Wetherspoon pubs to stop selling jägermeister and various spirits from the EU

Customers at JD Wetherspoon pubs are to be offered more UK and non-EU drinks. Credit: PA

Pub company JD Wetherspoon will offer more drinks from the UK in a bid to crack down on drinks which come from the EU including Jägermeister and French liquors.

The company will increase its range of drinks from UK and non-EU producers from later this month, it has announced.

The move is said to lead to lower prices across its 880 pubs from September 26.

Which drinks will no longer be sold?

  • Jägermeister (a herbal liqueur from Germany)

  • French brandy Courvoisier

  • French brandy Hennessy Fine de Cognac

How has Jägermeister reacted to this?

Guy Lawrence, the CEO of Jägermeister UK has said: "Naturally we are disappointed that UK consumers will no longer be able to enjoy our products at Wetherspoons venues.

"We have always enjoyed a close working relationship with JD Wetherspoon and are sorry to be parting in this way."

Hennessy Fine de Cognac will stop being sold in Wetherspoons pubs across the UK. Credit: AP

The French liqueurs will be replaced with E&J Brandy (the number two selling brandy in the US), Black Bottle (the number one selling brandy in Australia) and Strika, a herbal liqueur produced in England.

Are these drinks the first to go?

Wetherspoon has already replaced Champagne. Credit: AP

Wetherspoon has already replaced Champagne with sparkling wines from the UK and Australia as well as German wheat beers with those from the UK.

Why is Wetherspoons changing their drinks menu?

The Chairman of the pub, Tim Martin, a strong supporter of Brexit, said: "The three new products will be offered at a lower price than those they are replacing."

He also said customers liked the new products: "In blind tastings conducted by Wetherspoon, the new products were more popular than those they are replacing.

"All EU products have UK or non-EU replacements, often at equal or better quality and price."