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Booze industry experts have issued a chilling warning that the British pint could hit £4 a pop - a price hike provoked by crap weather which has forced up the price of hops. According to a sobering Guardian report, the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) estimates the average jar at £2.50 for lager, and £2.20 for bitter. …

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Dead Vulture

Noooooooooooooooooooo

Sobs quietly into his last pint of reasonably priced beer

No coat/No door, I am making this one last awhile!

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Joke

Noooooo!!!!!!!

IT in the UK is doomed!!

As for "higher aluminium, cereal and crude oil (prices)" worryes me a little. What the hell are they putting in there beer.

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Well, i'll be ok

Round where i come from, a decent pint of the local brew will cost you around £1.80 or so, i can't see it hitting £4..ever

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Unhappy

Oh please God no!

If this happens, I'm switching to turps...

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Coat

Metric??

How many Euro is that per litre?

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Happy

So ????????

I long ago decided to remove myself from the system when it came to life's little pleasures. I quite happily brew my own beer (c 20/30p a pint), wine (c 2quid a bottle), and spirits (c 1.50 a litre).

Up yours gord !

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Best start panic buying then

Mine's four pints please, landlord.

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Anonymous Coward

Number of Pints and their content

I was only 4 at the time, but back in '79, didn't we shift mostly 3% ish beers,

now it's all 5.5 percenters (ok a nod toward "newer" low alc beers)

So are we shifting the same net amount of booze - i.e. no change?

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THE HORROR!!!

NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! my life is ruined, this means pubs are going to be empty, I also believe that every man woman and england will pay top dollar to find out who those doomongers are, what will life be like in britain now, just imagine the alcoholics that havent seen the light of day properly for 20years *shakes head* actually I'm not goin think about it.

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Paris Hilton

Admittedly serious, but...

This is shocking news, however it is no excuse for coining the word "doomonger", which simply does not exist*

Drinking more will increase demand, which may push prices down? I feel it is our duty.

* - in my lexicon.

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Coat

That explains...

...why their beers all taste like shite:

"The company has fingered higher aluminium, cereal and crude oil costs as the cause"

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News

Foster's is beer?

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Happy

Crude Oil Costs!

I know its fithy lager that is referred to, not real ale, but since when was crude oil used in brewing?

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Pirate

It's enough to drive you to drink

This sort of news is most unwelcome. It's like saying work to us members of the drinking classes. I almost choked on my pint.

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Pirate

Crude Oil?

"The company has fingered higher aluminium, cereal and crude oil costs as the cause, the Guardian explains"

There's crude oil in my beer???

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Unhappy

Well that's that then.

Best look the bottle of turps out the garage and start claiming disability allowance in accordance with new government directives!!

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Jobs Halo

And there was "light"...

but its actually pretty heavy =/

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comment title required - since when?!!!! :p

no surprise really... with the cost of petrol at over a quid at even the cheapest stations, we might as well get a butt raping with other essentials, im just waiting for the cost of air to go up..

why the hell would anyone want to live in this god awful hole!

please, one express ticket out of here!

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Sixty percent ???

Just how much of your average pint is hops? Sounds like an excuse for increased brewery profits to me.

(And why can't I post with "60% ???" as the title?)

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JP
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What goes into a pint?

"The company has fingered higher aluminium, cereal and crude oil costs as the cause."

How much crude oil does my pint contain?!?

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IT Angle

IT Angle???

And the IT angle here would be...ah, yeah, The BOFH of course, who will now be forced to supplement his income in more nefarious ways to pay for his "lunch".

Looking forward to this new plot twist...

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IT Angle

<<<< Look at the icon

As the icon says........where is the IT angle?

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To quote a well known Mark and Lard song...

If you tolerate this piss, then your bitter will be next!

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Anonymous Coward

Title

Given that hops are only a single ingredient in some beer, exactly how much have they rose to force a 60% rise in the final product ?!? Sounds like scaremongering (or maybe profiteering) to me.

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We'll have to work fast....

A pair of quadruple whiskies and another pair of pints........

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@Danny

OK smartarse. Where did you get a pint of reasonably-priced beer in the UK? Go on, tell us.

Still look at it this way. You'll be able to fly cattle-class to Prague, stay the weekend, get thoroughly wankered, fly back and still save money. The best part is that your flight will contribute to Global warming*, pushing up the price of beer in the UK and next time you do it, you'll save *even more money*.

Yippee!

The Bomber jacket with the Pilsner Urquell logo please.

*Unless, of course, it's nothing to do with Global warming at all and it's just making an appearance as the usual trendy cop-out, in which case this won't work. Boooo.

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Anonymous Coward

o well

looks like it's time to start smoking dope again.

However I mostly only drink bottles and cans at home with my mates, drinking out is already too expensive. £35 will get enough booze for 3 of you to get happily sloshed all weekend at home.

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Pirate

Could this see inflation spiral out of control?

With many a good deal being closed in the pub over a pint or ten and those pints being claimed back as expenses and those expenses claimed back from the client via increased costs, could we be seeing compound inflation (have I coined a new phrase?) on the way?

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Real price of hops

The quantity of hops per pint is very small. To brew 4 gallons at home, one would require around £3 worth of hops. This equates to approximately 10p of hops per pint. Even if the price of hops doubled, it would make little impact to what we spend at the bar, bearing in mind breweries are buying a little more than 100g at a time.

