In direct response to Sam Adams pulling sponsorship from the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, lifelong Southie resident and bar owner Tom Flaherty, 70, will not be serving Sam Adams at The Cornerstone on West Broadway.

On Friday, the Boston Beer Company released a statement reading, “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. We share these sentiments with Mayor Walsh, Congressman Lynch and others and therefore we will not participate in this year’s parade.”

Sam Adams pulled its sponsorship after a compromise could not be made between the parade organizers – the Allied War Veterans and Mass Equality – the LGBTQ rights advocacy group to allow members of the gay community to march openly.

According to Fox 25 news,  Flaherty said, “They can take their float out and they can take their Sam Adams out of my place.”   

Word to the wise, if you’re in the Cornerstone this weekend – just stick to ordering Bud Light.


  1. SouthieResident March 15, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    at the Cornerstone.

  2. M March 15, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    This is a smart business move. Get all of backwards Southie to come to your relatively dead restaurant. Won’t last long term, as I don’t think any Boston bar can survive not selling Sam. But good PR move to strike while the iron is hot.

  3. Anonymous March 15, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    Congrats to the Flaherty Family for taking a stand and supporting our South Boston Veterans. The Cornerstone has great food, drinks and great owners – it always has..And now we have another reason to support them with our business.

  4. Heather R March 15, 2014 at 11:26 pm

    I’m a single woman in Southie and I have to be honest, there are very few bars I feel comfortable in just going out to grab food.  When I meet up with friends, we usually leave Southie and head Downtown or into the South End.  I’m glad that certain bars are coming out as “Old School Southie” and kind of gross and homophobic, because these are bars where like-minded people can go and maybe I, and I’m guessing many other single women, can eventually find the ones that they are avoiding while they are all huddled up at the grubby Cornerstone.

  5. Shorty March 16, 2014 at 1:39 am
    The only bar in Southie that has any balls.

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