Wetherspoons has responded to news that England will be plunged into a month-long lockdown on Thursday by announcing they are clearing stock of ale with a 99p sale.
J D Wetherspoon plc owns 879 pubs across the UK and Ireland and with news that England will see all pubs and restaurants closed from November 5 to December 2 – while other parts of the UK already have lockdowns in place – the brand are making the best of a bad situation.
On Sunday, the chain announced all real ale will be on sale for 99p per pint until they are forced to close at the end of business on Wednesday.
The sale is for brands of ale due to go off while the pubs are forced in to one month closure – with punters able to get their hands on cheap drinks while they can.
Spokesman Eddie Gershon told The Sun: “All of our pubs in England will be serving their real ales at 99p a pint until the pubs close on Wednesday night.
“The reality is that any real ales not sold between now and lockdown will have to be thrown away, so it is better that customers can enjoy it at a great price while the pubs remain open."
While a source from the chain told the publication: "Now Boris has shut the pubs and we are left with full cellars and the real ale will not last a month and we faced having to pour it all away.
"The only sensible option was to split the difference and ask our real ale fans to come to our rescue and offer them our beer at 99p a pint.
"We will be doing them a huge favour and they will be doing us a huge one! Our doors close at 10pm on Wednesday so the challenge is thrown down.”
On Saturday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed that a second lockdown will be enforced across England on Thursday.
Pubs, restaurants and non-essential shops will be forced to close their doors between November 5 and December 2 in an attempt to control spiking Covid-19 virus cases.
SAGE scientists had warned that 85,000 people could die over winter if a lockdown was not introduced to control the current rate of rising cases, hospitalisations and deaths.
While the Government has already warned that the lockdown could be extended beyond December 2 as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Michael Gove, refused to rule out the possibility while speaking with Sophy Ridge on Sky News on Sunday morning.