Pubs face shortage of Brits' favourite beers amid the lorry driver crisis08/26/2021
PUBS face shortages of lagers amid the lorry driver crisis.
Drinkers have been warned they may not be able to get hold of their favourite tipples.
One in four pubs and restaurants have stock shortages, while supermarkets are also reporting “Christmas-like” demand for booze.
Punters are set to sink 60million pints over the bank holiday weekend.
But at the Globe Tavern in London’s Borough Market yesterday Amstel and Birra Moretti were off. However, Heineken sales director Stephen Watt said: “Pubs will not run dry — if your favourite pint isn’t available, there will be an alternative.”
And the boss of one chain reckoned: “Pubs are having a smaller selection but there is still plenty to go around.”
A lack of lorry drivers, warehouse staff and shop workers has already hit KFC, Greggs, McDonald’s, Costa and Nando’s.
Brewers are struggling to supply the on and off-trade, and recover used kegs.
The British Beer & Pub Association said: “If you are unable to get your first choice of beer, it’s a great opportunity to try something new!”
Meanwhile, an Office for National Statistics poll found 27 per cent of hospitality businesses reporting lower stock levels.
In the motor trade 25 per cent have been hit and one in seven in construction.
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