Beer prices are skyrocketing as pubs charge drinkers upwards of £7 for a pint


Beer drinkers will be bitter as the rise in drink prices will be anything but mild, with some boozers across the country already charging upwards of £7 for a single pint

Beer drinkers face higher costs when going out for a pint
Beer drinkers face higher costs when going out for a pint

Time to drown your sorrows if you can afford it. The 7 pound pint might be going to a pub near you.

Beer drinkers are already bitter at pub pint prices, which have skyrocketed by as much as 50p in the past month alone. But it can get worse.

That’s the biggest rise in five years, and bosses blame it on a 30-year high in inflation, rising energy and transportation costs, and higher wages.

Some fear this will be another nail in the coffin for UK pubs, which were already in business before lockdown.

Today the Big Smoke Taphouse and Kitchen at Heathrow was selling Medicine Man IPA for the equivalent of £8.30 a pint. Amstel lager at Manchester Airport was £7. In south London, a pint of Neck Oil IPA is £6.65 at the Bunch of Grapes pub in Borough Market.

Enjoy it while it’s there


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While the Dion Bar near St Paul’s Cathedral charged £6.50 for a pint of Gamma Ray.

Campaign for Pubs chief Greg Mulholland said the “extraordinary” prices could discourage beer fans from going to the pub.

He said the innkeepers weren’t making any money because “the energy bills for pubs that don’t have support or restrictions are appalling.

Drinkers get in foam


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Big pub companies set their own rates for renters. I have seen cases of 30p, 40p or 50p more for a pint.”

On average, a pint costs £4.07 in the UK and £4.84 in the capital. But London magazine Time Out warned that “the seven-pounder is slowly emerging”.

And the Campaign for Real Ale fears the national average will soon be £5.

Beverage bosses say a return of sales tax to pre-pandemic 20% levels could be fatal for many businesses.

Emma McClarkin, of the British Beer and Pub Association, said: “Pubs need to find ways to ensure their profitability and keep their doors open as the cost of doing business in 2022 is fundamentally different than it was in 2019.”

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