25 years at LCW event today

Class will celebrate 25 years of the magazine at a drinks event at London Cocktail Week today.

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Jägermeister Meister Hunter 2022 finalists announced

Following six regional heats held throughout September, the 2022 Meister Hunter finalists have been selected.

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Think Rum line-up announced

Rum education day Think Rum is returning next month, after a hiatus during the pandemic.

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Giffard West Cup winner on ‘huge’ career step

Benoit Bouillard, winner of the Giffard West Cup 2022, says that the competition could make a “huge” difference to his career behind the bar.

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25 Year of CLASS exhibition opens at LCW

CLASS opens its showcase of 25 years of the magazine today at the Little Cocktail Village in Devonshire Square near Liverpool Street.

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Scarfes Bar bartender wins inaugural Cardrona Club Competition in New Zealand

Scarfes Bar’s Francesco Cercato has been crowned winner at the inaugural Cardona Club Competition in New Zealand which saw six of the UK’s best bartenders take on six of New Zealand’s best.

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Brown-Forman acquires Diplomático Rum

American drinks group Brown-Forman has announced that it has reached an agreement to purchase Diplomático Rum from Destillers United Group S. L., adding the family of brands to its portfolio and acquiring a production facility in Panama.

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Fred Sirieix named UK ambassador for G’Vine French gin

G’Vine gin, the French gin made with grapes, has announced Fred Sirieix as their first ever UK ambassador.

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The Dorchester to replace The Bar with James Bond concept

The Dorchester in London is to launch a new bar concept in December, Vesper Bar, honouring the hotel’s connections to James Bond.

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Diageo acquires cold brew coffee liqueur Mr Black

Diageo has announced its acquisition of Mr Black, the Australian cold brew coffee liqueur. 

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Shannon Tebay to open doors to Soho music and cocktail venue The Lower Third

Cocktail bar and music venue The Lower Third opens on Denmark Street in Soho tomorrow, with Shannon Tebay – formerly of The American Bar at The Savoy and Death & Co NYC – behind the drinks.

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Gosnells opens “London’s only meadery”

Billed as London’s only meadery, The Gosnells Mead Bar has launched in Bermondsey.

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Francesco Lombardi and Francesco Pittala on The Malt Lounge's new menu

The Malt Lounge at The Prince Akatoki London is back with a new Japanese-inspired menu, CLASS caught up with the hotel’s food and beverage manager Francesco Lombardi and bar manager Francesco Pittala ahead of the launch.

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Energy bills for UK businesses to be cut by half expected levels

The UK government has outlined a new support package which will see energy prices for UK businesses cut by around half of their predicted level this winter.

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Sign up to attend the Fernet-Branca Barback Games

The 4th UK edition of the Fernet-Branca Barback Games competition, celebrating some of the heroes of UK hospitality, returns this autumn.

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The Drinks Trust outlines Emergency Energy Crisis initiative

The Drinks Trust has announced the launch of a dedicated grant-giving campaign this winter to individuals in the hospitality industry facing fuel poverty and is calling on the industry for its support.

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Leo Robitschek on the launch of NoMad London’s Common Decency

On 28 September, NoMad London will launch Common Decency, the final subterranean piece to the hotel’s bar program. CLASS sat down with Leo Robitschek, vice president of food and beverage for Sydell Group which owns the NoMad hotel chain, ahead of the launch.

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Scarfes Bar’s Arturo Burzio wins UK elit Martini Masters

London’s Arturo Burzio, assistant head bartender at Scares Bar at The Rosewood, has been announced as elit Martini Masters cocktail competition global finalist.

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CLASS Autumn 2022 edition launches

Class Autumn edition, celebrating 25 years of the magazine, has now launched. 

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Brown-Forman buys Gin Mare

Jack Daniel’s owner Brown-Forman has confirmed the purchase of gin brand Gin Mare from Spanish premium drinks company, Vantguard.

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Irish Distillers to build €250m distillery

Irish Distillers has outlined a €250 million investment plan to build a new distillery in Midleton Co. Cork.

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Mia Kumari wins Amaro Montenegro UK final

Mia Kumari of The American Bar at The Savoy was announced the winner of the global bartender competition the Vero Bartender UK final. 

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Healthy Hospo offers free course to tackle bar business hardship

Healthy Hospo is offering a free course to help bar owners and operators navigate the challenges impacting hospitality this winter.

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Amaro Montenegro announces date of UK final

Amaro Montenegro has announced The Vero Bartender UK final will take place on September 5th, during which finalists from around the country will compete for the title of UK Vero Bartender. 

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Panda & Sons among winners of Naked Malt’s global bartender competition

Panda and Sons has been named as one of the winners of Naked Malt’s global bartending competition Live Naked Bar Swap.

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Q&A with The House of Suntory's DOJO Programme Masters

Class interviews two of the House of Suntory DOJO Masterclass Masters, starting with Kevin O’Duffy, Senior Tea Master from Urasenke Chado.