The Royal Albert Hotel in Sydney has decided to pull all US beers from its drinks list following President Donald Trump’s decision to leave the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
The TPP was a trade agreement between Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States of America and Vietnam.
The finalised proposal was signed on 4 February 2016, but it currently cannot be ratified due to US withdrawal from the agreement on Monday.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has not given up on the TPP, saying that it is still possible for America to change its position.
In the meantime, Publican Mick Bain told Beer & Brewer that the Royal Albert will be dropping all US beers and ranging more Australian craft beers.
“If Trump is pulling the pin on the trade agreement with Australia then we need to be supporting more local businesses and brewers to keep the country strong and ensure jobs for Australians,” said Bain.
“At the Royal Albert Hotel we will be focusing even more on Australian craft beer using Australian products, such as Aussie hops and grains. We will no longer be stocking any US beers.
“At the Albert we have already gone 97 per cent Australian spirits and will also be changing to an Aussie soft drink company in the near future.”