Having lived through a hurricane once before, Tail Up Goat co-founder Jill Tyler has recruited nearly two dozen local restaurants and bars to create Caribbean-themed drinks that will contribute to helping the U.S. Virgin Islands rebuild after Hurricane Irma.
Washington City Paper reports that Tyler, who spent her formative years in St. Thomas, still has family in the region and knows how disastrous these types of storms can be. "We didn’t have power for months. Our roof was a blue FEMA tarp,” she told WCP about the devastation wrought by Hurricane Hugo when she was a child.
Her solution this time around: donating $1 per Painkiller sold at Tail Up Goat to relief efforts until power is restored to the islands. She’s asked others to do the same for at least one month, and she’s gotten several takers, including: 2 Amys, All-Purpose, Boundary Stone, Bourbon (Bluegrass Bird), Chez Billy Sud, Convivial (Bad Irma cocktail), DGS Delicatessen (mai tai variant), District Winery, Doi Moi (pina colada), Hazel, Hill Prince (mai tai variant), Himitsu (painkiller), Osteria Morini (Caribbean Brezza), Petworth Citizen, Red Hen (Skinny Legs), Room 11, Sally’s Middle Name, and Whaley’s (mai tai variant).
Many bars and restaurants banded together a few weeks back to support those harmed by Hurricane Harvey.