A waiter wearing a mask or covering his face due to the Covid-19 pandemic, pours a liter of Camden Pale Ale inside a pub in Mayfair, London on November 3, 2020.
DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS | AFP | beautiful images
LONDON – Many Britons went out to enjoy their last trip to a pub for at least a month on Wednesday, with some offering discounted beer bottles before the second door lock starts .
Pubs across the country have cut draft beer prices before locking starts at 00:01am local time on November 5th. Some offer pints for as low as 95 or 99 pence (1, 28 dollars) in an attempt to remove their inventory instead of dumping it down the drain, literally.
Wetherspoons, the UK’s largest national pub chain and already famous for its cheap drink menu, is among those offering 99 pence liqueurs in an attempt to avoid pre-lock wastage – which This is forcing pubs, restaurants, entertainment centers and gyms in the UK to be closed for a month.
A pub offering up to 50% off alcoholic drinks for drinkers in Soho, London, before Britain’s shutdown on Thursday.
Yui Mok / PA images via Getty Images
The deal applies only to barrel beer, not beer, cider or retainable wine, Wetherspoons spokesman Eddie Gershon told CNBC Wednesday.
“Air-conditioned beer in kegs won’t last long, so any beer that doesn’t sell by the time the pubs closes will have to be thrown out, simply. And the logic is we should sell. it’s better than throwing it away, ”he said.
The British Beer and Pub Association, a trade association representing UK brewers and pubs (and has more than 47,000 pubs in the country), in May estimated that during the lockdown first in the UK in March, up to 70 million bottles of British beer will be destroyed due to the closure.
The association described it at the time as “heartbreaking to see so much British beer, brewed with supreme skill and care, poured out instead of being savored at pubs across the UK. “
Laura Martindale, manager of The Rocket public house in Whiston, dumped the spoiled beer that had run out after the pub was ranked third and now faces a four-week lockout before the national lock in the UK from Thursday
Peter Byrne / PA images via Getty Images
Several brewers have found other ways to use beer including feed for anaerobic digestion equipment to create organic fertilizers for agriculture, the association noted, as well as recycled beer. used as animal feed.
The second shutdown will last until December 2, depending on how effective it is to lower the country’s coronavirus infection rate. The UK currently has the third highest number of infections in Europe after France and Spain, with just over 1 million reported cases of Covid-19, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. On October 31st, UK government data showed that the average number of cases over seven days was 22, 329.
When infections started to increase in September, pubs, bars and restaurants were forced to close by the government at 10 p.m. and table service became mandatory.
The British Beer and Pub Association are among the industry groups calling for more government support, including demanding hotel tax cuts, job support and business subsidies.
It has warned that nearly a quarter of hotel and pub industry members believe they can stop their business before the end of the year without government help.
Stonegate Pub Company owns more than 700 pubs and bars nationwide in the UK and they also announced the sale of all three-day barrels of beer earlier this week, for 95 pence across its locations. me.
CEO Helen Charlesworth criticized the government over the UK lockdown, issuing a statement that “once again, the hospitality industry is required to bear the financial burden of other regulations in response to Government with Covid-19. “
“With the brief announcement, this 95p pint sale is meant to ensure product waste is minimized throughout our campus.”
A sign outside a pub reads ‘It’s never too late to visit the last bar before locking the door’ on November 4, 2020 in London, UK. Non-essential businesses, including pubs and restaurants, will be forced to close from Thursday, November 5, following a new national shutdown in the UK.
Peter Summers / Getty Images