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Carling Is The Most Sold Lager In UK Pubs

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Carling Is The Most Sold Lager In UK Pubs

It's less than a week until beer gardens reopen across England and people up and down the land are gagging for a long overdue pint.

But you may be surprised to learn that of all the celestial lagers available in boozers across the UK, it is Carling which is the most popular.

Carling is the best-selling lager in UK pubs. Credit: Carling
Carling is the best-selling lager in UK pubs. Credit: Carling

The lager has been top of the best-selling leader board in the country for some years, according to CGA data shared by The Morning Advertiser.

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In 2020, an extremely challenging year for the pub industry, 6,358,309 hectolitres of lager were sold in UK pubs - down from 10,144,183hl the previous year.

In the 12 months up to October 2020, Carling accounted for 1,722,739hl of the lager sold, bringing in £989.5 million.

Fosters was the second most popular beer, with 1,023,530hl sold, while Carslberg Danish Pilsner claimed bronze place with 574,656hl sold.

The nation's love of Carling was perfectly summed up by a bloke named Jimmy last summer, who said his first sip of the beer when pubs reopened was like 'an angel p*****g' on his tongue.

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Mmm, delicious angel p***. Credit: PA
Mmm, delicious angel p***. Credit: PA

Jimmy was one of the first people to pop into his local The Shiredale, in Harpurhey, Manchester, on 4 July after it reopened its doors for the first time since March.

Manchester Evening News reporter Rebecca Day was in the pub chatting to locals about what it was like to be back, when Jimmy, who was in the pub with fellow local Chris, said: "It's brilliant being back, it takes some getting used to.

"I was on nights, finished my shift and came straight in. Went home, had a shower and came in.

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"Having my first Carling was like an angel p*****g on the tip of my tongue. It's great that it's back on draught. I'm sick of cans in the house."

Jimmy doesn't have long to wait now until he can get a first taste of a draught pint in a long old while. Outdoor hospitality is set to reopen in England from Monday (12 April), and prime minister Boris Johnson has admitted he will be headed pubwards at the earliest possible opportunity.


For the time being though, all we can do is hope the snow showers pass and the heatwaves return.

Featured Image Credit: Carling

Topics: UK News, Pubs, Booze, Alcohol, Beer

Jake Massey
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