Brits enjoy cheap pints before second lockdown

first_imgA server wearing a face mask or covering due to the Covid-19 pandemic, pours a pint of Camden Pale Ale inside a pub in Mayfair, London on November 3, 2020.DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS | AFP | Getty Images A pub offering up to 50 percent off alcohol for drinkers in Soho, London, ahead of a national lockdown for England from Thursday.Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images Laura Martindale, manager of The Rocket public house in Whiston, pours away spoilt beer that has gone off after the pub was placed into tier three and now faces a four week lockdown ahead of a national lockdown for England from ThursdayPeter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images A sign outside a pub reads ‘ Never too late to pop in for the last pint before lockdown’ on November 4, 2020 in London, England. Non-essential businesses, including pubs and restaurants, will be forced to close from Thursday, Nov 5, following a new national lockdown in England.Peter Summers/Getty Images “Cask conditioned beer will not last, so any beer that will not have been sold by the time the pubs are shut will have to be thrown away, simple as that. And the logic is we’d be better off selling it than throwing it away,” he said.The British Beer and Pub Association, a trade association representing brewers and pubs in the U.K. (and there are over 47,000 pubs in the country), estimated back in May that during the U.K.’s first lockdown in March as many as 70 million pints of British beer would have been destroyed due to closures.The association described it at the time as “heart-breaking to see so much British beer, brewed with supreme skill and care, poured away rather than enjoyed in pubs across the U.K.” LONDON — Many Brits headed out to enjoy their last trip to a pub for at least a month on Wednesday, with some offering cut-price pints of beer before a second lockdown kicked in.Pubs across the country slashed the price of draught beer before lockdown began at 00:01 a.m. local time on Nov. 5. Some offered pints for as little as 95 or 99 pence ($1.28) in a bid to get rid of their stocks rather than pouring it down the drain, literally.Wetherspoons, the U.K.’s largest national pub chain and already known for its cheap drinks menu, was among those offering pints of ale for 99 pence in a bid to avoid wastage before the lockdown — which is forcing pubs, restaurants, leisure centers and gyms in England to close for a month. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Some brewers found other ways to use the beer including feed for anaerobic digesters to create organic fertilizer for farming, the association noted, as well as beer reused as animal feed.The second lockdown is due to last until Dec. 2, depending on how effective it is at lowering the country’s coronavirus infection rate. The U.K. currently has the third-highest infection count in Europe after France and Spain, with just over 1 million reported cases of Covid-19, according to Johns Hopkins University data. On Oct. 31, U.K. government data showed the seven-day average number of cases stood at 22, 329.As infections started to rise in September, pubs, bars and restaurants were forced by the government to close at 10 p.m. and table service became obligatory.The British Beer and Pub Association is among industry groups calling for more support from the government, including requesting tax cuts for the hospitality sector, employment support and business grants.It has warned that almost a quarter of pub and hospitality industry members believe they could go out of business before the end of the year without government help.The Stonegate Pub Company owns over 700 pubs and bars nationwide in the U.K. and it also announced a three-day sale of all cask ale earlier this week, with pints for 95 pence across its venues.Managing Director Helen Charlesworth lambasted the government ahead of the English lockdown, issuing a statement that “once again, the hospitality industry is being told to bear the financial brunt of further regulations in the Government’s response to Covid-19.”“Given the short notice, this 95p pint sale is to ensure minimal wastage of product across our estate.” – Advertisement – The deal only applied to cask ales, not lager, ciders or wines which can keep, Wetherspoons’ spokesman Eddie Gershon told CNBC Wednesday.- Advertisement –last_img read more

MBB : Local recruit Coleman climbs up wish lists with another strong year

first_imgBob McKenney describes DaJuan Coleman’s persona as a quiet self-confidence.As McKenney’s Jamesville-DeWitt boy’s basketball team warmed up prior to its state championship game earlier this year, the head coach McKenney surveyed the scene. He watched as his players went through their typical pregame routine before his eyes fell upon his star big man.‘Is everything all right, DaJuan?’ McKenney asked the 6-foot-8, 290-pound center.‘Let’s just go get it done,’ Coleman said.And Coleman got it done. He scored 22 points and pulled in 16 rebounds to lead Jamesville-DeWitt to its fourth straight Class A state championship, Coleman’s third in three years with the Red Rams.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘He just has that quality,’ McKenney said in a phone interview. ‘Let’s just go get it done. We can X and O, talk about this, talk about that, but at the end of the day, we have to go out and play.’Coleman has been one of the most sought-after recruits in the country since he was in eighth grade. He played for Fowler High as a 6-foot-7 eighth-grader before transferring to Jamesville-DeWitt for his freshman year. Coleman has remained among the top prospects in the nation as he has honed his low-post skills and grown into his massive frame. According to Scout.com, he currently has Division I offers from Kansas, Kentucky, Ohio State, West Virginia and Syracuse as he enters his senior year at J-D.‘What stands out is that he is so big and he plays like he’s big,’ said Scout.com national recruiting analyst Brian Snow. ‘I can’t say you’re surprised when you watch him. He’s kind of what you hope for him to be and what you want him to be.’Coleman did not return multiple phone calls, but McKenney said the center has been that typical big man since he first started coaching him as a freshman.Back then, Coleman was still adjusting to his size. Both Snow and McKenney said he wasn’t quite out of shape but he still had some ‘baby fat’ on him. And with his size and inexperience at that point, his game was all power and strength.‘It was a lot of times just overpowering people at that point,’ McKenney said. ‘Now he’s learning to play with a little more finesse and how to use that strength, not have to work quite so hard to get the same shot that he used to get.’But before those skills developed, Coleman took a backseat to senior guards Brandon Triche, now a starter for SU, and Alshwan Hymes, who played in every game for Canisius last year.McKenney said Coleman picked up some of his quiet confidence from Triche. The head coach said the experience of being a secondary option as a freshman helped him stay humble, despite all the attention he received.‘He played his role,’ McKenney said. ‘He could have come in and commanded the ball a lot more than he did, but he just kind of slid in and accepted that he was a freshman playing with two great players.’Triche and Hymes led J-D to a state championship that year. But since then, Coleman has become the main attraction. He demands the ball now on the rare occasion his teammates aren’t feeding him down low.Kentucky head coach John Calipari was at the state championship this year to watch Coleman perform. Scout.com currently ranks Coleman as the No. 3 center in the Class of 2012. He scored 21.7 points per game for the Red Rams last year.Snow said Coleman was ‘definitely college-ready’ and compared him to first-team All-American Jared Sullinger from Ohio State.‘He’s probably not going to come in and put Jared Sullinger numbers up,’ Snow said. ‘But like Jared, he has a college-ready body, a college-ready physique, a college-ready game.‘And he’s going to make an immediate impact on college basketball.’McKenney has watched Coleman grow from that overpowering freshman to the college-ready player Snow described. He said Coleman has put in the time to develop his skills in the paint. And even if the center doesn’t influence the college game immediately through scoring, McKenney believes he will do so through defense and rebounding.But Coleman hasn’t reached his full potential just yet.Coleman did knock down two 3-pointers in the state championship game last year, but McKenney said his perimeter game can get better. Snow said he could add some explosion and improve his footwork.And though Coleman’s potential is intriguing to scouts, he is a top recruit because of his play on the court.‘At the end of the day, it’s about what do you get done,’ Snow said. ‘DaJuan Coleman gets a lot done on the floor to go along with being a good prospect going forward. He’s not shrinking, he’s not getting smaller, so you know he’s always going to have that size and physicality for him to go along with being a super productive player.’zjbrown@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on May 10, 2011 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Commentslast_img read more