Everyone likes a day off work, even brewers. Sunday is mine and I generally hang out with the kids playing stupid games and eating a lot.
Not today though. Oh no. My mate Alistair slipped me a mickey last week without warning me and without telling you. He left that bit up to me to do.
The duty increase will result in a price rise over the bar of 13 pence, approximately, and the vat reduction is 4 pence. This is described by the treasury as 'broadly the same'.
If the aim of the excise exercise was to leave the price of alcohol 'broadly the same' the obvious thing to do would be to leave the vat on alcohol exactly the same. But no, they've given me a weekend of work recalculating my costs and contacting my customers to try and explain that the price has gone up. Those brave souls in the treasury weren't quite brave enough to do the telling themselves.
But fear not dear friends - prices to you, from the brewery, will stay exactly the same until next year. Promise. And look out for some kind of 'Yule Do' that Mrs Gaddsbeershop is organising to brighten up things in these dark months.