Pubs entering Tier 3 slash price of a pint to sell as much beer as possible

Pubs are selling £1.75 pints in a bid to cash in before being shut down under Tier 3 lockdown restrictions.

Venues across Greater Manchester have been flogging their booze for a fraction of the usual prices today.

The rules will mean that any venues who don't serve 'substantial' meals will have to close their doors for the time being.

It's estimated that up to 2,000 businesses in our region will be impacted by the restrictions, the Manchester Evening News reports.

With no idea when they'll be able to open again, many bars in the area are now desperately trying to sell their beer before it has to be poured down the drain or left to go bad.

The legendary Swan Street pub Bar Fringe – a Belgian-inspired real ale bar – will be one of many that will have to close from tonight.

Across the road, The Smithfield Tavern is in a similar predicament.

The tap house for local brewery Blackjack is going to be closing for the foreseeable future tonight and will be selling all its cask beers on a 'pay as you feel' basis until last orders.

Adapting to yet more lockdown restrictions, the brewery itself is also launching a delivery service, selling cask beers in either five or 10-litre boxes, dropped to your doorstep.

"We have a lot of cask ale to save," they said.

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In the Northern Quarter, Port Street Beer House will also be forced to close under the new restrictions.

The popular bar has said it needs to 'get rid' of as much beer as possible before it's wasted and will be slashing prices in half, with cask from as little as £1.75 a pint.

The Campaign for Real Ale Chief executive Tom Stainer said: "Pubs in areas under Tier 2 restrictions felt like they had the worst of all worlds, with additional restrictions reducing trade further but without receiving additional support – so these new financial support packages, which CAMRA had called for, will be warmly welcomed by the beer and pubs sector.

“New funds for councils to issue grants for pubs and hospitality businesses, together with reducing the contributions businesses have to pay towards staff wages, will give pubs in areas with high and very high restrictions a much better chance of surviving. “We hope that the Government will now encourage all local councils to use the 5 per cent of additional discretionary funding available to make sure that breweries and cider makers receive grants and the financial support they need to cope with reduced trade.

“But we are not out of the woods yet. The Chancellor must look at a long-term package of financial support covering pubs and brewers in all tiers to help them cope with reduced trade and knocked consumer confidence from measures like the 10pm curfew.

"This would make sure we avoid permanent mass pub closures and keep our locals, which are at the heart of our communities, open and alive through the difficult weeks and months ahead.”

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