The tantalising beverages shaking up the drinks industry in 2021

Food & Drink Heroes 2021 - Ones To Watch -  Alcoholic Drink

Charlie Markland

Bodega Bay

The Aha! moment came to Charlie while chatting in the water with local surfers during a sunset in Bodega Bay on the coast of California. Charlie’s board became his boardroom, and it was from here that he launched a business with a mission to create hard seltzers for other healthy hedonists.

James Grundy & Felix James

Small Beer

James and Felix are reinvigorating a lost tradition for the people who do it all. Those who seek quality ingredients and conversation, who challenge the existing and embrace innovation. They have built a bespoke brewing kit dedicated to the production of lower alcohol beer up to 2.8% ABV – the world’s first dedicated small beer brewery!

Danielle Bekker

Binary Botanical

As experienced members of the brewing fraternity, the inspiration for Binary came from a shared frustration of wanting a moderate alcoholic beverage – yet not enjoying the traditional bitter taste of beer. Binary are unapologetic about their slightly geeky approach to the technical aspects of their product and apply exceptional quality standards with complete adherence to the more complex recipe.

David de Rothschild & Thor Björgólfsson

The Lost Explorer Mexcal

Honoring the sacred vow between humankind and the maguey, The Lost Explorer Mezcal is committed to the sustainable production of high-quality handcrafted mezcal in a manner that benefits the local mezcal-producing community in Oaxaca and protects the land’s biodiversity, with the long-term mission of becoming the most sustainable mezcal brand in the world.

Ed Calvert

Crafty Nectar

Crafty Nectar has been created to connect people with ciders that are made in the traditional way: no concentrates, artificial flavourings and gluten free. Every cider is sourced directly from small independent producers - Ed wants to give them a chance to shine, and for their products to get into the hands of the people that will truly appreciate them.

Ellie Bradshaw

Wild Life Botanicals

Wild Life Botanicals is a pioneering sparkling wine that is set to raise the bar by introducing the exciting new concept of #BubblesWithBenefits. Ultra-low in alcohol yet ultra-high in goodness, this unique English bubbly crafted in Cornwall, is infused with an uplifting elixir of vitamins, minerals and botanicals each chosen for their health-giving properties.

Eric Sampers, Ade Chong, Angel Garcia Recuero & Michael Scantlebury

Illogical Drinks

Mary is a responsibly sourced botanical blend, with a dash of alcohol. It was specifically designed to have a lighter touch on your body, mind and the world. It has a deliciously fresh, sophisticatedly dry taste that goes perfectly with tonic.

Felix Nash

The Fine Cider Company

A cider merchant: specialising in the finest small batch ciders & perries, delivering direct to the public all across the country, and supplying the nations best restaurants; from Michelin starred & the World’s 50 best, to wonderful local restaurants.

Francesca & Fabio Bruni

Two Brooks

Founded by siblings Francesca and Fabio, Two Brooks is a newly established London-based independent alcohol brand. As passionate fans of sparkling water, the duo set out to create a business around a product they love. Bubbling with quality, Two Brooks offers a range of alcoholic sparkling waters that are produced in Britain and made with 100% natural ingredients.

Hannah Rhodes

Hiver Beer

Hiver was born out of an admiration for London’s urban beekeepers and a passion for craft beer.

They use only British ingredients and suppliers and ferment with raw honeys to produce their range, which offers a great interpretation of this fantastic beer style.

Hollie Freestone & George Brooker

Duck & Crutch

Duck & Crutch are a self-taught distiller, a talented designer and a sausage dog. Producing and curating alcohol products to quash the alarmingly-increasing issue of bad alcohol gifting. Founded in their garden shed in Kensington.

Mark Woollard & Tom Landers

Hun Wines

Tired of bottled wine and canned beers taking all the glory, a group of East London HUN’s set out to shake things up. Hun Wines sourced premium quality wine from South Africa and canned it to create the UK’s first Fairtrade wine in a can, that’s fully recyclable and vegan friendly. ’Cos wine not?

Alex Wolpert

East London Liquor Company

East London Liquor Company has always stood against expensive mediocrity. Everyone should have decent booze for decent prices from decent people. It sounds radical, but it shouldn’t. They currently distribute their award-winning spirits throughout the UK and internationally to over 20 markets.

James Mark

Jim and Tonic

James believes it’s about time quality spirits and sustainability went hand in hand. That’s why Jim and Tonic are ushering into the Roaring 2020’s with a new breed of gin fit for the times. Their team pioneer methods to reduce waste, reuse resources and regenerate London surroundings. They’re revolutionising what it means to be located within the Big Smoke.

Samuel Williams, Samuel Adewale, & Dion Polius

Las Olas Rum Club

It is Las Olas’s mission to bring rum to the forefront of people’s minds, and make it more of an obvious drink of choice to be savoured, rather than something to be hidden away and disguised within cocktail blends. That is why they created something which can be enjoyed alone, on the rocks, or added to your favourite cocktails to add an additional dimension of flavour.

Natasha & Jack Durling

Lockdown Liquor & Co

Launched in April 2020 by Natasha & Jack Durling, Lockdown Liquor is a premium blended cocktail company. Their mixes are crafted by expert mixologists using the best quality ingredients resulting in unique and great tasting blends, they never compromise flavour.

Paul & Jacine Rutasikwa

Matugga Rum

Using the finest ingredients from the easterly region of Africa, their artisan spirits are carefully crafted in Scotland through small-batch copper pot distillation. Paul and Jacine’s proud heritage, combined with playful innovation, allows them to capture the most adventurous and unique flavours of Africa.

Rupert Waites & Tom Chisholm

Buck & Birch

Creative duo Rupert and Tom have spent their lives immersed in the landscape, scouring land and sea for the very best ingredients. The Buck & Birch is their opportunity to step out of the hedgerow and into the kitchen, sharing their findings, drinks, food and knowledge with the world.

Russell Bisset

Northern Monk

Inspired by their northern surroundings and the history of monastic brewing practiced across the region for thousands of years, Northern Monk commit themselves to creating the highest quality beers, combing the best of traditional monastic brewing values with a progressive approach to ingredients and techniques.

Sally Wynter

Muhu Spirits

The idea to start a line of CBD infused spirits, each offering something extra to the drinking experience, came about. And what’s more, they decided to ditch the stuff you don’t actually want in your gin such as sugar, artificial colourings and sweeteners. And so MUHU was born! Proudly British, but inspired by flavours and ingredients from across the world - the perfect fusion.