NYC bar bans Sam Adams sales during Super Bowl XLVI

01/31/2012 1:51 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

"The Bar That Banned Danny Boy" is also banning Boston
beer during the big game. (
If you're of age and plan on visiting Foley's NY Pub & Restaurant in New York City on Super Bowl Sunday, don't plan on responsibly enjoying one of America's finest craft brews - because "I'll have a Sam Adams" is a request they won't honor.

"In support of Big Blue, we will be banning the sale of Sam Adams and anything Boston-related during the game," Foley's owner Shaun Clancy said. "We are encouraging them instead to order Brooklyn Ale, which is brewed here in New York. The New York vs. Boston trash talking has already begun, and we're supporting our home city!"

Clancy also added that there is no malice intended behind the ban, just a little Super Bowl fun. New Yorkers may know that Foley's is the bar that made headlines in 2008 for banning the singing of "Danny Boy" on St. Patrick's Day, but Yankees fans may also know the establishment across from the Empire State Building as the locale of the "Swish & Chips" platter - from which a portion of every sale is donated to Nick Swisher's "Swish's Wishes" Fund.

In addition to the Adams axe (and a safe bet that New England Clam Chowder probably won't be the soup du jour this weekend), Clancy has also made a friendly wager with Ken Casey, the owner of Beantown sports bar McGreevy's, centered around another pub staple.

The two bars have offered the proceeds from all the shepherd's pie they sell on Super Sunday, with the loser donating that total to the winner's charity of choice. Should there be a repeat of Super Bowl XLII, Casey will donate McGreevy's pie pay to Yankee reliever David Robertson's High Socks for Hope Foundation, which aids the victims of last year's tornadoes in the pitcher's hometown of Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

In addition, the losing bar owner will have to travel to the winner's city and work a shift at their bar while wearing the other team's jersey.

"Clancy better add some red and white to all that blue he's wearing, because he's going to be making a 200 mile drive north, wearing a Tom Brady jersey, and pouring us pints of Sam Adams," said Casey, who also happens to be the frontman for the popular Boston-based punk rock band Dropkick Murphys.

The Murphys will be in the New York Metro area in early March for their St. Patrick's Day Tour, and you can certainly count Clancy among the Big Blue faithful who hope that Mr. Casey ships back up to Boston a little more blue than before. comments