Skip to comments.Bar boycotts Sam Adams after pullout
Posted on 03/15/2014 8:34:48 AM PDT by raccoonradio
The fight over Southies St. Patricks Day Parade got frosty yesterday, with Boston Beer Co. pulling its longtime sponsorship from the parade over the organizers refusal to let gay veterans march and one Southie bar fighting back with a vow to boycott the brew.
Sam Adams doesnt support South Boston. They dont want to support veterans like my father and uncle, so they can go sell their beer elsewhere, said Tommy Flaherty Jr., a lifelong Southie resident whose father and uncle own the landmark Cornerstone Pub & Restaurant on West Broadway.
Flaherty Jr. said he and his father, Thomas Flaherty Sr., 70, and his uncle John Flaherty, 81, were taken aback when they learned yesterday afternoon from reading bostonherald.com that the brewing behemoth pulled its sponsorship, so they decided not to sell Sam Adams indefinitely.
(Boston Beer Co. has) no problem taking the money from the people drinking at the bars along the parade route, Flaherty Jr. said, adding he has no qualms with gay people. We serve to everybody. I dont have a problem with gay people, nor do my father and uncle.
Boston Beer Co. could not be reached last night for comment on Cornerstones boycott. Representatives of the beer company until yesterday listed as a proud sponsor on the parades website have marched in past years, but announced yesterday morning they will not participate this year because the organizer, Allied Veterans War Council, is refusing to change its longtime policy of banning anyone from marching under a gay-rights banner.
We have been participating in the South Boston St. Patricks Day Parade for nearly a decade, Boston Beer Co. said in a statement. We were hopeful that both sides of this issue would be able to come to an agreement that would allow everyone, regardless of orientation, to participate in the parade. But given the current status of the negotiations, we realize this may not be possible.
The flap came after other supporters, including Westin Hotels and Gillette, distanced themselves from the parade. Yesterday, the parades website which had featured dozens of business backers erased its sponsorship page and replaced it with a message saying, Were updating our sponsors, thank you for your patience.
Mayor Martin J. Walsh said last night he was still hopeful a deal can be made.
Weve gotten pretty close to an agreement here, and I think a lot of people thought this was the year we were going to have an agreement, Walsh said. Im not giving up on that hope, we still have some time left. ... I have a glimmer of hope that were going to be able to work something out.
As for Boston Beer Co. pulling its sponsorship, the mayor said, They made a policy decision there, and I commend them for it.
Sam Adams will do just fine without this bar and their supporters.
“Roast me! Hang me! Do whatever you please,” said Brer Rabbit. “Only please, Brer Fox, please don’t throw me into the briar patch.”.
Sam Adams will from this day forward be known as...
May it become a trend !
I'd rather have a Yuengling Lager instead.
What the Hell happened to this country? :(
Or to use Jim Koch’s slogan, with a substitution: “A better glass...of queer.”
The company should not be allowed to use his name to promote their sewer swill.
Piss on them and their dishwater queer beer.
“(Boston Beer Co. has) no problem taking the money from the people drinking at the bars along the parade route, Flaherty Jr. said, adding he has no qualms with gay people. We serve to everybody. I dont have a problem with gay people, nor do my father and uncle.
Well, I do. That’s why there are fag bars. They cater to fags and vice versa with normal, straight, hetero dive bars. Now Flaherty, I dare you to place a big sign on your bar as “gar friendly”, and watch your customer base change and let’ see you try to cope with the homo demographics.
My reading of the article is that the beer company which distributes Sam Adams pulled its sponsorship because the parade won’t let gay groups march. Then the bar promptly said it would boycott Sam Adams. Meaning the bar appears to support the parade organizers, and not the gay groups.
With so many layers of protesters protesting protesters, I misunderstood which side Sam Adams, or the Bar, was on.
Sam Adams swill had better hope that the Gay Sam Adams drinkers and their left wing buddies out number those who will stop drinking Sam Adams.
Having given up beer for lent, I can safely sit this one out for another five weeks.
I’m not a fan of Sam Adams beer, either. I feel it’s overhopped (i.e. a little too bitter) for the light body it has.
I’ve never had Yuengling, though I have heard good things. Especially about their porter.
The gaybistas won’t be happy til everybody’s marching in green leather assless chaps.
Oh, and I thought the “G” stood for “Gay”
Do gays drink beer?