More somber beer news as it pertains to the economy. There’s a report out today that says British pubs closed at a rate of 39 a week during the last half of 2008. That’s a clip of almost six pubs a day shutting their doors. It all adds up to about 44,000 job losses in the industry in the past couple years. The Thirsty Beagle has this question: Just how many pubs do they have in the United Kingdom, anyway? The British Beer & Pub Association (How can I apply to be president of that association?) reports that nearly 2,000 pubs closed in 2008. That would be the equivalent of each state in the United States shuttering 40 pubs/bars in the past year.