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SWANSEA AND BEER RESTRICTIONS. STEPS TAKEN IN ANTICIPATION. QUESTION OF LIGHTER BREW. I The new order from Lord Devonport, the Food Controller, will atfe-et the reduction of beer supplies by about 50 per cent. as compai-ed with the pre-war standard. This I will apply frrfm April lst. Already the re- duction is 15 per cent, of the normal. Inevita,bly the effect will be to reduce consumption by reaeon of the restricted hrewings .m d the conseq uent further in- crease of prices. Swansea brewed beers are amongst the hght?.-t in the kJngdom, and inquiries locally show that the greatest effect will be felt upon the h?her class beers, wht're the standard of strentgth ap- proaches the standard barrel. To the ex- tent of the gravity of beers being below this standard they will be correspondingly beneiitted in their output. "It mearns a serious thing to brewers, Mr. Evans, manager of the Swansea Old Brewery, told the Post" on Thursday, and the full etfed we cannot accurately gauge yet. Establishment- charges will have to be maiintained. As to the question of brewing1 lighter beers than at present., that will, of course, be considered by brav. ers, but 1 don't anticipate much, if any, development in that direction, as the I public taste has to be considered, and people Like what thoy are used to. Then if only a. small percentage of beer is j alcoholic there is the question of keeping. for, as vou know, this class of bear does not ketp like the heavier gravities. Anticipated at Swansea. Further restrictions have not come alto- gether as a surprise. to the Trade, though the extent of the present proposals was not generally anticipated. Only last week the Swansea L ic.ensed Victualle3' Association. in conjunction with the brewers and bottlers, decided in the interests of the Trade that uniform minimum prices must be strictly observed by all retailers, owing to the restriction of output and the consequent shortage of supply, which is bouiid to take place before March 31st next. At a Trade meeting on Friday last it was unanimously resolved that the action of the committee in lecommending the prices of Guinness' stout be confirmed, viz., the price for same shall not be less than 4d. per half- pint bottle, indoor, and 4d. ditto, outdoor, operative from 6th January-, 1917. It was a!- o decided at the same meeting that the prices of best and fresh draft beers shall not be less than 44d. and 3 £ d. per pint respect- ively, indoor and outdoor. "Further, it was unanimously resolved that all proprietary brands of spirits be increased Is. per large bottle on the old minimum price list. It will be seen that -on th-j ordinary recognised proprietary brands of whisky the minimum price is now 6s. 6d. per bottle. Superior brands to be more, thus making an all-round increase Gf Is. per bottle on the old orice list." Staggarivtg Blow." Mr. Harry Rogers (president of the Swansea Licensed Victuallers,' Associa- tion) told the Post that the extent of the proposals came as a staggering blow, and a great many house's would be unable to meet their standing charges, and would have to close. "The one satisfactory feature" (he continued). was that the new Order was to be brought about by Parliament, and not by tfn unconstitutional authority like Tf Parliament considers the course suggested aa neces- sary we acquiesce. The Trade have been perfectly willing to make sacrifices and have made them. Prices have gone up Jhrough the war, and certainly' they will have too go up again, though to what extent under the new conditions I cannot suggest. There is no statement that the proposals now made are for the continuance of the war only, but I take it that is so. As to the effect of the present restrictions, some parts of the country have been already Without beer for days at a stretch. Now, under the new Order, the consump- tion will be considerably further reduced." As to the possibility of lighter beers being brewed, Mr. Rogers r-nid they would not suit tho palate of the ordinary beer drinker. Tiie war, he explained, had dctrimezitaJly aifccted the Trade, for maiiy houses were now taking less than before the aii(-l ha,-] htiagk?l' ng les% 'c l iaii b,,? f ore the war and had higher charges to meet. PROBABLE INCREASED BEER PRICES. Interviewed by a Press Association repre- sentative on Thursday regarding the restric- tion of brewing, as laid down by Lord Devonport, Mr. Dean, of the Licensed Victuallers' Central Protection Society, estimated that it was probable that. beer would be increased 111 price by Id. a pint for cheaper qualities and a little more for heavier classes. He did not think brewers would be so badly hit by the restric- tion as the licensees -as the brewers were not restricted as to the hours during which they could serve and with a smaller output it would be possible for them to reduco half their staffs.

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