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Wetherspoon Pubs Experiencing Beer Shortages Amid Carling Drought

Tom Wood

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Wetherspoon Pubs Experiencing Beer Shortages Amid Carling Drought

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Bad news, folks - Wetherspoon pubs are currently experiencing beer shortages, with Carling supplies particularly badly affected.

The problem, at least in part, is to do with Brexit. That's quite ironic given how ardently Wetherspoon owner Tim Martin campaigned for the UK to leave the European Union.

Anyway, one Wetherspoon premises recently put up a sign for drinkers, telling them that due to a shortage of delivery drivers and strikes, they'd run completely out of Bud Light, Carling and Coors.

Of course, this isn't a massive disaster, because there are many other alternative drinks on offer at any of the hundreds of Wetherspoon locations around Britain, but it's certainly worthy of remark.

A Twitter user shared the photo from the pub that read: "We regret to inform you that we are out of stock of Carling, Coors and Bud Light.

"Due to supply issues regards to lack of lorry drivers and strike action which are out of our control."

Of course, those who are perhaps not the most in favour of Brexit have been quick to poke a friendly bit of fun at Martin, who was one of the loudest business voices in the debate at the time of the referendum.

While that's all well and good, it's also worth remember that there are other factors, such as the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, that have contributed.

However, there's no doubt that post-Brexit rules regarding international trade have contributed to the shortages, as well as the departure of many European and international workers causing staff shortages at various points in the supply chain.

Without staff, and - in this case - delivery drivers, the industry slows down, and pubs cannot meet their clientele's ever-expanding Carling consumption levels.

Wetherspoon owner Tim Martin. Credit: PA
Wetherspoon owner Tim Martin. Credit: PA

A spokesperson from Wetherspoon told The Mirror: "We are experiencing some supply problems with both Carling and Coors, which means that some pubs do not have the products available.

"We apologise to our customers for any inconvenience caused. We know that the brewers are trying to resolve the issue."

The companies that provide the beer, such as Heineken and Molson Coors, have blamed a variety of factors for the shortages, with Heineken stating that strike action at a logistics partner is causing the drought.

However, they did say that the 'pubs won't run dry', so that's OK.

Meanwhile, Molson Coors has said that the national shortage of lorry drivers - an estimated 100,000 less than necessary - is causing its problems.

Bottles of Carling it is, then? Credit: PA
Bottles of Carling it is, then? Credit: PA

The Wetherspoon spokesperson added: "As a result of a shortage of deliveries of Heineken, some other products ran out in some locations - for example Carling and Coors lagers.

"We understand that the industrial action we refer to has now been called off, which, we hope, means that the supply issues will be resolved in early course.

"As of today, the majority of pubs, we believe, are now fully stocked, but some pubs may be short of a few brands, pending deliveries in the next few days."

Topics: UK News, Wetherspoon, Pubs, Food And Drink, brexit, UK, Covid-19

Tom Wood
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