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Hamish Smith

Anna Sebastian on leaving Artesian and her new drinks role

Anna Sebastian has joined hard seltzer company Served as head of brand, following her departure from Artesian at the Langham last month, CLASS can exclusively reveal. 

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Debt arbitration set to follow lease forfeiture moratorium extension

The government is to extend the lease forfeiture moratorium, preventing landlords from evicting commercial tenants until March 2022, the treasury has confirmed. 

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New Ardgowan Distillery to make 1m litres of single malt

Ardgowan Distillery has announced work will begin this year on its new distillery following an £8.4 million equity investment.

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Ellie Goulding acquires stake in seltzer brand Served

Singer and songwriter Ellie Goulding has acquired a “significant stake” in the British hard seltzer brand Served.

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A quarter of Britain's licensed premises still to reopen

One in four (23.7%) of Britain’s restaurants, pubs, bars and other licensed premises have yet to reopen despite the return of inside service, new research from CGA and AlixPartners reveals.

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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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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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The reopening and recovery of England's bar industry

It’s been six long months since we last saw bars open indoors in England. Hamish Smith looks back – and forward.

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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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Lyndon 3 Pandemic 0

Hamish Smith talks to Lyndon Higginson about launching hospitality venues in the most inhospitable of climates. 

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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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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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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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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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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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Schofield’s Bar: the exclusive story of 2021’s biggest opening

Schofield’s Bar – the long and globally anticipated debut venue of bartender brothers Joe and Daniel Schofield - will open for service on Wednesday 14 April.

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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.