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Massachusetts Mayor Claims Sam Adams Is Profiting Off Trump's 'White Nationalist Agenda'

Taking a tax break now amounts to taking a side.

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Joseph Curtatone, the Democratic mayor of Somerville, Massachusetts, is calling on city residents to boycott the beer company Sam Adams for profiting off President Trump's "white nationalist agenda."

Boston Business Journal reports that Sam Adams founder Jim Koch and other business executives dined with the president last Wednesday. During dinner, Koch reportedly thanked the president for a tax cut that would greatly help his business compete against foreign brewers. According to the report, Koch told Trump, "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." He added that American beer companies paid 38 percent in taxes while foreign competitors paid 20 percent.

An angered Curtatone tweeted a promise to boycott Sam Adams beer. He also wrote, "We need to hold these complicit profiteers of Trump's white nationalist agenda accountable."

There have been significant changes in favor of American beer recently. Last year, Reason's Christian Britschgi reported that a bipartisan Senate tax reform bill cut taxes for brewers, vintners, and distillers—in some cases by half. Additionally, the bill would ease some regulations on things such as bookkeeping and easier transportation between distilleries. The law went into effect at the beginning of 2018.

"That would have a huge impact on our business," Julie Verratti, co-founder of Denizens Brewing Company, said. "Any type of alleviation is huge for us."

As Reason's Scott Shackford previously reported, this is not the first time a popular beer faced criticism from a Democratic politician for its proximity to Trump. After Dick Yuengling Jr. of the Yuengling brewery welcomed Eric Trump to the brewery in 2016, Pennsylvania state Rep. Brian Sims responded with, "Goodbye Yuengling and shame on you." Though Yuengling Jr. said a Trump presidency would help create more companies like his, Sims dismissed his support as "anti-woman, anti-immigrant, anti-LGBT, anti-racial minority and anti-equality."

Following the tweet storm, Curtatone addressed critics who promised to make Sam Adams their beer of choice.

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65 responses to “Massachusetts Mayor Claims Sam Adams Is Profiting Off Trump's 'White Nationalist Agenda'

  1. You will make more enemies than you can fathom if you attack Big Beer.

    1. People who would drop or drink a beer brand for political reasons aren’t beer lovers and have the attention span of senile dogs, and will probably forget all about the fad in a week.

      1. I happily drank Stoly back when it was the only good vodka available and made by the no shit commies.

      2. *shrug*

        I drink enough beer that I must be at least fond of it, if not a “lover”, perhaps.

        But I plan to go buy a 6-pack of Sam Adams from this.

        I mean… I have to have something to drink tonight anyway. 😉

  2. You’re a turd, Mr. Curtatone.

  3. The virtue signals by the unhinged is nearing comical proportions.

  4. white nationalist agenda? beer? dude, no.

    >>>bipartisan Senate tax reform bill cut taxes for brewers, vintners, and distillers?in some cases by half

    keep going.

  5. Maybe he should dump it in the harbor.

    1. Would it be racist if Lizzie Warren were to dump the beer?

      1. What if people dressed up as Ms. Warren dumped the beer in the harbor? Is that cultural appropriation of a white woman culturally appropriating native Americans?

        1. Or is it political appropriation of the real Sam Adams? Is that as bad as cultural appropriation?

          1. Everyone is appropriating everything now. Damn bigots

    2. “No appropriation without representation!”

      I need to work on a better slogan.

  6. I’m going to drink my last, saved Sam Adams Octoberfest from last year’s batch (now that it’ll be coming around again soon) to Mr Koch and his continued success.

  7. The thing about Sam Adams is that all of their beers are pretty good except for their original product, Boston Lager, which is a hoppy suckfest. I guess White Nationalists love hops or something.

    1. Is Zeb okay?

      Between the article and people casting shade on hops, I figured the signal was lit and he’d be out busting heads.

    2. I don’t care for most of their varieties – they all taste vaguely similar to Boston Lager. I do miss their honey porter, and some of the holiday beers are good.

  8. I’m guessing this Curtatone motherfucker drinks Zima.
    And what kind of fucking douchebag chooses beer based on political connect-the-dots?

    1. And what kind of fucking douchebag chooses beer based on political connect-the-dots?

      http://www.oregonlive.com/nfl/…..all_f.html

      Supporters of President Donald Trump are calling for a boycott of Budweiser after the beer giant released a commercial chronicling the journey of Adolphus Busch, its immigrant founder who came to the United States from Germany in the 1800s.

      1. Supporters of President Donald Trump are calling for a boycott of Budweiser after the beer giant released a commercial chronicling the journey of Adolphus Busch, its immigrant founder who came to the United States from Germany in the 1800s.

        That doesn’t even make any sense. I thought they considered Germans to be the “good” kind of immigrants. You know, “not brown?” /ducks

        1. I thought Adolf was bad or something. Do you want a country full of Adolfs?

      2. Budweiser should be boycotted on general principle, irrespective of where the founder was born.

        1. Exactly. I’ve been boycotting it for years because it sucks.

        2. Bud’s Chelada Picante is great stuff.

      3. It’s easy to collect a few crazy tweets and make a story out of it.

    2. I’m guessing this Curtatone motherfucker drinks Zima.

      Either that or Bartles and James. Or maybe white wine spritzers.

      1. Perrier

      2. And after one, he’s totally drunk and starts crying.

        1. Hey, you need to stop talking about me like that.

      3. You right-wing yahoos know that Jim Koch makes most of his money these days from products such as Twisted Tea Frosted Cherry, Angry Orchard Rose, Coney Island Orange Cream, Twisted Tea Strawberry Lime, Coney Island Cotton Candy, and various flavors of alcowater (blueberry, acai, polemo), right?

