Brakspear continues duty fight

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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...

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."

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