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Forged Irish Stout gets itself a capital foothold in RIO Steakhouse

An alliance of Brazilian steak and Irish stout has arisen in Edinburgh, where the new RIO Steakhouse has become the first city venue to sell Conor McGregor’s Forged on draught.

Takamaka aims for UK expansion via Speciality Brands’ rum portfolio

Previously marketed in the UK by Highball Brands, Takamaka now joins a wider rum portfolio that includes brands such as Hampden, Black Tot, Clairin and Renegade.

German beer has more credibility than domestically made ‘world’ beers

Krombacher notched up 90 new permanent draught installs in 2023, while its Hell Lager, Unfiltered, Dark Lager and Weizen kegs saw combined volume growth of 37% against 2022.

Tomintoul Distillery launches two experimental Speyside expressions

The limited-edition releases are a 14-year-old finished in a Cognac cask and a 15-year-old finished in a Madeira cask, both carefully selected by Tomintoul’s master distiller Robert Fleming.

Break out your best tequila! It’s International Margarita Day!

If you are in Scotland, and truly determined to mark International Margarita Day, you could do worse than head inside to the curated bubble of Mexicana that is Glasgow’s El Santo bar restaurant.

Penderyn’s Giancarlo Bianchi comes north to join Holyrood Distillery

Holyrood launched its inaugural single malt whisky, Arrival, in October 2023. Its second release, Single Cask Release #147, launching in January of this year and sold out within hours. 

Tsingtao moves its UK licensing to LEC Beverages Group

Described as a ‘well-hopped standard pale lager’, the 4.7% ABV beer will continue to be produced in Qingdao, China. Tsingtao’s currently has a strong foothold in UK hospitality, particularly through Chinese restaurants.

Peacock Cider unveils its new plumage in a bid for wider market share

Available to pubs, bars and restaurants from the beginning of March, the modernised Peacock look further aligns the brand with the Kingfisher Drinks’ new focus on a wider premium portfolio.

A pinch of Italian magic adds an ultra-premium tang to Birra Moretti

While launching a salted lager may seem a rather off-the-wall direction for Heineken to take, UK on-trade director Will Rice expressed his delight at the product and predicted that it was ‘really going to come to life in the on-trade’.

Cobra Beer unveils top chefs Pang and Xuto as its new brand ambassadors

Founder of Cobra Beer, Lord Karan Bilimoria, said: “Cobra is renowned for being the perfect accompaniment for Asian cuisine, and as chefs renowned for their fantastic Asian cooking, Jeremy Pang and Marni Xuto are ideal partners for Cobra."

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