UK pub-goers are missing cask beer during lockdown and would be much less likely to return to pubs that stop stocking beer from independent, local breweries once they reopen, finds CAMRA.

Two-thirds (63%) are most looking forward to a pint of cask beer once pubs can reopen, even more than meeting with friends or having a meal says the survey.

In addition, 68 per cent won’t, or are less likely to, return to a pub that has stopped stocking beer from small or local breweries 

CAMRA’s national chairman Nik Antona said: “Our survey of tens of thousands of pub goers shows how intrinsic a pint of quality cask ale is to our pub culture. Unfortunately, it’s likely that cask beer will be the first expense cut from a struggling pub trying to re-open with social distancing measures in place.

“The majority of consumers want to see their pub continue to stock a range of ales from small, local and independents brewers when they re-open, which is why we are calling on greater Government support to ensure this takes place. We also want to see pub companies support and stock real ales from small and local brewers once their pubs re-open, which includes allowing tied pubs to stock a greater range of locally brewed beers to help get the brewing industry back on its feet.

“Not only is this the right thing to do to help independent breweries to recover from lockdown restrictions, it will also help pubs to attract more customers who are looking for a decent range of high-quality, locally-produced beers.”

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