Oxfordshire-based brewer Brakspear is stepping up its campaign for an end to duty on low alcohol beers.
Having trialled a 2.5 per cent ABV cask ale earlier this year, the brewer has now launched a low strength bottled version of the beer and will be offering it to licensees in its tenanted estate at a duty free price to help highlight the issue.
It will have the same taste and flavour as the ground-breaking draught beer and includes the same message to government - "join Europe and introduce a no duty tax band for lower strength beers".
The bottled 2.5 will be sold to Brakspear tenanted pubs at a no duty price on a permanent basis to further drive home the message.
Brakspear originally introduced its draught 2.5 beer at Budget time in February, prompted by comments made by shadow chancellor Michael Portillo (pictured) at last year's Publican Conference. Mr Portillo said the Tories would support a duty exemption for low alcohol beers.
Brakspear presented a 3,000-strong petition to the Government to try and persuade the Chancellor, Labour's Gordon Brown, of the merits of the case.
Brakspear's managing director Jim Burrows said: "We still believe passionately in slashing duty on lower alcohol beers.
"Lower alcohol beer has a real part to play in bringing realistic benefits to the drink-drive argument as well as supporting rural pubs."