The Bushwick motto usually tends to be “Drink hard or go home,” which is exactly why local bartender Michael Lush, a 26-year-old from Akron, decided to organize the First Annual Eggnog Drinking Contest at VOID, a somewhat unexpected bar to put on such an event. The stipulations of the contest required that each participant drink a minimum of five bourbon-spiked glasses of eggnog in order to compete.
Upon completing the entry criteria, the contest was narrowed down to six local Bushwickians, five of them men, who would then go on to compete in the back room of the bar. The only female contestant, dainty Erica Appliance, was quickly elmininated from the contest after drinking one more Evan Williams-sponsored glass. She promptly started yakking everywhere and had to be taken to Woodhull by one of her friends.
The remaining five contestants, Rick Beard, James Salmonella, Zaylen Dairy, Pierre Milque and Tony Luvliquor, all started falling like dominoes shortly thereafter. As the owner of the bar, Tres Antisocial, watched on in horror, Michael Lush called 911 so that the participants might be able to make it to the new year. A rinky dink truck with a detached siren showed up hours later to pick up the quintet and haul them to Woodhull to join Erica Appliance, who, by this time had flatlined several times before reviving. In spite of the drama of the first contest, however, Lush told The Burning Bush, “We’ll be holding another contest next year, but we’ll be offering a more enticing prize than a ten dollar bar tab–maybe a ten dollar gift certificate to Pumps instead.”
Written by Genna Rivieccio