The British Beer & Pub Association has today welcomed an announcement from Chancellor Sajid Javid that the Government will cut business rates for pubs. The new pubs relief will be introduced in April, with £1,000 being taken off the business rates bills of small pubs who qualify. Commenting on the announcement, Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: "Pubs are the heart of our communities, so this commitment to ease the burden of business rates is great news. "On business rates alone, pubs pay 2.8% of the business rates bill, despite accounting for just 0.5% of turnover. Reducing rates for pubs is an important step in the right direction. Such reliefs are vital until the fundamentally unfair system is overhauled. However, some large pubs, and those that are subject to state aid restrictions, will be unable to claim this relief. Once the UK leaves the EU, the Government should look at reform of the state aid rules. It is also important local authorities work to ensure that these reliefs are as simple to claim as possible. “Given that seven in ten alcoholic drinks sold in a pub are beer, the most direct way of helping all pubs is to cut beer duty.”
‘Dry January’ has traditionally been viewed as a quieter month for the beer and pub industry, with consumers abstaining from alcohol and reducing their visits to the pub. However, driven by health-conscious consumers, demand for a greater range and quality of low alcohol and no-alcohol beers in the UK is greater than ever before. In fact, as a category, ‘low and no alcohol beer’ has grown by 232% in just five years (2013 to 2018). During Dry January alone, the BBPA predicts that 4.8 million pints of low and no alcohol beer will be sold. Whether on draught or off the shelf, for the 4.2 million people participating in Dry January who still crave a refreshing beer, the BBPA has highlighted a small example of the rapidly growing range and variety of non-alcoholic lagers and ales to satisfy all tastes.  BBPA sales data  Prediction based on BBPA sales data  YouGov Poll, for more info see: https://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/foodanddrink/dry-january-2019-a4017926.html Some alcohol-free lagers and ales to see you through Dry January: Heineken 0.0, Alcohol Free Heineken 0.0 is made from natural ingredients, brewed twice and fermented with Heineken's unique yeast strain before the alcohol is gently removed. The finished beer is balanced, clean and refreshing with a fruity flavour and soft, malty notes. Peroni Libera, Alcohol Free Peroni Libera 0.0% delivers a crisp and refreshing taste, with a delicate fruity aroma. First brewed with exclusive Nostrano dell'Isola maize, with a dedicated yeast strain then added without producing alcohol. This gives Peroni Libera 0.0% its signature hoppy characteristics and smooth finish. Budweiser Prohibition Brew, Alcohol Free Brewed in the same way as regular Budweiser, Prohibition Brew is a medium-bodied, flavourful, crisp American-style alcohol-free lager with a golden colour, a subtle honey aroma and a trace of citrus, punctuated by notes of malt and noble hops. A perfectly balanced, full-flavoured lager with a crisp, clean, fast finish. St. Peters Without Elderberry & Raspberry, Alcohol Free An alcohol free beer with the sweet, tangy, and pleasant fruitiness of elderberries, and the lingering taste of raspberries. A full-bodied and well-balanced beer with a smooth, subtly sharp bitterness. Harviestoun Brewery Wheesht, Alcohol Free A dark ruby ale complimented with aromas of chocolate, biscuit and dried fruit. These characters carry to the palate with roasted, chocolate and sweet malt all shining through. A velvety smooth mouthfeel with a soft lingering bitterness. Innis & Gunn’s Innis & None, Alcohol Free Produced by Scottish Brewery Innis & Gunn, Innis & None is brewed, but not fermented! This process results in a bold, zesty and thirst-quenching pale ale with all the hops and flavour you want from a craft beer, just without the alcohol! Commenting on the growing range of non-alcoholic beer, Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, commented: “Those taking part in Dry January or reducing their drinking have plenty of alternatives from brewers and pubs to see them through the month. “The range and quality of non-alcoholic beers in the UK has never been better. Some are even available on tap in pubs, making them the perfect option for those doing Dry January who are thirsty for a pint. “It’s also important to remember that pubs are more than just places to drink. They now serve upwards of one billion meals a year, so anyone participating in Dry January can still enjoy a visit to their local for food and a non-alcoholic beer.” More non-alcoholic beers to try in Dry January: Cobra Zero, Alcohol Free Cobra Zero is an alcohol-free beer with the same smooth, rounded taste characteristics you'd expect from standard Cobra. Malty notes and cereal grains give it a yeasty, lasting flavour, combined with a prevalent hop presence. Carlsberg Nordic, Alcohol Free Nordic Golden Brew is an alcohol-free clear pilsner beer. The beer has a beautiful crystal clear and golden colour with a bubby foam. The taste is very well balanced and offers a nice body and easily quenches thirst, just like an ordinary pilsner. Beck’s Blue, Alcohol Free Beck's Blue is a light, crisp and refreshing non-alcoholic alternative to beer, with no compromise on taste. Golden in colour, it is a classic German-style pilsner lager with over 140 years of heritage. Low-alcohol lagers and ales for those looking to reduce their drinking: Adnam’s Ghost Ship, 0.5% Adnam’s Ghost Ship is brewed with pale ale, rye crystal and cara malts, using citra and a blend of other American hop varieties, to create hauntingly bold citrus flavours. The beer has a lemon and lime aroma that perfectly complements the aromatic tastes of spicy Thai and Indian foods. Low Alcohol Old Speckled Hen, 0.5% Crafted by the master brewer of ‘Old Speckled Hen’, this refreshing low alcohol beer is brewed with fine ingredients to deliver taste and aroma evocative of the nation’s favourite premium ale but at 0.5% ABV. Brooklyn Special Effects, 0.4% Special Effects gets its bready sweetness from a blend of pale caramel, and dark roasted Munich malts, and its surprising nose from dry-hopping with Mosaic, Citra and Amarillo hops - a technique rarely used in alcohol free brewing. It tastes just like a regular beer, but therein lies the special effect: it's not. Lucky Saint 0.5% Unfiltered Lager Lucky Saint is born of Bavarian spring water, pilsner malt, Hallertau hops and a single-use yeast. Featuring ‘biscuity’ malts, it has a smooth, citrus hop finish. Nirvana Hoppy Pale Ale, 0.5% A go-to beer for everyday drinking, this pale ale uses chinook and cascade hops to deliver refreshing, light citrus and floral aromas and a dry, bitter finish.
The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) has today responded to the Queen’s Speech in Parliament. Commenting on the Queen’s Speech, BBPA Chief Executive, Emma McClarkin said: “Pubs are the heart of our communities, so the commitment in the Queen’s Speech to a change in the business rates system is welcome. Three pubs a day close their doors for good due to the tax pressures they face. It is right that the Government is addressing the issue of business rates since pubs pay 2.8% of the total rates bill despite accounting for just 0.5% of turnover. Reducing rates for pubs is an important step in the right direction. Such reliefs are vital until the fundamentally unfair system is completely overhauled. “However, with 7 out of 10 drinks sold in a pub being beer, it remains the case that a freeze or cut in beer tax at the next budget is the most direct way of helping pubs stay viable, so we hope that the commitment to a review of alcohol duties encompasses this. It would also show that the Prime Minister is listening to the 230,000 supporters of the Long Live the Local campaign, which calls on the Government to cut beer tax to support local pubs and the communities they serve. It is imperative the new government recognises the strength of feeling on the matter. “We await the detail on the proposed points-based immigration system but pubs are facing a serious skills shortage and clearly need access to talent from abroad. It is vital then that any post-Brexit, points-based immigration system recognises this, which is why BBPA will continue to be the leading advocate of the need for such access to talent for our sector.”