Tuesday, August 10, 2010

It is feared that the typical price of a pint could rise to as much as £4

Beer prices to surge

The cost of living is already expected to rise significantly amid warnings that bread, gas bills and insurance are all becoming substantially more expensive. The price of a loaf of bread is set to increase by 10p to 129p, which would be a record, after Russia suffers from its hottest summer in a century, wiping out much of the worlds wheat harvest. There are also fears that rising prices on the wholesale energy market will push up gas prices for households, after a small supplier put up its prices by 23 per cent last week. Petrol prices are likely to carry on rising later this year and into 2011 because of higher taxes.

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15 thoughts on “It is feared that the typical price of a pint could rise to as much as £4

  • Hyperinflation, food shortges.

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  • ‘Petrol prices are likely to carry on rising later this year and into 2011 because of higher taxes.’

    The war on Iran may have more to do with that………..

    paul, how are food supplies looking like now. Remember our little chat.

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  • “The price of a loaf of bread is set to increase by 10p to 129p, which would be a record, after Russia suffers from its hottest summer in a century, wiping out much of the worlds wheat harvest.”

    What an idiotic journalist; Russia is the third largest wheat producer, how on earth could it the loss of its exports ‘wipe out much of the worlds wheat harvest’ ??

    Its a few percent of world production.

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  • Pubs are struggling to begin with and any such movement to £4.00 per pint will rapidly accelerate the closure programme – time to invest in a company producing home brew kits !

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  • Time to switch to cider!

    Not sure how badly pubs will be hit. A hundred years ago we were all poorer and had less disposable income (didn’t we?), yet pubs were thriving. The real competition these days is the variety of alternative entertainment – why spend £10 in a pub when you can spend £1 on Xbox time or watch free TV or chat to your mates on the internet or whatever else.

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  • I recall listening to some Scottish politicians complaining that alchohol is too cheap and hasn’t kept up with inflation over the last two decades so maybe a £4 pint isn’t really something to complain about too loudly. You can get beer at supermarkets for about the same price as mineral water.

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  • You can brew beer for under £2 a gallon. A rise in the cost of grain could take that up to, say, £2 a gallon.

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  • cat and canary says:

    £4 a pint?

    £4 a pint?

    it already costs that much in London, and these southern jessies don´t know how to brew it properly either!

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  • general congreve says:

    @2 – Because, whilst the internet, phone (if a woman) and xbox (actually PS3, xbox is scum) are all reasonably decent ways to pass the time, getting p1ssed with your mates is generally more fun.

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  • Cat and Canary….that is if you can find a “pub” in London and not an organic beer real food bar serving hand crafted chilli nut at three quid a bag full of idiots and their laptops or an overpriced Guy Richie toilet of a mockney boozer you wouldn’t want to go to anyway. Last time I went there I had to spend a days wages on a coffee, only it wasn’t a “coffee” of course, it was a decaf mocha lactateano or some such s#it.

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  • @C & C “£4 a pint? it already costs that much in London, and these southern jessies don´t know how to brew it properly either!”

    Whilst I think £4 a pint is outrageous, I can’t agree with the second part of your comment.

    There are some superb brews in the south including London whilst one of the worst beers in the country, Tetleys is brewed in Leeds.

    And that’s from a Yorkshireman!

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  • I seem to remember paying 4 Irish Punts for a pint of Guiness in Killarney around 20 years ago, probably equivalent to £3-60 GBP at the time. It brings things into proportion when you compare the price of a litre of petrol (with all the attendant problems involved in discovering/extracting/refining/transporting the stuff) with the price of a pint of beer. I feel taxes ought to be raised on supermarket alcohol and reduced on pub/bar alcohol to encourage more social drinking as opposed to drinking at home for whatever reason.

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  • Quiet guy @ 3, couldn’t agree more. Alcohol is ridiculously cheap and that is potentailly a social disaster.
    It’s ridiculous that over the years the goverments have not raised alcohol duty, choosing instead to increase taxes and duty on essential items like petrol.

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  • a saver it is not cheap go to the states, it is cheaper in france too, one thing you will notice worldwide anywhere where the laws are strict on age limits such as drinking have more social issues with drink… however in europe where the age is lower and it is common to have a drink with a meal when you are very young they have less drink related issues, look it up on web, i did see the stats somewhere.

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  • The cheap alcohol is the rubbish in the shops – awful cider, alcopops (what a disgusting idea they were). Good beer and wine is already pretty expensive. The trouble with home-brew is the same as home winemaking (not quite as bad though) – not a patch on the proper stuff.

    Now finding a pub that knows how to look after its ale is another proposition.

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