'The £4 pint looms'

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Breweries are raising beer prices for the second time this year, leading to the £4 pint. The companies blame an 'unprecedented' rise in the price of...

Breweries are raising beer prices for the second time this year, leading to the £4 pint. The companies blame an 'unprecedented' rise in the price of energy and raw materials. Draught and bottled Stella Artois, Beck's and Tennent's lager, all owned by brewery InBev, will go up by about 3p a pint tomorrow (Monday), while in two weeks' time Carling and Grolsch drinkers will also see 3p added to a pint.Tetley's bitter will follow in the first week of October, while Marston's, the Wolverhampton-based brewery behind Pedigree bitter, is adding 10p to a pint. 'We have done everything possible to limit the price increase, but there have been unprecedented levels of increases in raw materials in recent months,' said Stephen Oliver, managing director of Marston's Beer Company. - Observer

More than 4000 people will toast New Year at Scotland's first open-air drink-free Hogmanay bash. Revellers at the party on the banks of Loch Lomond will not be allowed to bring or buy alcohol. Teetotal Provost Dennis Agnew said: "We think it will attract a lot of children and the elderly because it is in the afternoon at Balloch Park. "It is a great location and we are sure it will be a great success." SNP-controlled West Dunbartonshire Council have been criticised for splashing out £4000 on the party, to be held on the afternoon of December 31. - Glasgow Sunday Mail

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