I'm sure Wetherspoons sell it cheap as they buy it cheap. I've been told all the draught beers are very close to the sell by date when they get it so its heavily discounted.
Absolute rubbish . You could not be more wrong if you were Mr Wrong from wrongsville.
JDW as a group give managers carte blanche to buy whatever stock they want froma huge supply list . All JDW will stock 3 or 4 core bitters . Directors , Spitfire and another 'Big Brewery' bitter. Then depending on throughput all have 6 - 8 other handpulls , mostly from localish micro breweries.
There is no way I know on a Monday JDW are going to order 1 or 100 casks of beer . All beer that goes into a JDW has to have a 1 month shelf life remaining. This doesnt sound a long time , and it isnt compared to baked beans or frozn peas. This is however 50% of its available shelf life .
JDW do have a centralised buying and pricing structure which ensures huge volume and a significant discount that goes with it .
All JDW pubs have very clean cellars and the beers are generally well kept , compared to some pub cellars that are so horrible they smell like a tramp has been sick in them . That air is sucked into the cask when its served , so goes off quickly because fat , lazy landlords wont spend 30 mins washing down the cellar.
Its an unfortunate YY to pubcos squeezing the supplier and the LL to make millions. No need to sell beer for £3 - £4 a pint . It costs 40p - 60p a pint to make depending on strength and size of brewery. A freehouse can still buy in real ale for around 90p a pint , around £1.10 for lager . So the margins are there , its the Pubcos charging the LL £1.50 a pint that has the prices to shoot up