Wetherspoon pubs face beer shortages due to Brexit and Covid driver crisis

A number of Wetherspoon branches have run out of certain brands of beer, the company has confirmed.

The pub chain say that it is currently experiencing ‘supply problems’ with Carling and Coors, which is having an impact on taps across the UK.

It comes as the UK continues to grapple with a shortage HGV drivers due to Brexit and the coronavirus pandemic.

Some Wetherspoon branches in Scotland are believed to be affected by the supply chain issues.

Some Scottish branches are believed to be impacted by the shortage

A spokesperson for the chain was unable to confirm which branches have been hit the hardest.

In a statement, Wetherspoon said: “We are experiencing some supply problems with both Carling and Coors, which means that some pubs do not have the products available.

“We apologise to our customers for any inconvenience caused.

“We know that the brewers are trying to resolve the issue.”

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A string of industries across the UK have been impacted by the ongoing delivery driver crisis.

Rows of supermarket shelves have been left empty, while some restaurant and eateries were forced to close due to stock shortages.

The Road Haulage Association estimates that the UK is short by more than 100,000 drivers across the UK.

That number is believed to include tens of thousands of drivers from EU member states who were living and working in the UK.

Wetherspoon pubs face beer shortages due to Brexit and Covid driver crisis
Wetherspoon chairman Tim Martin was a staunch supporter of Brexit

Brexit is understood to be one of the driving factors behind the crisis. The UK’s exit from the single market means that a number of European drivers have gone back to their home countries or decided to work elsewhere.

Wetherspoon chairman Tim Martin was a staunch supporter of leaving the European Union during the Brexit referendum of 2016.

Mr Martin’s company joins the likes of Greggs, McDonald’s and Nando’s to experience stock issues over the last few weeks.

The UK’s Big Four supermarkets – Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons – have also reported supply chain issues in recent days.

A number of firms have stepped up recruitment and repurposed staff to get business back on track amid the ongoing shortage of drivers.

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