        His beers have faltered to the point at which they are far less than half of his company’s portfolio. Jim’s days as a craft brewer profiting from high-quality products are behind him. He’s a mega-swill producer now.

        1. And all that has *what* to do with Trump, Rev?

          The particulars of Sam Adams brews also have nothing to do with the fact that Joseph Curtatone is a fucking cucktarded shitknuckle of the worst stripe.

        2. No one cares. I never liked his stuff much anyway. But you put a Newcastle in front of me, I might even kiss your sorry ass.

        3. So what you’re saying is that Koch is making money by diversifying his business and offering a variety of products?

          You’re not very good at this “business” thing–must be what makes you a hicklib.

          1. Jim Koch made a great show for many years of being a “quality-focused” brewer of “better beer” who would never sell a beer the likes of Bud Light or Miller Lite, who would never compromise his standards, who would never put his beer in cans because glass is a superior container for quality, etc. etc. etc.

            Now he mostly isn’t even a brewer, making millions on Twisted Tea, Coney Island alcosodas, and Truly alcowaters.

            I’m surprised you didn’t know this, you bigoted, stale-thinking yahoo.

        4. The last Sam Adams beer I ever had was their Triple Bock. Way too much money and absolutely undrinkable. I’m still recovering twenty some years later.

          1. The Triple Bock was a lousy product (with great presentation) at inception but became much better with age, to my taste. After seven or eight years it became drinkable and after 10 or 12 years it became excellent. I have about seven bottles left and will miss the inventory when it is gone.

      4. Or cosmopolitans. Maybe appletinis.

    3. The FDA needs to update labeling mandates to include social justice ratings.

      1. Today’s punchline is tomorrow’s headline.

  9. Vaffanculo, you mafioso lookin’ sfaccim.

  10. Got some people insisting they’re going to make Sam Adams their beer of choice now because of something I tweeted. No, they won’t.

    It’s easier to go buy a 6 pack, than to stop buying something you weren’t even buying in the first place. Watch this backfire.

    This guy sounds especially stupid, so I’d love it if he keeps talking.

    1. That “No, they won’t” is a Costanza-grade comeback.

      “Oh, yeah? Well, the jerk store called…”

  11. Well it’s just some tweets. It’s not like official policy or anything.

    1. Geez, they better hope he doesn’t engage the massive bureacratic machinery of Somerset against his business! He might be looking down the barrel of a “sternly worded City Council resolution”.

  12. Massachusetts-so glad I left….
    That said-I don’t care much for most Sam Adams beers, except their Boston Lager and its too hot right now to enjoy that, so I will crack open a Yeungling when I get home, which also is on the TDS boycott list.

  13. The funniest part of Curtatone’s little bitch-fit is that Sam Adams was an ardent anti-Catholic white nationalist.

    1. You know who else was a white nationalist?

  14. What’s amusing is they stole the recipe from a St. Louis based brewery

  15. Is the Mass governor sounding just like Trump on purpose, or does he tweet just like Trump?

    1. Heh. “Massacheusetts Governor Curtatone”, in his fucking dreams.

      Mayor of Somerset, a town which MIGHT be 20k people in the next census. (I think we can assume a vote total of

      1. Mayor of Somerville, MA, Large suburb of Boston. Full of students and lefties, right next to Cambridge.

        Somerset is a much smaller town in the southeast part of Massatwoshits, near Fall River and New Bedford.

  16. I’ll have a Samuel L. Jackson.

    1. Heh. “What’s with all these muthafuckin’ Nazis, drinkin’ this muthafuckin’ beer?”

    2. I’ll have the same. It’ll get you drunk. You’ll be fucking fat chicks in no time!!!

  17. The Mayor should thank him for creating a successful company and jobs that generate taxable income from the employees. But in liberal logic he is a bad guy for wanting to keep a little more of the money that his company earns.

  18. Shut up Joe.

    You idiot.

    Grow up.

  19. This guy needs to down some molotov cocktails with his Antifa buddies as fellow shitbag progressives.

  20. Lagunitas, now there’s proper libertarian brewery.

  21. The best part of this story to my mind is that when asked for a follow-up response by the Boston Globe, Mayor Curtatone’s office responded that he was out of town. Where might he be? Well, as the mayor of a Boston suburb with a population of 75,000, he quite naturally is on “a trip to El Salvador and Honduras to shed light on living conditions in each country, with the intent the effort could help prevent Trump from ending Temporary Protected Status for immigrants from Central America.” Right. Where else would he be? No wonder he is upset about domestic beer makers getting a tax cut: that’s a bit less money in the trough from which he feeds!

  22. The flagrant idiocy of the Political Class continues to entertain.

    “Got some people insisting they’re going to make Sam Adams their beer of choice now because of something I tweeted. No, they won’t.”

    Huh? Why not? Because you are magically going to change their minds for them? Are you a psionic mind controller? Or merely a fool?

    “People say this new soda tax will raise prices as the sellers pass on the increase. No they won’t.”

    Of course they will, you witless stooge. That’s how the market WORKS!

    “People say that (pointless Leftwing measure) will (obvious and logical consequence). No it won’t.”

    You know, King Canute made a show of trying to command the tides to show his flattering courtiers that secular power was insignificant. Pity you never learned that lesson you blathering, ostentatiously stupid, posturing buttinsky.

  23. Next thing you know this guy will be the third Koch brother.

    1. I always assumed that Dr. Jonathan Crane (“Scarecrow” in the Batman stories) was the brother that Drs. Frasier and Niles Crane never talked about).

    2. I always assumed that Dr. Jonathan Crane (“Scarecrow” in the Batman stories) was the brother that Drs. Frasier and Niles Crane never talked about).

      1. That would be awesome.

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