What's Shakin' November 13, 2012

The USBGNY Seeks the First-Ever Pamalympian and Helps NYC Bars Re-Open Doors
The world may have to wait four more years for the Olympics in Rio, but the New York Chapter of the U.S. Bartender’s Guild, in partnership with PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur, re-ignites the torch and continues the Games with the first-ever PAMALYMPICS. On Monday, November 26, three finalists from the New York area will have their taste buds challenged; their ingenuity tested and will have to show they can draw a crowd of admirers. MORE>>

Comstock Stays True to Roots While Serving Creative Cocktails
Built shortly after the 1906 earthquake and fire, this historic building has been a saloon since 1907. A plaque outside proudly proclaims it “one of the last of the Barbary Coast saloons — site of the infamous Billy Goat saloon operated by pigeon-toed Sal.” Bar manager Karri Cormican notes that it still has a white-tile spittoon trough that runs the length of the bar under customers’ feet. MORE>>

Some Bars Offer a Taste of Papa’s Gin
AH, 1950: a very good year for Gordon’s gin. What’s that? Gordon’s gin is Gordon’s gin, you say, whether from 1950 or 2012. Spirits aren’t like wines, which vary from vintage to vintage and evolve over time. Distilled liquor is made from the same formula year after year, and once put in the bottle, it’s done — preserved in amber. That, at any rate, has been the conventional wisdom. And until recently, it didn’t matter much if it was true or not, because few people wanted to hunt down a 1950s bottle of Gordon’s and find out. MORE>>

The History of The World's Best Cocktails & Iconic Spirits
Iconic Spirits: An Intoxicating History (Globe Pequot, 2012) chronicles the stories behind some of the world's best cocktails. It's author, Mark Spivak, is an award-winning journalist and self-professed wine geek who specializes in stories about wine, spirits, food, restaurants and culinary travel. In this new book, Spivak shares the untold stories of twelve spirits that virtually changed the world and created the cocktail culture. MORE>>

Speed Racks Competition Postponed
Given the aftereffects of Hurricane Sandy, with New York and New Jersey's priority focus on safely cleaning up and getting back to business, Speed Rack NYC has been postponed. We will instead direct our efforts this weekend to helping our friends and colleagues in the service industry with clean up and rebuilding so they can get back on their feet as soon as possible.  To join us and the organized USBGNY volunteer effort, fill out this form (http://ow.ly/eXsso) and get connected with an establishment that needs your assistance.  Your time and/or money are welcome in this endeavor. Speed Rack will continue as planned in Tucson on November 18 and Tampa and December 3.  Speed Rack New York is tentatively rescheduled for December 10th from 6pm to 10pm. MORE>>

The Bartender Questions: After Hurricane Sandy
Kristen Amendola, 26, Peaches, Brooklyn, New York
Were you open following Sandy this week? We were closed Monday, and opened for dinner on Tuesday with a limited menu. We had some serious damage to our kitchen system. The lid flew off the roof, the whole exhaust system. It's ten feet long on the floor between the buildings now. We can't cook our full menu because a lot of it creates too much smoke. MORE>>

Denver and Boulder bartenders to battle it out at the Cognac Ferrand Master of Hospitality & Mountain Mixology competition at Colt & Gray
On Monday, November 5, Colt & Gray will be the stamping ground for a bartender's dream, especially those who have an affinity for cognac -- very good cognac. Six local cocktail magicians -- Melissa Durant (Green Russell); Carla Chang Sandoval (Hillstone Group); Anthony Giovanni (Gaetano's); Jason Patz (Williams & Graham); Justin Lavenue (Bitter Bar); and Adam Hodak (Bonanno Concepts) -- are participating in a cognac shakedown down, wherein the winner will be crowned the Cognac Ferrand Master of Hospitality and Mountain Mixology, which according to bar man around town Matty Durgin, who's also the brand development liaison for Cognac Ferrand, won't be easy. MORE>>

Behind the Bar: Q & A With Local Bartenders
Brad Witucki of 219 Restaurant - grew up on the streets in Old Town. With a passion for craft cocktails and an appreciation for good blues, his welcoming personality fits in perfectly with the old school vibe. Brennan Adams of A Bar - If you’ve ever had a Strawberry Margarita from El Centro D.F., you have Brennan Adams to thank. The former bar manager and beverage director for Sanibel Restaurants is now doling out concoctions at A Bar in the Avenue Suites Hotel. Jon Schott of Shenanigan’s - Jon Schott is an enthusiastic bartender, ready to change your perception about flair bartenders. Pronounced “shot”, it seems that Schott’s calling was decided long ago. Check out what all three bartenders have to say about the industry. MORE>>




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