November 1, 2016

Fifteen DC bars take on Trump-backing beer

DCist - A growing number of local [DC] bars have announced a boycott of Yuengling after one of the beer company's chief executives endorsed Donald Trump for president.

“Our guys are behind your father,” owner Dick Yuengling Jr., told Eric Trump during a tour of the Yuengling brewery last week, according to The Reading Eagle. “We need him in there.”

The reaction was swift. The plaintiff in the Supreme Court case that legalized gay marriage in the U.S., Jim Obergefell, took to social media and proclaimed he would no longer be drinking the beer. Dito's Bar manager and Hillary Clinton campaign volunteer Dito Sevilla began sending out the message.

"I started at the gay bars because it was easiest—I know all of the managers," Sevilla says, though he's since branched out to other establishments.

JR's Bar manager David Perruzza posted a video of himself removing the Yuengling beer tap. It has since been viewed nearly 110,000 times and shared more than 1,500 times on Facebook since last Thursday.

"This is a gay bar and I am a gay bar manager, and we do serve Yuengling," Perruzza says in the video, before calling Trump's running mate, Mike Pence, "one of the biggest idiots ever and very anti-gay." He then unscrews the Yuengling tap. "We're saying goodbye to Yuengling at JR's. Just so you know, when people support things that don't support us, then we don't support them."

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