CAMRA men want weaker booze for fewer pence in pubs

5 August 2009

Bitterwallet understands that beer activists (whoever they are) are calling on the government to scrap duty on beer that is brewed with less than 2.8% alcohol. They say it would knock as much as 60p off the price of a pint, even though it would be slashing the alcohol content by almost half.

But does such a brew even exist? Apart of course from in certain supermarkets, where piss-weak own-brand lager and bitter can be had for about a pound for four cans, presumably for alcoholic taxi drivers and people who like never getting drunk and urinating a lot.

Camra say that 55% of people surveyed say that they would be prepared to try a weaker brew, although it is not known if they also stated that they would spit it straight into the nearest bucket seconds later.

Becks and Stella Artois have launched 4% versions of their stronger brother-boozes while Carling went nuts and brought out their abominable 2% C2 drink. None of them have stormed to the top of the liquor charts.

How about you lot? Would you sacrifice alcoholic strength in order to save a few pence? And if any of you say ‘yes’, we’ll see you in the car park, where you’ll no doubt nimbly dodge our drunken lurches before you deliver a killer knockout blow to our chins.

TOPICS:   Tax   Restaurants

14 comments

  • Mike e.
    I bet if this came in, most pubs would be forced to reduce the price of their beers as they seem to contain less alcohol than is advertised, tossers.
  • Craig
    I'm a CAMRA member, and I guess that this "55%" of people surveyed must be a bunch of fairys! I certainly wouldn't drink beer with less than 2.8% even if it was 60p a pint less!
  • fu m.
    meh, you can get a pint of green king ipa at wetherspoons for a quid, and that's 3.6%. no taste, i can't see the point.
  • chrisg.
    I'm a CAMRA member and they're talking complete crap here. Who wants 2.8% beer - what would be the point of it? If I wanted tasteless pointless beer, I'd go to America and drink their commercial brews.
  • Craig
    meh, you can get a pint of green king ipa at wetherspoons for a quid, and that’s 3.6%. no taste, i can’t see the point. You could, they've bumped the price up now. All real ales are £1.69 at Wetherspoons, still a quid less than most lagers from any other pub.
  • fu m.
    >All real ales are £1.69 at Wetherspoons really? I was in there drinking Ringwood Old Thumper last night at £2.10 a pint - same as it has always been.
  • Craig
    All real ales are £1.69 in my nearest wetherspoons (Colne) although it's only £1.19 a pint with my CAMRA vouchers!!
  • Martha F.
    vive la white shitening or frosty jacks, it gets you wankered @ 8%, ya piss ya pants pass out and hey presto another day begins begging for change to get wasted for breakfast Tramp fuel for the wasted wino, it's the cheaper future in these hard times. :)
  • Craig
    vive la white shitening or frosty jacks, it gets you wankered @ 8%, ya piss ya pants pass out and hey presto another day begins begging for change to get wasted for breakfast Tramp fuel for the wasted wino, it’s the cheaper future in these hard times. Now if they'd just start selling white shitening or jacks in wetherspoons......
  • Goodyuk
    A bit of confusion I think. Most pubs do less % beer. Shame they charge twice as much for it and call it shandy!!!
  • Brian
    I usually listen to Marvin Gaye and drink Holsten Pils (0.02%), hasn't done me any harm...and i can keep my pecker up for HOURS
  • Mr S.
    Students drink slightly weaker beer to save 60p already. It's called Carlsberg.
  • Rob
    Someone above has been drinking Ringwood Old thumper for "£2.10 a pint in a pub. Well done, its lovely. I live near Ringwood and no bugger seems to have it on tap, instead offering the ironicly named 'Ringwood Best bitter'
  • stop f.
    I love your point of view and seems like I'm not the only one.

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