In a move that will doubtless infuriate alcohol puritans, Wetherspoons will be running a January sale for two weeks from the 4th to the 19th, reintroducing their 99p pint offer that annoyed the brewery Greene King whose IPA was the beer concerned. GK said the price undervalued their quality product, although many drinkers felt GK should look up '"quality" in the dictionary. This time the beer on offer will be GK's Ruddles Bitter, which is nothing to get excited about either. The deal will also include glasses of wine, shots of gin and bottled lager, and some meals will be sold cheaply too.
Some people get sniffy about Wetherspoons. I'm not a regular Spoons-goer myself, but their pricing policies are a challenge to the other pub companies (PubCos) who screw their licensees into the ground. The argument made by many (including a local licensee on this blog last month) is that Wetherspoons can sell cheaply as they have enormous buying power. This ignores the fact that all the other PubCos (Punch, S&N, etc.) have enormous buying power too, but they don't pass on the savings to their licensees and customers. Whether you like them or not, Wetherspoons shouldn't be criticised for running a much more efficient business than their fellow PubCos.
In the meantime, you can have a cheap night out, both food and drink, in January if you want.