Massachusetts Mayor Boycotts Brewery Named After Founding Father Over Trump Dinner

Sam Adams co-founder said Trump tax cuts leveled playing field against global beer conglomerates

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The mayor of a Massachusetts town recently spat on one of the state’s most iconic independent companies in a fit of anti-Trump rage.

After learning Jim Koch, the co-founder of Sam Adams beer, had dinner with President Trump, Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone proclaimed he’d never imbibe another drop of the beverage.

“I will never drink Sam Adam’s beer again!” said Curtatone, in response to a tweet disparaging Koch.

Mayor Curtatone later shot back at detractors, who pledged to support Sam Adams by consuming the beer.

Last week the Boston Beer cofounder and 12 other business leaders joined the president for a dinner at the White house where they expressed appreciation for recently-enacted tax cut policies.

Koch pointed out independent American-owned brewers like his company were appreciative of the cuts because they helped level the playing field against foreign-owned brewers.

Here’s a transcript of Koch’s unscripted statements via The White House:

MR. KOCH: I’m not quite sure why I’m here. I’m like the smallest company by far. I’m Jim Koch, and I started making Sam Adams beer in my kitchen 37 years ago (inaudible) the designated drink. (Applause.) At least I brought the beer. (Laughter.) (Inaudible.)

And I guess I’m sort of speaking on behalf of what is now 7,000 small brewers in the United States.


MR. KOCH: When I started Sam Adams, American beer was a joke, and it pissed me off. And now, American brewers make the best beer in the world. And the tax reform was a very big deal for all of us, because 85 percent of the beer made in the United States is owned by foreign companies.

THE PRESIDENT: That’s right.

MR. KOCH: I mean, Americans — I’m the largest American-owned brewery at 2 percent market share. We were paying 38-percent taxes —

THE PRESIDENT: Wow. But you’ve done a great job. Great job.

MR. KOCH: — and competing against people who were paying 20. And now we have a level playing field, and we’re going to kick their ass.

THE PRESIDENT: Yeah. That’s good. We’ve done that. That was a very unfair situation. That’s right. Good job. That’s a really good job. (Applause.)

Samuel Adams, the brewery’s namesake, was a Bostonian statesman and former Massachusetts governor who was a key figure in the American Revolution. Adams was a staunch defender of the US Constitution and the right to bear arms.

Watch footage of the dinner:


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