Stauning Whisky Announce ‘Drinks Kollektive’ International Cocktail Competition
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by Andy Ives
1M ago
Stauning Drinks Kollektive Entry Deadline: 4th May, 2024 Click to view full size Earlier this year BarLifeUK interviewed Ali Reynolds about his role as global ambassador and head of advocacy for Stauning Whisky. During that chat we got the impression that Stauning were planning to enter the cocktail competition scene in a big way, and sure enough, this week the Danish distiller unveiled the Stauning Drinks Kollektive, a huge international competition open to bartenders in the UK, Denmark, Germany, France, Australia, and parts of the USA. Stauning Drinks Kollektive Format and Prize To enter the ..read more
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Ingredient Foraging Guides and Resources
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by Andy Ives
1M ago
Don’t eat yellow snow. Especially in March, because it’s probably not snow. Most journalists mark the arrival of Spring with descriptions of birdsong, blossom and flowers bursting into beautiful life. Not so me. Spring, for me, arrives the first time I am woken up at three A.M by the unearthly howl of foxes shagging in the hedge behind my flat. “Not this shit again” I invariably say to myself, followed by “fucking foxes fucking”, which, I’m not ashamed to say, is a phrase I find quite funny. Suffice it to say, Spring is here, and wild things are growing all around us. Quite a lot of these thin ..read more
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Nc’nean Creations Returns With Root To Fruit Theme – Entries Open Now
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by Andy Ives
1M ago
Nc’nean Creations Entry Deadline: 30th April, 2024 We’ve been saying Nc’nean Creations is one of the best comps on the circuit for some time, and the fact it grows in scope each year would seem to bear this out. In 2023, Creations’ second year, Nc’nean added two extra UK heats to accommodate the rising number of bartenders wishing to compete, and this year European bartenders will join the action, with two heats being added to the tour, in France and Germany. Root To Fruit 2023 winner Matt Morrison (R) with Matt Hastings Creations also has a new theme for 2024, with Nc’nean encouraging bartend ..read more
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Brew // LDN Beer and Cider Festival Returns To London – Free Trade Sessions
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by Andy Ives
1M ago
Brew//LDN: 25th – 27th April 2024, Southbank, London SE1 Despite having an edgy, modern name that was obviously created by a branding agency to say ‘this isn’t the Great British Beer Festival, no socks and sandals here’, Brew//LDN sounds like quite a good craic. The festival has been around for a while, but this year the organisers have added some dedicated trade sessions, which is nice, and these sessions are free, which is even nicer. As is customary with such events, alongside the beer and cider from over sixty breweries, you will find street food and ‘top DJ’s (people twiddling knobs while ..read more
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Beesou Announce Spring In Bloom Competition & Sampling Hubs
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by Andy Ives
1M ago
Beesou Spring In Bloom Entry Deadline: March 31st, 2024 It may be February and a little chilly outside, but the buds and blossoms are waking up, which means that Spring, and cocktail competition season, will soon be with us. This brings us nicely to the first comp of 2024 to appear on BarLifeUK. It, like the year, is brand new, and we are very excited to be involved with this one because the liquid is delicious, a versatile modifier, and bound to inspire some first rate cocktails. We ran a story about Beesou a couple of weeks ago, in which we interviewed the brand’s co-founder, Mark Wakefield ..read more
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Tay Tay Yay Yay Fascists Nay Nay
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by Andy Ives
2M ago
This morning I received a press release about Taylor Swift-themed cocktails introduced by a chain of bars to celebrate Tay Tay’s recent record Grammy haul. Regular readers might expect this to trigger a sarcastic rant about celebrity-themed booze because I have form in that regard, but no. Not today, and not about this. I was delighted when this release leapt into my inbox like an enthusiastic, engaged, and scientifically literate young adult, because it gives me the chance to tackle something I care deeply about. But before I get to that, credit to the bar chain in question – you can try the ..read more
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National Sake Week To Launch This April
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by Andy Ives
2M ago
National Sake Week: 15th to 21st April, 2024. Samuel Boulton, who is in with a shot of being the industry’s most proactive category advocate, has announced the launch of the UK’s first National Sake Week, which will kick off in April this year. Described as a celebration of Japanese Sake and Shochu, National Sake Week seeks to engage and educate participants by way of tasting sessions and educational workshops that will deep-dive into the artistry that underpins the creation of sake and shochu. Or, as the press release puts it: “National Sake Week 2024 invites you to become part of a cultural ..read more
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Spirited Award Nominations Open, And I Have Poo Anxiety
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by Andy Ives
2M ago
People, in my experience, fall into one of two camps – Those who will read the statement ‘I have poo anxiety’ and know exactly what I’m on about, and those who will read it and say: “What the fuck is poo anxiety?” For the blessedly unaware, poo anxiety sufferers find the prospect of pooing (or pooping, for American readers) within earshot of another person extremely distressing, if not impossible (I shared a flat with someone for five years, and never once pooed while they were at home, for instance). Again, and absolutely wishing to labour the point because it will be important later, some pe ..read more
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Nc’nean Release Single Cask Edition With Creations Competition Winner Matt Morrison
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by Andy Ives
3M ago
288 bottles of the ex-Bourbon cask single malt become available on Burns Night 2024 Matt Hastings (L) and Matt Morrison Nc’nean Creations is one of our favourite comps, as it provides an opportunity to work with lovely liquids alongside equally lovely people, all underpinned by a theme of environmental care and stewardship. The prize is awesome too – the creation of a signature single barrel release, of which you get to keep a not insignificant amount. Last year, the Creations comp was won by Matt Morrison of Bertie’s Whisky Bar at the Fife Arms, and following what I am sure was a thorough and ..read more
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Beesou’s Delicious Mission To Save The Bees
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by Andy Ives
3M ago
“No damaging the environment, even if it means saying no or if it costs more” If we set aside the small matters of developing the Theory Of Relativity and mass-energy equivalence equation (E-mc²), Albert Einstein’s best-known contribution to our collective consciousness is a quote about honeybees: “If the bee disappeared off the face of the Earth, man would only have four years left to live.” It’s quite likely this quote is wrongly attributed and that Einstein never said it, but that doesn’t change the fact that we depend upon bees and other pollinators for about one third of the food we eat ..read more
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