THIRSTY Brits could soon be forking out more cash for a tasty pint because of rising wages.
But how much more will it cost? Here's all you need to know…
How much is a pint of beer in 2021?
The price of a pint varies in different cities across the UK.
However, generally, a pint of lager ranges from roughly £3-£6 – with an average cost of £3.86.
London is of course the UK’s most expensive city for a pint – with the average price ringing in at £5.33, according to Finder.
Brighton comes in second at £4.83 while in Edinburgh a pint will set you back £4.73.
But prices aren’t so high in other parts of the UK – as in Perth boozers charge an average of just £3.07.
Similar prices are seen in Swansea, £3.26, and Peterborough, £3.28.
How much will a pint of beer go up in the Budget 2021?
Brits face paying 30p more for a pint after Rishi Sunak hikes wages for the lowest paid in today’s budget, business chiefs have warned.
Landlords say they'll have to put up prices because they're struggling with spiralling overheads that will be compounded by the salary hike.
The Chancellor is poised to announce that the national living wage is going up by 6.6% from £8.91 to £9.50 an hour.
He says the move will add on average around £1,000 before tax to the annual pay of a full-time worker.
Mr Sunak is also set to end the public sector pay freeze and hand millions of workers a raise.
He said the Government wants to eradicate low pay by making sure the minimum wage becomes two-thirds of the average salary by 2024.
But the boss of one chain of boozers warned the move will inevitably hit punters in the pocket.
City Pub Group chairman Clive Watson said landlords can't soak up extra overheads as the industry is "coming off life support" after Covid.
He said: "We cannot absorb all these increased costs whether it is the energy costs whether it is food inflation, whether it is labour costs.
"So the only way forward for us is to put the price of beer and food up in our pubs.
"No-one wants to do that but I reckon the price of beer would probably have to go up 25p-30p a pint to take account of all these increased costs."
Will the price of beer go up in 2022?
The price of beer is expected to rise further in 2022 as prices increase on goods by up to 4 per cent – with beer firms facing a double problem amid increasing costs of barley, sugar, aluminium and transportation.
It’s thought the price could go up by 15p – bringing the UK average to £4.02.
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