The Government has refused to cut an inflation-busting tax on beer - but pledged to keep it under review.
MPs from all parties called on ministers to scrap the beer duty escalator amid fears the rising cost of a pint led to local pubs closing and breweries going bust.
MPs have demanded a quick end to the escalator, which was launched in 2008 by then-chancellor Alistair Darling and hikes the price of a pint by 2% above inflation.
The tax, blamed for plummeting beer sales as 16 pubs a week close, is due to last until 2014/15. Up to 5,800 pubs shut since its introduction four years ago as pints became more expensive, the Commons heard.