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Boffin

@John: Re metric

£4 per pint: That will be about €9.85 per litre, or €3.28 per 33cL glass

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Paris Hilton

sigh

"How much crude oil does my pint contain?!?"

none, however the heating of the mash probably uses oil in some way or other, delivery trucks all use fuel which is based on crude oil so the delivery costs go up (which has tobe taken into account in the price) etc etc.

aluminium - cans and the barrels. I assume at some point they make new barrels.

grain - too much is beimng diverted for biofuels, see the pasts protests in italy the other month over Durum wheat being too expensive.

to the "where's the it angle" brigade it's in bootnotes so really it should be "where's the paris hilton angle".

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Rob

Thank God for Magners.

I like my ale as much as the next man, but the good old Magners has been a fave for me lately. Hopefully the Apple Orchards we see in the luverly Irish ads are still ok ?

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sue
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and you drink this stuff?

"The company has fingered higher aluminium, cereal and crude oil costs as the cause."

Glad I don't drink....crude oil and Rice Krispies beer? bad enough, but think of the company bods having fingered your aluminium cans first!

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Alert

Let's find the UK's most expensive pint from a pub

I'll open with £4 for a pint of Staropramen at the Duke's Head in Putney.

I was literally gasting flabber.

Can anyone trump this? Criteria is a pint of normal bitter or lager (none of that fancy cherry flavoured stuff) and purchased from a pub, not a nightclub.

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On the other side of the pond

To get a good Irish or English pint over here already cost anywhere from $5.50 to $7.00 so this is not to much of a shock for us...your just catching up to the rest of the world. On the other hand if your over here you can always have domestic US beer...errr....

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Pirate

The IT Angle.

If no-one here sees the IT angle in this, I want to know where they work. Tis a sad day when the price of forgetting a hard days 'work' will get little change from £20.

To be honest for you, I feel sorry for the curry house.

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You've obviously never drunk in Chelsea

£4.40 for a pint of Peroni in the Waterside.

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Happy

@AnonCoward

Brewing your own starts to look like the way to go. Mind you. I live in Bavaria, where the 1/2l lager is still under 1€.

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Pirate

Greener/cheaper options

I think we need a campaign to promote the production of biobeers - they're cheaper (due to lower taxation) and better for the environment too (the exhaust fumes aren't as toxic, unless you combine it with a curry).

Can you drink LPG?

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Dead Vulture

Try living in Oslo!

Once again the universe takes it upon itself to dump on me from a great height.

I've been working in Oslo for the past nine months and finally come to terms with the £5 pint (plus or minus 50p say for local Ringnes chemical pish, gets up to around £7 or more for owt decent, especially down Aker Brygge).

I'm finally leaving this Friday to return to the UK, and was looking forward to getting change from a fiver for 2 pints. And then this!

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Anonymous Coward

the pubs already are empty

thanks to the smoking ban. they will be closing their doors quicker than local post offices soon.

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Ash
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Shandy? Half pints?

At least with these you won't find you've mistakenly identified a hot blonde lady with a 38DD chest, who is actually a 6'4" metal-head rocker with a 54" barrel chest.

Then again, if you're drinking halves or shandies that's probably your thing.

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Go

Not enough hops? Boo-hoo!

I'll be sticking with the Hoegaarden, Franziskaner, Schneider Weisse, Ayinger, Paulaner, Erdinger, Schoefferhoffer, Maisells Weisse, Etalon Weissbier and (to a lesser extent) Grolsch Weizen then -- nary a hop in sight, so hopefully no price hike! Hurray for wheat beer!

Not that the fuckers are particularly cheap to begin with though...

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I'm glad I live in Germany now...

Ok bottled beer (half litre, just under a pint) from the off-license: from 60 cents ('bout 40p).

Mid-range pub in the west (with table service), ca €3 (2 quid).

The german laws on beer purity means there's no aluminium, cereal or crude oil either ;-)

Sounds like the typical rip-off britain scenario - pay the highest prices for the lowest quality. I'm think sometimes that the europhobia in the British establishment is due to the fact, that if the majority of people in the UK were to compare their quality of life with their european neighbours, there'd be an instant uprising...

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Happy

Not all US beer is bad ...

"On the other hand if your over here you can always have domestic US beer...errr...."

Sam Adams Oktoberfest? Yum!

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Paris Hilton

@richard tobin

numbers as comment titles not allowed, for some reason...

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Stop

Not so fast

Sorry bluesxman, Erdinger uses hops (I just checked the label of the bottle I am drinking), and I suspect some of the others if not all of them use hops too...

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@Anonymous Coward

How does brewing your own save you? Its hops that are going up, and I presume you use these to brew your beer?

Also, I am fairly sure brewing your own spirits is illegal in the UK.

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Happy

Hmm, where's el Reg based again

Oh yeah, right in the West End. I was paying £3.50 for a pint in some pubs in central London six years ago so it's hardly a surprise. 5% lager has gone over £3 in most city pubs in the North now (the range in Leeds is downright bizarre sometimes: something like Carlsberg Export will be £2.60 in one pub and £3.05 in the next. It has something to do with the number of flashing lights I think). We'll keep on paying it though, don't you worry.

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@ Karim Bourouba

Brewing's permitted. Selling/distilling's not. Means you can only get up to 15% (if lucky) on your own wine.

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