Beer shortage at UK pubs amid pingdemic

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Pubs have been closed since March (PA)
Pubs have been closed since March (PA)

Pubs across the UK have been running out of beer.

Breweries have been struggling to keep up with supply due to a shortage of lorry drivers and the “pingdemic”.

Recently the Old Black Horse in Mapperly, Nottinghamshire, warned there would be a shortage of Heineken and Birra Moretti.

The Fox and Hounds Pub in Clavering, Essex, announced on Monday it was one of the many pubs also struggling with shortages.

It said the issue had left its customers “rowdy”.

Their statement read: “As you may already be aware there is a well documented shortage of beer across the UK. As a venue we have been badly effected by this, with inconsistent beer deliveries for the past 8 weeks and no deliveries for the past 10 days.

“As a customer it is unlikely you would of noticed this due to our proactive management team hiring vehicles and completing 120 mile round trips acting as draymen to ensure the cellar is stocked, however unfortunately this Sunday we ran out of draft lager.”

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The lack of alcoholic beverages comes at a time when there is a shortage of lorry drivers on the road.

Based on a survey of its members, published in early August, the Road Haulage Association estimates there has been a shortage of 100,000 drivers in the UK.

Regional Representatives Coordinator for The Campaign for Pubs Alastair Kerr said the shortage was a result of lack of drivers and a “bit of the pingdemic”.

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Old Black Horse/Facebook (Old Black Horse/Facebook)

He told MailOnline: “This beer shortage is mainly affecting pubs that are owned by the big Pub Companies, which we hope that they will do everything in their power to help their tenants source alternative products, ideally from local breweries to keep their pubs going and open for business. The Campaign for Pubs is urging pubs, if possible to support their local breweries that this country can boast a huge amount of.”

Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association Emma McClarkin added: “The HGV driver shortage is being felt by our sector like so many others. Brewers and their logistics partners are working round the clock doing all they can to ensure deliveries.

“We are grateful for Government engagement with this issue to date, however, more is needed as a matter of urgency to address the driver shortage in the immediate term. Adding HGV drivers to the shortage occupation list would do much to help stabilise the current situation.”

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