The manufacturers of Sam Adams Beer have withdrawn their support for this weekend St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Boston after parade organizers refused to let gay Irish American groups march in the parade. Boston Beer Company announced their decision in a statement and said they pulled out of the parade as a sign of respect for LGBT veterans.
“We have been participating in the South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade for nearly a decade…We’ve done so because of the rich history of the event and to support veterans who have done so much for this country,” wrote the company. “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.
Boston Beer Company initially felt pressure from Club Cafe in South Boston, which announced they would stop serving Sam Adams beer if they remained associated with the parade despite the refusal to let gay Irish groups march. The cafe wrote on their Facebook page that they were “disappointed that Sam Adams does not understand that the organizers of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade continue to demonstrate that they do not respect LGBT Irish Americans by excluding LGBT members of this community from openly marching in the St.Patrick’s Day Parade.”
The parade organizers have not publicly commented on the Boston Beer Company withdrawing their support from the event.