It’s concert season and everyone is out on the road including fervent right-winger/Trump supporter/gun freak/anti-woke advocate /anti-vaxxer/transphobic Ted Nugent. We can now probably add “anti-craft beer critic.”
There are plenty of places across the US where audiences share his views, including (you’d think) in the South. It doesn’t get much for South than Alabama. Booking a gig in a brewery in Birmingham should have been a safe sellout. Uh, no.
One day before tickets were to go on sale, the show was canceled after Avondale Brewery’s Facebook page was bombarded with at least a thousand comments complaining about Nugent. Their Instagram page also got bombed with negativity. This includes threats from bars that serve Avondale’s beer to drop its brews if it insisted on hosting the concert.
One such establishment, Al’s on 7th, wrote this.
“Al’s will no longer purchase any beer from Avondale Brewing Company nor Good People Brewing Company, Avondale will be hosting a Ted Nugent concert in July. Nugent has recently made serious transphobic comments.”
When the cancelation was announced, Avondale Brewing wrote “We have heard the concerns of the Avondale community, which is so important to us, and in conjunction with our partners, have taken the necessary steps to to cancel the Ted Nugent concert scheduled for July 18.”
As reader Rick J points how: “How radically right-wing do you have to get canceled in Alabama?” And is Kid Rock going to machine-gun a stack of Avondale beer in protest?