Sam Adams pulls out of Boston St. Patrick’s parade

FILE - In this Friday, March 17, 2006 file photo, members of the Irish-American gay community protest on Fifth Avenue against the exclusion of Irish and Irish-American gays people from marching in the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York. In 2014, mayors of New York and Boston say they’ll boycott St. Patrick’s Day parades to protest policies on gay groups. (AP Photo/Dima Gavrysh)

BOSTON (AP) — The maker of Sam Adams beer says it is withdrawing its sponsorship of Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day parade because organizers exclude gay groups.

Boston Beer Co. said in a statement Friday that it is disappointed that an agreement couldn’t be reached between the gay rights advocacy group MassEquality and parade organizers that would have allowed gay veterans to march.

The decision also came a day after a bar in Boston’s South End said it would no longer serve Sam Adams beer because of the brewer’s affiliation with the parade, which is scheduled for Sunday.

Mayor Martin Walsh has been trying to broker a deal that would have allowed a gay group to march, but those negotiations broke down.

The parade organizers’ phone went unanswered Friday.

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