Mayor of Mass. city boycotts Sam Adams after cofounder thanked Trump for tax cuts

Mayor of Mass. city boycotts Sam Adams after cofounder thanked Trump for tax cuts
Image: Boston Beer Company

This blog is not in the habit of doing product endorsements, but I am urging readers regardless to rush right out and buy a sixpack or two of Samuel Adams beer. Even if you are not a beer drinker, buy a sixpack. I can tell you from personal experience that the summer ale is especially good, with a thick creamy head and a deep, rich flavor.

So why the push to buy Sam Adams? Because the mayor of Somerville, Mass., which is adjacent to Boston, vowed on Sunday that the stuff will never again cross his lips. His reason? One of the founders of Boston Beer Company, which manufactures Samuel Adams, dined with Donald Trump. And if that’s not bad enough, he thanked Trump for his tax cut.

As The Hill notes, Boston Beer co-founder Jim Koch was one of 13 corporate executives who dined with the president at his golf resort in New Jersey Tuesday. Koch personally expressed his gratitude to Trump for the GOP-authored tax cut that he said would help his company compete against foreign brewers.

Koch reportedly claimed during the dinner that the president’s tax-reform measure “was a very big deal” for his company, while noting that “85 percent of the beer made in the United States is owned by foreign companies.”

“I mean, Americans — I’m the largest American-owned brewery at 2 percent market share. We were paying 38 percent taxes … and competing against people who were paying 20. And now we have a level playing field, and we’re going to kick their ass,” Koch said at the dinner.

Yes, Sam Adams stupidly omitted the reference to God in a quote of the Declaration of Independence in a 2013 ad, which was offensive, but it sounds as though they may have seen the light since. Besides, in the current political climate, you have to pick your fights.

If you’re a reader based in Houston, I would also urge you to visit one of the eight branches of Laurenzo’s El Tiempo Cantina. As I reported yesterday, the restaurant mini-chain has been under siege from the Left since the owner posed for a snapshot with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, which apparently is some sort of sin.

If the Left is going to demonize businesses for nothing more their support of the current administration, sane Americans have a responsibility to help these businesses thrive.

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer and regular contributor to "Liberty Unyielding."


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