Price of a pint is set to soar at hundreds of pubs across the country

THE price of a pint of beer is set to soar at hundreds of pubs.

Brewer Greene King is raising the wholesale cost of its draught beer by 4.7 per cent.

The drinks giant blames spiralling inflation, rocketing utility costs and supply chain issues.

Its popular cask beers include the flagship IPA, Abbot Ale and Old Speckled Hen.

Suffolk-based Greene King’s move — which will cover 1,000 ­tenanted pubs — comes after rival Marston’s said it was slapping between 20p and 45p on a pint.

Last month the Office for National Statistics recorded beer’s third biggest price rise since records began — 23p on a pint over the past two years.

If the trend continues, real ale may break the £5-a-pint barrier for the first time.

The British Beer & Pub Association says the average price is ­currently £3.21, with some venues charging up to £4.50.

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A Greene King spokesman said its price changes will be implemented from June 12.

Falling sales of real ale have prompted campaigns urging Brits to drink the traditional tipple to keep it alive.

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