While some Brits are losing their love of lager, there is a rise in styles such as IPAs (Indian pale ales) in particular.
- One fifth of UK drinkers are not willing to pay more than £2.99 for a pint.
- Three in 10 (29%) beer drinkers are prepared to pay more than £4 per pint.
- In London, 27% are willing to pay more than £4.50.
- More than one quarter (27%) of Brits drink ale or bitter.
- One in five (20%) drink any type of craft beer.
One drinker in five is a sizeable proportion of beer drinkers, and this stat suggests to me that it may be a cut-off point for some who may feel driven to join the join the supermarket set. This point is reinforced by the fact that, although lager sales are suffering more than cask ale, the overall consumption of beer in pubs is in slow decline: the market is shrinking.
Pub owners, such as brewers and pub companies who tend to have little compunction about pushing up the prices they charge, should take this psychological price barrier into account, or risk biting the hand that feeds them.
On a related issue, I note that CAMRA is campaigning for another cut in beer duty; let's hope the government heeds the call.