Price of a pint of beer drops for first time in two years

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THE price of a beer has fallen for the first time in more than two years — but only by a sobering 1p,

A pint of draught lager typically cost £4.23 last month — compared with £4.24 in December.

The price of a pint has dropped at last – but just by 1p

Before last month, prices had steadily risen since December 2020, when the average for a pint in a pub was £3.79.

It means the cost has soared by more than 11 per cent in two years, the Office for National Statistics reports.

Bitter drinkers are faring slightly better as a pint fell 3p from £3.60 in December to an average of £3.57 last month.

But overall, the cost of both bitter and lager has increased in the final three months of 2022.

Pubs are struggling with soaring energy costs.

But British Beer & Pub Association chief Emma McClarkin said: “The last thing pubs want to do is put prices up.”