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In the age-old war between the grape and the grain, it was feared that trendy wine bars were forcing out the delights of a few pints down the local.
But beer remains our most popular alcoholic drink by far – with 8.5 billion pints sold in Britain last year.
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That equates to 48,559,000 hectolitres (a hundred litres) – compared with 12,901,700 of wine, or 7.4 billion 175ml glasses.
Some 1.2 billion pints of cider, or 6,804,000 hectolitres, were sold, HM Revenue and Customs data shows. The figures were published in the British Beer & Pub Association's handbook.
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