Pint of bitter tops £3 for the first time

By Nikkie Sutton

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Price of bitter more than £3

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The average price of a pint of bitter in British pubs has broken the £3 barrier for the first time, rising by 6p in 12 months to £3.05.

The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has released its Annual Statistical Handbook 2017​, which stated bitter’s price uptick was the highest since 2014

The price of a pint of lager rose even more by 10p, from £3.48 to £3.58 in 2017.

However, despite the rise, beer is still the tipple of choice for drinkers, accounting for more than half (54.3%) of alcohol sales in the on-trade last year, down slightly from 55% in 2015.

Beer duty

The handbook also showed that UK beer duty is 60% higher than it was in 2000 and among the highest in the EU.

The number of breweries has also seen a huge rise to 2,250 in 2016. This is the first time this figures has topped 2,000. In the 16 years to 2016, there was a massive increase of 1,750 in the total number of UK breweries.

BBPA chief executive Brigid Simmonds said pressures on the trade were still a worry but, there was still room for growth.

Cause for concern

She said: “Our latest stats handbook shows that the taxes on UK beer are still a huge cause for concern and we cannot afford another beer duty hike in the November Budget, if we are to keep a pint in the pub affordable for British beer drinkers.

“However, a wealth of other data shows that with the right policies, the beer and pub industry, which supports 900,000 jobs, can continue to help grow the economy, creating new jobs and more opportunities for the people who work in our sector.”

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