Flight Lieutenant Owen Valentine Burns An Appreciation

Flight Lieutenant Owen Valentine Burns An Appreciation

Owen Burns (OB) passed away on 30th June 2015, just 5 months short of his centenary, a party which he would certainly have enjoyed. The funeral at Mortlake Crematorium on 24th July was a full house with representatives from all the various strands of Owens long and...
The UKBG Supports The Drink Show Live

The UKBG Supports The Drink Show Live

Mixologists, distillers, taste-makers and wineries, with exciting features, will all come together in the great atmosphere of The Great Halls, Vinopolis, Borough Market, London Bridge, on Friday 8th & Saturday 9th of July. The Drink Show Live will be the chance...
10 things you should know about Martini

10 things you should know about Martini

1. MARTINI & ROSSI was founded in the 1863 in Torino in Piemonte in Italian, translates as ‘the foot of the mountain’. It is a land blessed with natural abundance. The rich, fertile soils of the foothills and plains at the base of the Alps produce a variety of...
COCKTAIL COMPETITIONS: SHOWTIME By Stefano Cossio

COCKTAIL COMPETITIONS: SHOWTIME By Stefano Cossio

What does it mean to be a bartender? To me it means dedication, sacrifice, and using all my skills and tricks in order to make your guests the stars of the show. But sometimes you get the chance to bask in glory under the spotlight yourself as a competitor in a...

Derek Sanders a drinks industry legend

I met Derek around 1962 when he represented Beefeater Gin and I was with White Horse Distillers. We were both friends of Charles Worz, General Manager of the Europa Hotel, Grosvenor Square who was given a retirement party in 1975 by Alan Fairbrass, Gen Manager of the...
Scotland vs Ireland Cocktail Competition

Scotland vs Ireland Cocktail Competition

After a lapse of a few years the movers and shakers from the North of Ireland and their opposite numbers from across the water in Scotland decided it was time to hit the cocktail trail again. The date was 10th-11th April and the venue the Crown Hotel in the beautiful...