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Off-trade alcohol sales saw another spike in sales in week two of the UK's Covid-19 lockdown according to new data from Nielsen.

Google searches for drinks deliveries have increased by over 2,000% on an annual basis in Glasgow and Edinburgh during lockdown.

High-strength cider and perry has experienced the biggest decreases in stocking by retailers in Scotland since the introduction of minimum unit pricing two years ago.

Barefoot is introducing a wine seltzer brand to the UK.

Brewdog has released a limited edition beer inspired by the Dominic Cummings lockdown rule-breaking affair, just days after the prime minister’s aide made his televised press conference appearance.

Kylie Minogue has launched a wine brand, which is available in the UK via Tesco stores.

The Co-op, Brewgooder and Robinsons Brewery have joined forces to launch an exclusive brew which will help fund clean water development projects in Africa.

Marston’s has formed a joint venture with Carlsberg UK to create a brewing and distribution company.

Armit Wines has appointed Fraser Currie as its new head of off-trade.

Beer fans around the UK have spent an estimated £5 million on home delivery through Beer is Here since the start of the coronavirus lockdown.

Aldi has dropped the price of its best-selling Prosecco to under the £5 mark in time for the bank holiday weekend.

From this week, Waitrose will be offering its Wine Tasting at Home experience in a new virtual format for people to enjoy at home.

Jose Cuervo has teamed up with Lucky Liquor Co and Mothership and Mothership Scotland to create Keeping Faith With Paloma, a “lip-smackingly delicious and refreshing take on the classic”.

With hospitality venues closed and online beer tastings taking off during lockdown, this year’s Beer Day Britain on June 15 is set to go ahead as a virtual celebration.

The Drinks Trust has launched “significantly increased” wellness services, which aims to support those in the industry in need of help “through Covid-19 and beyond”.

Waitrose has reported sales of rosé wine have gone up, alongside outdoor and picnic items, in line with the gradual lifting of lockdown restrictions in England.

UKHospitality has unveiled secure guidelines for the sector, which it is proposing to Government to help the industry reopen.

Glasgow Distillery has today unveiled the third and final expression to complete its Signature Range.

The twelfth year of The Whisky Show, which will take place in London on October 2-4, will see a new development with the introduction of a virtual segment.

The Government has published the UK’s new tariff regime, which will replace the EU’s Common External Tariff on January 1, 2021, despite repeated calls from the Wine and Spirit Trade Association for it to reduce or drop tariffs on imported wines.

Majestic Wine and Deliveroo are expanding their delivery partnership to cover 80 UK sites across the UK, alongside an expanded range on offer.

The Wine Society is now open again to new members.

Taste Champagne London 2020 has been postponed to March 2021 due to the uncertainty caused by coronavirus.

Accolade Wines is rolling out a new lower alcohol range under the umbrella of its Echo Falls brand, alongside a new logo.

A number of English wine producers battled with frosty weather last week but while a few experienced some vine damage, many have reported that via the expertise of their “amazing” vineyard managers they have successfully managed to protect vines from any extensive damage.

Nyetimber has announced that it has started its pre-planned vineyard expansion by planting 195,000 vines covering 42 hectares at a new site in Kent.

A number of drinks industry tycoons have dropped down the Sunday Times Rich list this year due to a fall in their fortunes over the past 12 months, accelerated more recently by the challenges posed by Covid-19. 

Berkshire Botanical, the artisan spirits brand created by Johnny Neill, founder of Whitley Neill Gin and Mary-Le-Bone Gin, has launched a small-batch quintessentially British Dandelion & Burdock Gin and secured its first supermarket listing in Tesco.

Brought to market by Yattendon Distillery in West Berkshire, Berkshire Botanical Dandelion & Burdock Gin is copper pot distilled and then gently infused with delicious dandelion and burdock.
The first flavoured expression in the range, it features hints of vanilla, liquorice, honey and a little citrus and ginger spice. It is described as “pairing wonderfully well with lemonade or tonic water for a delightfully refreshing beverage”.

Like Berkshire Botanical’s Dry and Sloe Gins, as the first flavoured gin in the range, Dandelion & Burdock, takes its inspiration from the flora and fauna of Yattendon Estate’s land where both botanicals naturally thrive.

Berkshire Botanical Dry Gin and the new Dandelion & Burdock Gin are both 40.3% ABV with an RSP of £20 for a 50cl bottle, available from selected Tesco stores, from May 25 and The Drop Store.

Berkshire Botanical Dandelion & Burdock Gin is handcrafted in small batches in a copper still. ‘Harry’, the distillery’s handsome pot still resides in the stunning Royal Oak Public House in the heart of Yattendon village.
It is presented in a golden hued bottle finished with a label featuring a dashing badger character clad in country attire.

Johnny Neill, founder of the Berkshire Botanical spirits collection, said: “As people currently have more time to discover and experiment with different spirits at home, we’re delighted to be introducing our first flavoured gin expression and have it widely available alongside the Original Berkshire Botanical Dry Gin at Tesco and via The Drop Store.

John Crabbie & Co has released its latest expression in advance of World Whisky Day on May 16 - a single cask 1994 25-Year-Old Island Malt, with just 247 bottles available in the UK.

Distilled at the Tobermory Distillery, the Crabbie 1994 Island Single Malt has been matured for 25 years in an ex-sherry hogshead. Each bottle, priced £300 each, is non-chill filtered, naturally coloured and bottled at 46.2% ABV.

Designed to appeal to collectors, this elite expression is dark gold in colour, has rich notes of fruitcake, dark chocolate and warming spices and is presented in an elegant presentation box.

John Kennedy, head of sales for Scotland, said: “Crabbie 1994 Island Single Malt is one of our most carefully planned releases to date.
“We’d had cask samples from distilleries all across Scotland and it was a difficult choice, but this sherry cask from Tobermory was absolute stand out with its nose of sweet macerated dates, fruit cake, warming spice and its orange marmalade and rich dark chocolate finish. It will most certainly appeal to those who take their whisky seriously.

“We have already received much interest in this latest release from specialist spirits and whisky retailers and we’re sure enquiries will continue, especially as whisky is in the spotlight in the lead up to World Whisky Day.”