Why a Pittsburgh bar is banning Boston beer
It's all about sports rivalries as the Penguins face off against the Bruins in the semifinal round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
You gotta love sports rivalries, especially when they bring into play important and emotional elements -- like food and beer. According to the Puck Daddy sports blog, one dining establishment in Pittsburgh is banning the sale of the Boston Beer Co.'s (SAM) Sam Adams or "any Boston beers" while the city's Penguins face off against the Boston Bruins, starting this weekend in the National Hockey League's Eastern Conference Final. The winner advances to the Stanley Cup Playoffs Final.
The blog points out this isn't the first time Sam Adams has been subjected to a fan-based boycott. It also happened at a New York sports bar last year, when the New England Patriots and the New York Giants faced off in the Super Bowl.
And Puck Daddy's Greg Wyshynski notes there's a long tradition of NHL cities snubbing Boston during important games against the Bruins.
"Please recall how Canadian restaurant chain Boston Pizza became both Vancouver Pizza and Montreal Pizza during series against the Canucks and Canadiens," he reminds.
"In fact, during the 2010 Stanley Cup Final, a town called Boston Bar in British Columbia changed its name to Vancouver Bar during the series; and (Canadian-born coffee-shop chain) Tim Hortons (THI) would sell only 'Vancouver Crème' doughnuts in the province."
Of course, food-related bets are a popular part of the sports rivalries between cities -- and among lawmakers in Washington, D.C.
Earlier this year, senators from California offered "Dungeness crab, Napa Valley wine, San Francisco's finest sourdough bread and a selection of Northern California cheeses" to their colleagues from Maryland if the Baltimore Ravens beat the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl. Maryland lawmakers countered with crab cakes, "Berger cookies and a cold bottle of Heavy Seas beer to wash down the delicious taste of defeat" if their Ravens fell short (they didn't: Baltimore won, 34-31).
In the meantime, Sam Adams appears to be trying to stay above the Penguins-Bruins fray. It has so far made no mention of the Pittsburgh beer ban on its website.
Copyright © 2014 Microsoft. All rights reserved.
Fundamental company data and historical chart data provided by Morningstar Inc. Real-time index quotes and delayed quotes supplied by Morningstar Inc. Quotes delayed by up to 15 minutes, except where indicated otherwise. Fund summary, fund performance and dividend data provided by Morningstar Inc. Analyst recommendations provided by Zacks Investment Research. StockScouter data provided by Verus Analytics. IPO data provided by Hoover's Inc. Index membership data provided by Morningstar Inc.
[BRIEFING.COM] The stock market ended the holiday-shortened week on a mixed note as the Dow Jones Industrial Average shed 0.1%, while the S&P 500 added 0.1% with seven sectors posting gains.
Equity indices faced an uphill climb from the opening bell after disappointing quarterly results from Google (GOOG 536.10, -20.44) and IBM (IBM 190.04, -6.36) weighed on the early sentiment. Google reported earnings $0.15 below the Capital IQ consensus estimate on revenue of $15.42 ... More
More Market News
Serious issues like drought and the deterioration of the developed world spell opportunity for this industry leader.
MUST-SEE ON MSN
- Video: Easy DIY smoked meats at home
A charcuterie master shares his process for cold-smoking meat at home.
- Jetpacks about to go mainstream
- Weird things covered by home insurance
- Bing: 70 percent of adults report 'digital eye strain'