WETHERSPOONS is axing pints of John Smiths and Strongbow from the menu as part of a shake-up of the pub chain’s drinks options.
The company has signed a new 20-year deal with Budweiser Brewing Group to become its largest supplier.
This means Budweiser, Stella Artois, Corona, Leffe Blonde and Bud Light, as well as Bathtub Gin, Bud Light Seltzer and Mike’s Hard Seltzer will be available at all ‘Spoons across the UK.
It brings Wetherspoon’s partnership with Heineken to an end after 41 years.
Strongbow and Strongbow Dark Fruits will be replaced by Stowford Press Apple and Stowford Press Mixed Berries, made by Westons Cider, from December 15.
John Smiths bitter is being replaced by Worthington’s bitter, supplied by brewer Molson Coors.
Wetherspoon has also recently agreed long-term deals with current suppliers BrewDog, Carlsberg, Marston’s Brewing Company and Molson Coors
The pub chain said demand for Budweiser’s range of tipples increased during the pandemic, due to an interest in premium and international beers.
Wetherspoon’s founder and chairman Tim Martin said: “Budweiser Brewing Group UK&I will now become our biggest supplier, with new beers Budweiser, Corona and Leffe Blonde, in addition to their existing products, Stella Artois and Bud Light – as well as a range of bottled beers.
“We are also pleased to have agreed long-term supply deals with BrewDog, Westons Cider, Carlsberg and Molson Coors.
“Wetherspoon will continue to sell a wide range of traditional ales and craft beers from regional and micro brewers at competitive prices.
“We’re very pleased to have such a brilliant group of brewers supporting our efforts.”
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