The Pamalympics

Posted by: on December 27, 2012

USBG to the Rescue:

The Pamalympics

USBG to the Rescue

Hurricane Sandy’s aftermath left damage like many have never seen with lives and businesses lost across the region. With the help of the New York Chapter of the USBG, several bars have worked to clean up and restore, but many more remain shuttered, with sustained structural damages, loss of electrical equipment and more. The efforts of the USBG in particular have received attention and support nationally, with many across the country asking USB…Who?

USBG Boston raised funds and hosted a clothing drive, donating more than a truck-load of clothing; USBG San Francisco is holding a benefit at Local Edition to ‘Help the City by the Bay support the City That Never Sleeps’; Chicago’s Party Rock Cocktail Crew along with SWS mixologist Debbi Peek helped to organize a fundraiser at Salud Tequila Lounge; Louisville, KY bartenders served ‘Hurricanes for the Hurricane’ at various restaurants around the city including Silver Dollar, Rye, Decca, St. Charles Exchange and Meat; members of the USBG Rhode Island drove down to join New York bartenders to aid the cleanup effort; and Miami’s Clarke’s served New York-focused cocktails to help support the USBGNY.

Before Hurricane Sandy hit, PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur partnered with the USBGNY to host the first-ever PAMALYMPICS, seeking to find a champion with the keen taste buds, creativity and the ability to draw a crowd of fans. The event, originally scheduled for Monday, Oct. 29th, was postponed and has now been rescheduled for Monday, Nov. 26th.PAMA has pledged to donate $20 per attendee at the event to support the bartending community and alleviate some of the burden. Funds will go to the USBGNY’s relief fund, which will purchase equipment and cleaning supplies to help businesses get a renewed start.

James Menite (Crown Restaurant), Doug Miller (Culinary Institute of America) and Joshua Perez (Booker & Dax) will compete for a gold medal and a grand prize of $5,000. All will undergo a blind taste test, create a recipe with a secret ingredient, and will share their qualifying cocktail with a crowd of fans who will vote for their favorite cocktail.

If you are in the New York area, show your support for the relief effort of NYC bars and our finalists!
Monday, November 26
4:00 – 6:30pm
Pouring Ribbons
225 Avenue B
New York City


For more information on USBGs relief efforts e-mail USBG NY President, Jason Litrell at or fill out this form to get involved:

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