- Champagne and wheat beers produced in France and Germany will be replaced
- Sparkling wines from the UK and Australia will be substituted for Champagne
- More UK wheat beers to be sold in switch to affect all its 880 pubs from July 9
Pub chain Wetherspoon is to sell more drinks from the UK and non-EU brewers in the run up to Brexit.
More UK wheat beers will be sold in a switch which will affect all 880 Wetherspoon pubs from July 9.
Pub firm JD Wetherspoon is to offer more drinks from UK and non-EU producers and brewers
Pub chain Wetherspoon (file picture) is to sell more drinks from the UK and non-EU brewers
‘This move helps us to broaden our horizons so that we create an improved offer for the two million customers who visit our pubs each week.
Wetherspoon chairman Tim Martin, a strong supporter of Brexit, said: ‘This move helps us to broaden our horizons so that we create an improved offer for the two million customers who visit our pubs each week.
What drink changes are Wetherspoon making?
Wetherspoon will replace Champagne with sparkling wines from the UK – Denbies Sparkling Whitedowns Brut and Whitedowns Rose Brut – as well as Hardys Sparkling Pinot Chardonnay from Australia.
The pubs will also serve wheat beers from the UK and USA – Blue Moon Belgian White, Thornbridge Versa Weisse Beer and SA Brains Atlantic White.
It will continue to serve Kopparberg cider from Sweden, after the firm confirmed that it will be producing its cider in the UK post-Brexit.
Meanwhile alcohol-free Adnams Ghost Ship will replace Erdinger alcohol free beer from Germany.
‘It is the start of a review all products in the next six to 24 months, with the object of making our business more competitive. The EU’s customs union is a protectionist system which is widely misunderstood.
‘It imposes tariffs on the 93 per cent of the world that is not in the EU, keeping prices high for UK consumers.
‘Tariffs are imposed on wine from Australia, New Zealand and the US, and also on coffee, oranges, rice and more than 12,000 other products.
‘There will be an inevitable transfer of trade post-Brexit to countries outside the EU, whi