Due to the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, Wetherspoons has removed bottles of Russian larger Baltika Larger, which is brewed in Putin’s home city of St Petersburg, from its pubs.
The drinks are being returned to the distributor, and J.D Wetherspoons released a statement saying: J.D. Wetherspoon said in a statement: “In light of the situation in Ukraine we just felt that we could not stock it anymore.
“As of today all those beers won’t be available in any Wetherspoons pub and either have been or are in the process of being returned to the Carlsberg distributor.
“We are not implying in any way that anyone involved with the brewery is directly involved with what’s going on but we thought in light of the current situation our pubs don’t want to be serving Russian beers.”
The value-pub chain is not the only one to drop Russian alcohol from its bars over the continued invasion. Arc Inspiration, which owns Box, Manahatta and Banyan, dropped Russian-produced vodka from its venues also.
Bundobust founder, which runs hospitality venues in Leeds and other cities, has also called on the hospitality sector to find alternatives for Russian products.
Marko Husak said on Twitter: “I’ve had quite a few messages from my colleagues in the restaurant, bar and beer industries asking if there is anything that they can do to help, so I’ve suggested that they can help by stop stocking Russian products.”