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7th March 2024

Budget Comment from Hogs Back Brewery

Rupert Thompson, managing director of Surrey-based Hogs Back Brewery, said “The extension of the alcohol duty freeze to February 2025 is very welcome. A pint of beer in the local should be an affordable treat, not an expensive luxury.

“We’re pleased that the Chancellor acknowledged the enormous value of pubs to British society in his speech. Pubs provide the only route to market for draught beer, particularly cask ale. It’s something that they can uniquely offer to their customers, so are vital to us as a brewer.

“Without thriving pubs, cask’s future looks very bleak, which would be a tragedy for this uniquely British beer, the many drinkers who enjoy a pint of it in their local, and the thousands of people employed by local breweries.”

Contact: John Porter,

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