Tom Bott, director at East London brewery Signature Brew, said it was a “mistake” by the Treasury to apply the tax reduction only to draughts from containers over 40 litres.
“The vast majority of the draft beer community sell kegs in 30 litre containers; it therefore excludes a huge portion of the industry and in my opinion the most exciting portion,” Bott told the PA News agency.
A Treasury source indicated that the proposal was intended for most draught beer for sale in pubs to qualify, including where it is made by smaller or craft brewers. The department is consulting with the industry over the best way to achieve that, they said. Anger was, however, palpable on social media.