Local brewery turns off the tap for Trump

Local brewery turns off the tap for Trump
Trump Tower in Chicago Flickr/Julian Boed
Local brewery turns off the tap for Trump
Trump Tower in Chicago Flickr/Julian Boed

Local brewery turns off the tap for Trump

Local microbrewery 5 Rabbit Cerveceria is cutting ties with Chicago’s Trump Tower lounge in ongoing fallout over Donald Trump’s recent comments about Mexican immigrants.

The Latin American-born owners of the Bedford Park brewery had been making a house beer for Trump Tower´s Rebar for the past few months. It was a joint effort with the restaurant’s bar manager, and the relationship had been going well according to 5 Rabbit founder and co-owner Andres Araya.

But after the presidential hopeful characterized Mexican immigrants largely as criminals and “rapists” in a speech earlier this month, Araya and his partners decided to end the relationship.

“We would be doing an injustice to the community we serve (and live in) by engaging in business with someone who does not accept our role in society and expresses a rhetoric of hate and ignorance towards us,” Araya wrote in a statement to WBEZ Monday.

“On a personal level, if I did, one of the things that scares me the most is sending the wrong message to my daughters. We are active members of this immigrant community and we need to stand up for ourselves, and more importantly, for those who do not have the voice or means to do so. The very foundation of the United States of America was built on acceptance and inclusion. That is what drew us here, and that´s what why we feel so strongly about this.”

“As a company, an integral part of our vision reads that we are ‘not only based in, but also look to promote a strong and positive image of Latin America, its heritage and people.’

It would be hypocritical of us to sustain the relationship.”

Araya says that the 50 remaining kegs of the summer golden ale will be sold to bars around town under the name “(Expletive) Tu Pelo.”

Trump, who is vying for the Republican presidential nomination, was in town on Monday to give a speech to the City Club of Chicago. Asked if he had any regrets over the comments on Mexico, Trump stood firm. He said that every time he talks about Mexico he’s “accused of being a racist.” Then he cited a figure from the Huffington Post saying that 80 percent of girls smuggled from Central America are raped.

Across the street from the City Club speech, Mexican Americans staged an anti-Trump protest calling him a racist and urging NBC to cut ties with the reality TV star.

NBC said Monday that it is ending its business relationship with mogul and GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump because of comments he made about immigrants during the announcement of his campaign.

NBC said it would no longer air the annual “Miss USA” and “Miss Universe” pageants, which had been a joint venture between the company and Trump. Trump has said he is no longer appearing in the television show “The Apprentice.” NBC said “Celebrity Apprentice” will continue to go on without him.

“At NBC, respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values. Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump,” NBC said in the statement.

Last week Spanish language network Univision called Trump’s comments “insulting” and announced it will not air the Miss USA pageant next month. Trump is part owner of the pageant and said Monday he still doesn’t know what will happen with that deal.

Monica Eng is a WBEZ producer and co-host of the Chewing The Fat podcast. Follow her at @monicaeng or write to her at meng@wbez.org.

Yolanda Perdomo and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

UPDATE On Tuesday Five Rabbit sent over a list of the restaurants and bars that will serve the beer:

1. A Toda Madre
2. Bad Apple
3. Bar On Buena
4. Beer House
5. Beer Market
6. Blarney Stone
7. Burger Antics
8. Café Salsa
9. Cellar Door
10. Dusek’s
11. Farmhouse Evanston
12. Fat Cat
13. Fishman’s
14. Gino’s East
15. Green Lady
16. Jerry’s Andersonville
17. Kuma’s Corner
18. Kuma’s Too
19. Lake Street Kitchen
20. Links
21. Longman & Eagle
22. Mama Maria’s
23. Maria’s Packaged Goods
24. Monks Pub
25. Moreno’s Liquors
26. Pints
27. Porkchop
28. Randolph’s Tavern
29. Riverview Tavern
30. Roots Handmade Pizza
31. Sovereign
32. Standard Market
33. Stoney Point
34. Tango Naperville
35. Tapworks Tavern
36. The Barrel
37. The Kinderhook Tap
38. Village Tap