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'Undrinkable' beer fears: Punch confirms it will follow Enterprise's lead

By Emily Sutherland

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A HMRC concession means duty doesn't have to be paid on the sediment in cask conditioned beer
A HMRC concession means duty doesn't have to be paid on the sediment in cask conditioned beer

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Punch has confirmed it will follow Enterprise Inn’s lead and release information about the number of saleable pints in cask conditioned beers to its licensees.

A spokesperson said: “Following the concerns raised with us over the information provided to our publicans on sediment allowance, we have asked for the relevant information from all of our suppliers.

"We will be providing the detail of the level of liquid on which duty is paid, by cask product, to all of our publicans via the Buying Club site and for those not registered, via hard copy letter. We will then be happy to help with any questions.”

The move comes after licensee and former Punch tenant Chris Lindesay launched a heated campaign at the beginning of this year arguing not enough is being done to inform licensees how much drinkable beer is in a barrel, leading to confusion over missing profits.

Lindesay called on all brewers, wholesalers and pub companies to provide clearer information and provide the HMRC drinkable volume on price lists to ensure the message was passed down.

Enterprise announced last week that its licensees would be able to access information about the amount of drinkable sediment in its all its cask conditioned beers through its online publican channel.

Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs concession means that duty doesn’t need to paid on the undrinkable sediment in cask-conditioned beer, as long as customers of the brewer, including licensees, are made aware.

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