JD Wetherspoon ditches French and German beer and wine brands ahead of Brexit

JD Wetherspoon ditches French and German beer and wine brands ahead of Brexit
The new drinks replacing EU-sourced brands. JD Weatherspoon

JD Wetherspoon is to replace French champagnes and German beers with alternatives from the UK and other non-EU countries in the run-up to Brexit.

The changes will affect all 880 Wetherspoon pubs from 9 July.


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Company founder Tim Martin, who campaigned for Brexit, said the UK pub chain was “starting to make the transition to non-EU trade” ahead of Britain’s expected exit date of 29 March 2019.

New drinks will be cheaper

Swedish cider Kopparberg, which Wetherspoons sells six million bottles of each year, will continue to be stocked as production is moving to Britain after Brexit.

Among the UK-brewed beers being added to the menu at Wetherspoons are Blue Moon Belgian White, Thornbridge Versa Weisse Beer and SA Brains Atlantic White.

French champagne will also be replaced by Denbies Sparkling Whitedowns Brut and Whitedowns Rose Brut – both made in the UK.

Hardy’s Sparkling Pinot Chardonnay, from Australia, will also feature on the menu.

Martin said the new drinks would be cheaper than the EU products they are replacing.

German beer Tucher Helles Hefe Weizen is off the menu
German beer Tucher Helles Hefe Weizen is off the menu. JD Weatherspoon

“There will be an inevitable transfer of trade post-Brexit to countries outside the EU, which will reduce prices in shops and pubs,” he said.

The move is part of a review all products over the next six to 24 months.

Martin added: “We intend to honour existing contracts with EU suppliers. However, we are starting to make the transition to non-EU trade.

“This move helps us to broaden our horizons so that we create an improved offer for the two million customers who visit our pubs each week.

“It is the start of a review of all products, with the object of making our business more competitive.”