Super Bowl: NYC bar bans Sam Adams for game

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A New York sports bar across the street from the Empire State Building has declared prohibition against Boston's own Samuel Adams beer during the Super Bowl in another chapter of the infamous Boston-New York rivalry.

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"It did hit a nerve," Shaun Clancy, owner of Foley's Pub and Restaurant in Midtown Manhattan, told CBS Radio station WBZ-AM in Boston, "but, I mean, there was no malice intended."

Clancy told the Yankees' YES Network that he'll urge bar patrons to buy beers made at New York's Brooklyn Brewery as a substitute to the Beantown brew on the day the New York Giants square off against the New England Patriots in Indianapolis.

The ban comes amid a pair of friendly wagers between Clancy and Ken Casey, the owner of Boston bar McGreevy's. Proceeds from shepherd's pie sales at both bars on Super Bowl Sunday will go to the charity of the winning bar's choice. Also, the losing bar owner will work a shift at the winning bar while wearing the winning team's jersey.

"Clancy better add some red and white to all that blue he's wearing," Casey told YES, "because he's going to be making a 200-mile drive north, wearing a Tom Brady jersey and pouring us pints of Sam Adams."

  • Alex Sundby

    Alex Sundby is an associate news editor for


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