Our Award Sponsors

Gordon & MacPhail

Gordon & MacPhail is an award-winning UK specialist wholesaler with over 120 years of experience. For six decades, the focus has always been quality. Four generations of the Urquhart family, owners of Gordon & MacPhail, have continued the tradition of maturing the finest and rarest whiskies by nurturing relationships with distillers across Scotland.

The Gordon & MacPhail warehouse is filled with over 2,500 products of the highest quality. These include premium, luxury and limited-edition offerings, including over 150 premium gin products.

The company prides itself on flexible ordering, with mixed cases available at no additional cost. It offers a wide range of services, including category management advice, tutored tastings and one on one staff training.

Gordon & MacPhail is proud to be the exclusive UK distributors of award winning, category leading brands. Included amongst these are: Benromach, Loch Lomond, Inchmoan, Inchmurrin, Glen Scotia, Blanton’s Bourbon, Paul John Indian Whisky, Bladnoch, Armorik Breton French Single Malts and Blends, Gordon Castle Gin, Highland Queen Blends, Jean Fillioux Premium Cognacs, and Tullibardine.

Hotel Scotland

Hotel Scotland is a new publication from the publishers of on-trade magazine DRAM. Published monthly, the new magazine will focus on the people and hotels that make up Scotland’s vibrant hospitality industry.

Hotel Scotland will aim to provide comprehensive, up-to-date information on trends that allow forward-thinking hoteliers to take advantage of market forces to move ahead.

The publication will carry interviews with Scotland’s top hoteliers, market information and will also focus on hotels that have been re-designed or refurbished.


Kopparberg is proud to be supporting the Scottish Bar & Pub Awards this year. Our pubs play a vital role in the industry and are the driving force of communities.

Kopparberg is the number one packaged cider brand in the On Trade with 36% of total packaged volume (CGA, Total GB, MAT TY, data to 31.12.2017) and is proud to be sponsoring the Best New Bar.

Scotland is the heartland for brands and many success stories initiate here, Kopparberg is hugely successful in Scotland and has remained an independently owned brewery with all products brewed in Sweden and imported into the UK.

William Grant & Sons

At William Grant & Sons, one of our core values is to think long-term. The Bar Apprentice of the Year Award provides an opportunity unlike any other to invest in the long-term future of the on-trade through mentoring the next generation of bar staff.

Led by industry experts, our aim for this year’s course is to provide participants with the skills and knowledge required to further their careers in hospitality. Through this programme, we will bring the candidates to our spiritual home in Speyside, where we will introduce them to our award-winning single malt whiskies; Glenfiddich and The Balvenie.

Other headline brands will be Hendrick’s Gin, Piper-Heidsieck Champagne, Sailor Jerry, Woods Navy Rum and OVD, with support from our wider portfolio of spirits & liqueurs.

We will deliver brand and category training alongside insights on cocktail culture, what makes great front of house service, and habits of the world’s best bars and bartenders. The programme will culminate in a cocktail challenge, where our Apprentices can work with our brands to demonstrate everything they have learned.

William Grant & Sons are delighted to once again collaborate with DRAM Magazine on this award, and I look forward to meeting the 2018 candidates and delivering them a fresh and exciting programme.