Wetherspoon pubs emit EVERY European wine and a third of the beers as Brexit looms


The popular tavern Wetherspoon has replaced all European wines from its branches, as the Brexit looms have their place.

Boss of the chain - Tim Martin - is a passionate Brexiteer, promising to stock more drinks from the UK and outside the EU before Britain officially leaves Europe in March.

And Mr. Martin has fulfilled his promise to bring European products to market and focus on domestic and other products - reports Mirror Online.

All European wines and Fizz, previously stored in the chain's 900 pubs, will be replaced with bottles from the US, Australia, Chile, New Zealand and Argentina.

One third of the EU beers from the draft draft were taken from the bar when Erdinger, Denmark's Tuborg and Staropramen from the Czech Republic were no longer available.




The Mariner Wetherspoons in New Brighton (picture by Andrew Teebay).


The Mariner Wetherspoons in New Brighton (picture by Andrew Teebay).

Bolla Pinot Grigio and Freixenet, both from Italy, Faustino VII Rioja from Spain, were also scrapped.

They were replaced by the Australian brand Hardys and the American Coldwater Creek, each with four wines, along with the New Zealand-made Villa Maria, the Casillero del Diablo produced in Chile and the Trivento Malbec made in Argentina.

The wines and beers join a list of EU-spirits excluded from the chain - last year Wetherspoon's pubs ceased to store Moet champagne and Italian Prosecco.

They were replaced by sparkling wines from Australia and England.

Mr. Martin has also stopped storing Jagermeister from Germany last year, which has been replaced by an English version called Strika - the "Jagbombs" were called "Brexit bombs" by customers.

However, Mr Martin has not yet been able to eliminate all European beers, with some - including the Belgian favorite Stella Artois - being widespread.




Wetherspoon Chairman Tim Martin


Wetherspoon Chairman Tim Martin

The millionaire founder Martin, 63, a fierce critic of the EU, distributed 500,000 coasters and called for Britain's resignation before the 2016 vote.

He expects Britain to thrive after the country leaves the EU with or without EU trade agreements.

Tom Stainer of the campaign for Real Ale says the broader beer industry needs to reconsider its future after Brexit and urged the government and its customers to support British beer.

He said, "Wherever you stand in the Brexit debate, we hope that both government and consumers will support local breweries, producers and pubs in this time of uncertainty.

"Many of our tax rates for pubs and breweries are actually set at European level. We hope that the UK Government will use its exit from the EU to review this system.




Tim Martin, chairman of JD Wetherspoon


Tim Martin, chairman of JD Wetherspoon

"In particular, we would like a lower rate for beer sold as a barrel or bottle than in bottles or cans. This would help keep prices down in the pub and encourage beer drinkers to return to their local owner.

"We also want consumers to celebrate real ales, ciders and pears that are by nature British products.

"By choosing British beer and looking for the British hop logo on your pint - suggesting that hops are also sourced in the UK - beer drinkers can actively support companies near their home.

A Wetherspoon spokesman said, "Whether people agree or disagree with Tim's views shows that he is a man of his words.

"This is just the beginning and over the next two years there will be more drinks from around the world."

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