In Brief

09 July, 2010

Beer Academy coursesOne-day foundation courses are being held by the Beer Academy over the coming months. There will be sessions at the White Horse in Parsons Green, west London, on July 31 and September 18, both with 12 places available from 9.30am to 4.30pm. A course will be held at the Beer Academy headquarters in London’s Mayfair on August 17 at the same times, with 10 places available. The fee is £120 plus VAT per person in each case. For more details visit

Art of ciderKopparberg cider has joined up with Vice magazine in a search for undiscovered talent in the worlds of photography, fashion, film and music. There will be Kopparberg Klash events held for each category at venues in London’s Shoreditch in July and August, culminating in a grand final on September 1. Davin Nugent, managing director of supplier Cider of Sweden, said: “Kopparberg’s success in the UK is due to it being discovered by people and it’s this that lies at the heart of our new advertising and marketing campaign.” ?Burnley store’s licence revokedA Burnley off-licence has had its licence revoked after being caught selling alcohol to a minor following a previous suspension. The Happy Shopper, in the town’s Briercliffe Road, previously had its licence suspended for four weeks in July 2009, but failed test purchases last October and in April of this year.

BBPA report wins accoladeThe British Beer & Pub Association has won the award for Best Annual Report at the Trade Association Forum Best Practice Awards. BBPA chief executive Brigid Simmonds thanked member companies “for all the help they provided, with case studies that brought to life the impact of the policy, campaigning and research work we do”.

Counterfeit goods seizedTrading Standards officers seized 19 bottles of counterfeit whisky and vodka from shops in the London suburb of Harrow – along with stocks of fake condoms. The seizures were part of a week of action by the council on counterfeit merchandise.

£1,500 fine for Rochdale shopA Rochdale retailer has been fined £1,500 after licence breaches including failure to use CCTV and not displaying Challenge 21 posters. Tariq Mahmood, owner of Taz’s Off-licence in Bridge Street in the town, was also ordered to pay £50 costs.

Lapsley is Hardys’ winemaker In the June 25 issue of OLN we incorrectly said that Paul Lapsley is the chief winemaker for Jacob’s Creek. He is, in fact, Hardys chief winemaker.

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All across England and Wales, vineyards are being harvested. Down winding country lanes come armies of welly-wearing conscripts wielding secateurs and buckets, ready to reap the rewards of our vines. Happily they come, their cheeks ruddy with pride. Half an hour later they’re crawling over muddy clods with lacerated hands, drenched in claggy juice and cold sweat, as if ploughing through an endurance race.

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