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?
The real problem is the need for sponsorships to begin with.
The sponsorships pay for a lot of permits and licensing etc. I say screw the permits and have the parade anyway.
Sam Adams is getting slaughtered by Yuengling and Yuengling is only available in 13 states. NE doesn’t deserve Yuengling. Go to Texas first (which I think Dick Yuengling has his eyes on).
The Bar is on the side of the Parade Sponsors who are not buckling to the Gay Nazis.
I supsect that Sam Adams (the Patriot) would not approve of the company that bears his name.
The silver lining is that you get to see the SPD parade with no fags ruining it like the Rose Bowl..
The parade is about the Irish and St Patrick... not a sounding board for political messages (including the gay agenda).
The parade wouldn’t allow a pro-life group to march either... so why should they allow a gay group to march?
Either way, beer drinkers don’t tend to be people that want to be associated with the queer agenda.
There aren’t enough queer bars to keep Sam Adams in business.
No fair! You actually read the article before commenting! :-P
Is the parade really refusing to let gay veterans march, or are they refusing to allow them to wear rainbow-colored thongs and “Pride” banners therefore turning a Catholic holiday into an orgy?
Fat Tire is a good beer.
I had to give up alcohol entirely, but these days I am making a list of businesses who support this movement to make depravity acceptable. Those on the list get no business from me.
“Sam Adams stinks anyways.
I’d rather have a Yuengling Lager instead.”
I agree completely.
Honestly, the parade is probably better off without corporate sponsors or big-wigs, anyhow.
Excellent! That’s my understanding of the parade. It was never intended to be a venue for political or social causes. It’s about the Irish!
It would be interesting to see the effects of a boycott of Sam Adams over this. If Sam Adams suffers because of this, it may cause other companies to rethink their support of homosexuals.
FiRst round’s on me!
You must be a real riot on the playground.
I took a quick look at Sam’s site to post some quippy versions of there beer names with a gay theme.
Decided that FR would pull my comment and waste my time. FR not a fan of creative freedom.
see my correction on post #13
Please post that list some time. I think people would enjoy it AND HELP ADD TO IT.
Last summer Sam Adams dumped God, this year they are dumping Saint Patrick
Maybe they’re supporting the court decision that says private groups can’t be forced to let people in who are opposed to them. They do add they have no problem with gays and will serve anyone. So yes in a way they’re supporting the parade
organizers—and their right to refuse to allow some people in.
“The Westboro Baptist Church is demanding to be allowed to march in Boston’s gay pride parade. The organizers of the parade are citing a 1997 Supreme Court decision which said private groups shouldn’t be forced to accept marchers who disagree with their views and don’t play by their rules.
The organizers said, ‘We would be happy to have them march provided they don’t hold banners saying who they are or hold offensive signs.’ Westboro Baptist said sorry, they would only march if they were allowed to carry banners; they do not agree with the organizers’ stipulation about not holding banners...A bar in Boston agreed with the organizers about their private rights and refused to sell (XXX) beer, who pulled their sponsorship from the parade...”
That’s probably who runs that company. They must be insane for doing this. First off gays don’t drink beer on the scale that straights do, second gays are only a small percentage of the population, third, all Sam Adams is doing is ensuring their sales take a huge nose dive, 4th WHAT THE F DOES THE ST. PADDYS DAYS PARADE HAVE TO DO WITH SEXUALITY??
over the organizers refusal to let gay veterans march ...I’m cornfused. Sam says they will not sponsor if queer veterans can’t march, correct? Organizers say it is for queer things, right? Aren’t the organizers bigoted? Or is this just journalistic malpractice or am I too drunk to understand this issue?
Thanks for the clarification.
the answer to your question is that somehow, homosexuals have become fabulous and special./ so they feel the need to inject homosexuality into other events. They are special in a way which other interest groups are not.
St. Patrick’s Day has nothing to do with homosexuality, but, they insist on injecting gay issues into it. And because we live in a politically correct world now, there is a tendency to give in to the demands of grievance groups such as homosexuals.
Ok just so I understand. What is required to walk in this parade? Can anyone walk in it or does one need proof they are Irish? Obviously they don’t want to celebrate the event or they would just put on something green and fricking walk like a normal person in a parade. They want another public forum to shove their sexuality down people’s throat.
It’s a St Patrick’s parade. Nothing to to homos, alternative lifestyles, etc. I side with the parade group in their decision to keep the focus on the intent and traditions of the event. Liberals always “demanding” this or that doesn’t mean their wants are justified. In fact, they usually are not justified, they are mainly a bunch of attention whores. W/ apologies to whores.
I’d rather have a Yuengling Lager instead...Oh, just puke! Are you from KooKoo County?