A Sam Adams neighbor has a message for Jim Koch, and he can (probably) see it
Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone isn’t the only one upset with Boston Beer Co. founder Jim Koch’s praise for President Trump’s corporate tax cuts.
Jeremy Phillips, who lives behind the Samuel Adams brewery in Jamaica Plain, got so mad he and his 15-year-old son strung up a banner on the side of their house.
“SHAME! SAM ADAMS [heart] TRUMP SHAME!” the sign says in big red and black letters.
The sign, spray-painted on a white bed sheet, is easily visible from the parking lot at the brewery on Germania Street. It went up on Sunday, the same day Curtatone, a progressive Democrat, vowed on Twitter never to drink Sam Adams beer again.
Phillips and his son, Julian Kennedy, said they were not influenced by Curtatone’s personal boycott. The two are in “a constant state of outrage” over Trump’s policies, particularly on immigration, he said.
They love Jamaica Plain “for its diversity and acceptance,” Phillips said, and are offended that Koch would voice any support for a president whose views could harm residents of their neighborhood.
“He’s not thinking of Jamaica Plain when he goes to that meeting,” Phillips, 50, said of Koch’s presence of the meeting last week at Trump’s New Jersey golf club. “He needs to wake up a little bit.”
Their home’s location on Jess Street, facing the back of the brewery, “presented a unique opportunity” for them to display their displeasure with Koch, and be “critical of the administration,” Kennedy said.
The banner has caught the eye of Sam Adams’ officials.
On Tuesday, Phillips said he got a call from Jennifer Glanville, the manager of Boston Beer Co. She said that Koch attended the Trump meeting to support craft brewers, Phillips recalled.
Neither Glanville nor Jessica Paar, director of public relations for Boston Beer Co., could be reached for comment Tuesday night.
Phillips said he told Glanville that he found Koch’s comments “heinous” and a “a tacit endorsement of this administration and its policies.”
He followed up with an e-mail to Glanville asking for Koch to apologize for attending the meeting and his support of the tax cuts. (The Globe reported last week that, in the most recent quarter, Boston Beer Co.’s tax rate fell to 28 percent from 36 percent last year, largely because of Trump’s tax cuts.)
Phillips also said he recommended Koch “explain that he supports immigrant families, muslims, African-Americans, [LGBT] communities, students, the environment, and women.”
And he’d like to see Koch share any increased profits he’s earned from Trump’s tax cuts to organizations helping people harmed by the president’s policies. Those organizations include, Phillips said, the “Student Immigrant Movement, Color of Change, Environmental Defense Fund, and the ACLU.”
“We want to see him learn and leverage the situation,” Phillips said.
Until then, Phillips said he will not drink any Samuel Adams beer. But, he’ll be “glad to again if we get the response we want.”