UK pub operator Scottish & Newcastle Pub Enterprises has ended its supply deal with The Cains Beer Company.

The brewer confirmed to just-drinks today (16 December) that it has stopped Liverpool pubs stocking beers from the city's only major brewery.

Louise Barnett, a spokesperson for Scottish & Newcastle Pub Enterprises, said: "This is a commercial decision and not one we would comment on in public."

Liverpool-based Cains fell into administration in early August, after last-ditch talks with its bank, the Royal Bank of Scotland, failed to secure financing for debts of around GBP35m (US$68.4m).

Former owners Sudarghara and Ajmail Dusanj bought back the site and nine core pubs in September, and began talks with pub companies and supermarkets on fresh supply deals.

A Cains spokesperson was unavailable for comment this morning. One local landlord described the moves as "farcical" to local newspaper, the Liverpool Echo.