Average price of pint of bitter tops £3 a pint for first time, report shows

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The average price of a pint of bitter in pubs has topped £3 for the first time, a new report has revealed.

Data published by the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) showed the average price of a pint rose by 6p over the past year to £3.05, the biggest increase since 2014.

Lager prices increased even more, by 10p to £3.58, another record high.

Brigid Simmonds, chief executive of the BBPA, 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.”

* Brewers Young’s is offering a free pint in its pubs from Thursday to Sunday to mark its 186th birthday.

Cori Braham.

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