I’m selling Ireland’s cheapest pint of Guinness, the barman says, while fresh price hikes take prices to €8 in Dublin booze

A pub owner has vowed to keep the price of a pint under fiver despite increases in Guinness costs.

Alan Kelly, owner of The Thatch Bar in Tuam Co. Galway, is now set to sell Ireland’s cheapest pint – as some Dublin venues are set to push the price above €8.

1Alan Kelly outside his pub The Thatch Bar in Tuam Co Galway


1Alan Kelly outside his pub The Thatch Bar in Tuam Co GalwayCredit: Andy Newman

It comes after Diageo, the brewers of Ireland’s favorite drink, announced price increases earlier this month.

The drinks giant charges pubs an extra 12 cents a pint and forces restaurateurs to raise prices by up to 50 cents just to keep their profit margins.

Drinkers fear a Guinness could top €8 in some Dublin city center pubs popular with tourists.

But Galway innkeeper Alan says he’s keeping the pint plain under €5 despite the increases.

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Alan said: “Right now we’re €4.70 a pint but by the weekend we’ll probably be €4.90 because that’s how pubs work.

“It becomes difficult when the price exceeds a fiver. That’ll break your pocket twice.”

While insisting that Diageo’s price hike was not unexpected, he said it was another blow to the industry.

He said: “It was no surprise, the price of everything is going up. Diageo is like any other company.

“Our customers understand. But it’s the price of a pint that’s grabbing the headlines – everything has gone up, from vodka to whiskey to mixers.

“Every product has gone up or will go up. Current is probably the biggest. We’re doing what we can to control it, turning off lights where we can and closing doors.”

Alan, who opened his bar just six months before the Covid outbreak, admits it hasn’t been an easy ride for The Thatch.

He said: “I’ve been in the business for four years. We opened six months before the Covid outbreak so it wasn’t good timing. But we’re still standing.”

Earlier this week, a poll of 11 pubs by the Irish Sun found prices will rise by an average of 30 cents.

This varies from pub to pub, with some boozers raising prices by 50 cents while others make more moderate increases.

Heineken in December increased the price of its products by 17 cents a pint across all its products, including popular brands like Coors, Birra Moretti and Orchard Thieves.

The price increase for a pint of the black stuff comes on February 1st and comes before VAT is added.

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Diageo has claimed that “significant inflation in input costs at our operations” led to their recent increase.

They added: “We have borne these costs for as long as possible, but unfortunately we can no longer do so.”

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