Quietly bubbling Guinness pricing dispute comes to a head

It’s marketed as the black stuff but in Dublin the flow of Guinness has become a commodity every bit as precious as that of oil with one Wetherspoons pub running dry amidst concern that the prices charged by parent firm Diageo.

The Guinness brand owner has been engaged in a bitter debate with the pub chain over the ‘high’ prices charged for its drinks, prompting the Three Tun Tavern to refuse to stock the medicinal brew.

It joins a host of big name brands which have been taken off the menu; including Smirnoff vodka, Bailey’s Irish liqueur and Bushmills whisky.

Diageo itself hasn’t commented on the affair but might not be too troubled by publicity which paints its wares as premium products.

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