Stonegate has cut the price of all its cask ale beer to just 95p until lockdown.

The three-day sale, launched yesterday (2 November) in response to the government’s announcement at the weekend that all pubs must shut later this week, will be applied across its whole managed estate until close on Wednesday 4 November.

“Once again, the hospitality industry is being told to bear the financial brunt of further regulations in the government’s response to covid-19,” said manging director Helen Charlesworth. “Given the short notice, this 95p pint sale is to ensure minimal wastage of product across our estate.

“Cask ale only has a shelf life of a few days once its tapped and spiled, and in March the British Beer and Pub Association estimated that over 70 million pints of beer were poured down the drain.

“We also would prefer our customers to enjoy the beer – responsibly, of course - rather than pouring it away. Just like in March, our pubs will continue to be at the centre of their communities during this lockdown and we look forward to reopening as soon as possible and enjoying the Christmas festivities together.”