Feeling Bitter? Wetherspoons cans German beers & Champagne pre-Brexit

Lloyd Doyle
June 14, 2018

Instead of French champagnes, from 9 July punters at the chain's 880 pubs will be quaffing sparkling wine grown on the Denbies wine estate in Surrey.

The pubs will also serve wheat beers from the United Kingdom and USA - Blue Moon Belgian White, Thornbridge Versa Weisse Beer and SA Brains Atlantic White.

It will continue to serve Kopparberg cider from Sweden, after the firm confirmed that it will be producing its cider in the United Kingdom post-Brexit.

However, it does plan to phase out its German wheat beers, replacing them with home-grown brews.

Spoons chairman Tim Martin - a strong Brexit supporter - said: "This move helps us to broaden our horizons so we create an improved offer for the two million customers who visit our pubs each week".

Martin is skewing his pubs' ordering of drinks away from European Union sources, because it's cheaper to buy them from outside the European Union and British beers and wines can be purchased without paying the tariffs imposed by the EU's "protectionist system".

"Tariffs are imposed on wine from Australia, New Zealand and the USA, and on more than 12,000 other products".

'However, we are starting to make the transition to non-EU trade now'.

Wetherspoon's will continue to serve Kopparberg cider from Sweden.

Mr Martin hinted that post-Brexit Wetherspoon's drinks may be cheaper.

Martin said the chain is likely to make further investment in non-EU products once the United Kingdom reaches its Brexit cut-off date on 29 March, but European beers, wines and spirits won't disappear from the menu altogether, or at least not yet.

Wetherspoon has four pubs in suburban Dublin and one in Cork. A "no-deal" alternative would leave the United Kingdom much better off than it is today'.

He added: "I think it's a good idea though to look around the world as we've done with the still wine and it'll work pretty well, especially when we leave the customs union which is a very important point for the British public". He said each of the 650 parliamentary constituencies would receive around £60million.

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