More than eight billion pints of beer were sold in 2019 according to the British Beer & Pub Association.

A total of 8,059,495,997 pints were sold according to the full year 2019 Beer Barometer sales data. It comes despite 2018 resulting in the the biggest year-on-year sales growth for beer in 45 years, with sales up 2.8 per cent in 2018 alone thanks to a heatwave, the Royal Wedding and the World Cup.

The growth in 2019 equates to an extra 87 million (86,738,882) pints of beer being sold versus 2018.

A freeze in Beer Duty in February 2019 helped the growth of beer sales. As a result, the extra 87 million pints sold in 2019 compared to 2018 will have boosted HMRC's revenues by £57m.

However, the government's planned increase in Beer Duty in the forthcoming Budget will stifle this growth. 

Now, MPs have been ramping up the pressure on the Chancellor to cut Beer Duty.

More than 50 MPs from all parties and nations of the United Kingdom attended a Westminster Hall debate on taxation on beer and pubs in February, secured by Mike Wood MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group. In addition, 85 Conservative Party MPs signed a letter and delivered it to the Chancellor.

Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said: "Beer sales increasing is clearly good news for our sector. However, this growth will be stifled if the Government goes ahead with its planned increase to Beer Duty on March 11th.

"Rishi Sunak has a fantastic opportunity to nurture this growth by cutting Beer Duty in his Budget."

David Cunningham, Programme Director for Long Live the Local, said: "So far, 255,000 have signed the petition, 130,000 people have written to their MP, and 25,000 publicans are backing the campaign – evidence of just how much they care about their local pubs and breweries. We hope The Chancellor listens to us and responds with a cut in Beer Duty."