Two local breweries based in Cleobury Mortimer and Stoke Lacy have expressed their disappointment in the government announcement during the budget of a 10p a pint increase.
Hobson’s brewery based in Cleobury has been producing CAMRA award winning ale’s and bottled beers; enjoyed locally and now expanding further a field this hike announced by George Osbourne will no doubt have an unwanted impact.
Nick Davis, owner of Hobson’s Brewery eluded to how this budget was meant to be one to spark growth for the economy and fertilise British Manufacturing; in practical terms for brewers based here in Worcestershire and throughout the UK the reality is very different.
Vernon Amor, MD of Wye Valley Brewery based in Stoker Lacy, Herefordshire was slightly bemused by the nature of the announcement having heard Mr Osbourne initially state that there would be no additional rise in alcohol duty rate. Actually what he meant was that the beer duty escalator inherited from Labour would result in a 7.2% increase plus VAT.