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Take that, Sam Adams. Southie pub shows Sam Adams by not selling it.

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.

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Maureen Dahill

Maureen Dahill is the editor of Caught in Southie and a lifelong resident of South Boston sometimes mistaken for a yuppie. Co-host of Caught Up, storyteller, lover of red wine and binge watching TV series. Mrs. Peter G. Follow her @MaureenCaught.


  1. M says

    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.

  2. Anonymous says

    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.

  3. Heather R says

    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.