In 1970 in the Duke of Devonshire or the Fifth Hants Volunteer in Albert Road, Southsea, I used to pay 1s 10d, say 10p in modern money, for a brown and mild.
This was usually two-thirds of a pint of mild and a half-bottle of brown ale on the side. It was usually called a brown split.
In 1986 I was living in Elphinstone Road, Southsea, and paid about 90p for a pint of best bitter in the Osbourne. I am now paying between £2.50 and £3.50 for a pint. Call it £3 which is 30 times more than I paid in 1970. It is far more in London pubs.
On this reckoning, in the year 2045 it will cost more than £10 for a pint of best, a sum not worth thinking about.No doubt all the pubs will be closed by that
time and the brewing industry will have come to an end.