NEWS & VIEWS – 3rd April 2023
Big tax changes for UK Hospitality were enacted on 1st April, which the British Beer and Pub Association calculates will mean that pubs need to increase turnover by 11% to break even, compared to before the changes. Sadly, it seems inevitable that this is going to drive a new wave of insolvencies and closures.
Craft Beer is in trouble in the USA, with a slew of data showing the sector contracting compared to other alcohol choices. Jeff Alworth has a great article about the last time this happened, in the mid-90’s, and tries to draw some lessons from the experience.
The Pub Curmudgeon has an interesting piece about the change to duty laws coming in August, which will make 3.4% abv an attractive strength to brew to, from a duty perspective.
If you doubt that such beers can be great, check out this week’s Podcast interview with Rivington, where Rob was stunned by their fabulous 3.6% Fall Out The Sky!
Finally, The Guardian updates us about the state of Trappist Breweries in Belgium, which are now down to just five total, as Achel was stripped of its status in January, with those remaining all struggling to maintain sufficient numbers of monks.