Beer duty increases by 42% between 2008 and 2012 saw beer sales plummet by 18.5%, 3,700 pubs close and 75,000 jobs lost, according to a new report.
The Story of Beer Duty: 2008-2016 produced by the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA), the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA), and Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), outlines the damage caused by the government’s beer duty escalator.
The report also found that the abolition of the escalator in 2013 'led to a major turnaround in the beer and pub secto', with beer sales stabilising , and 2014 seeing beer sales in growth for the first time in a decade.
The groups say the publishing of the report is intended to highlight to the government that the protection of beer and pubs is now more important than ever.
The BBPA also recently published a manifesto, setting out how the beer and the pub sector can continue to be a force for growth and job creation, as Britain prepares to leave the EU.
Brigid Simmonds, BPBA Chief Executive, said: 'The Story of Beer report shows us that ‘a penny off a pint’ in 2013 was much more than a good headline or political gimmick.
'The effects of the removal of the beer duty escalator have been extraordinary, and I am proud that the BBPA, alongside SIBA and CAMRA, played such a key role in its abolition.
'We will continue to work with government as the process of leaving the European Union begins. Given that we still pay 40% of the total beer tax bill in Europe, but only consume 13% of the product, it is vital that there are no increases in beer duty.'
Colin Valentine, CAMRA national chairman added: 'A report commissioned by CAMRA found that three consecutive cuts in beer duty and the abolition of the beer duty escalator have helped stem the number of pub closures and supported more than 26,000 additional jobs.
'Any future hikes in beer duty would curb the good work the government has done to support pubs, and drive people to drink at home rather than in their local pub.'