The United States Bartenders Guild
United Kingdom Bartenders' Guild of London was the origin of the United
States Bartenders Guild. In 1948 a small group of Southern California Bartenders
who were "overseas" members founded a local branch of that organization
in Los Angeles. Then, as now, the organization was devoted to professional,
fraternal, and social activities.
Soon the California branch undertook a full range of activities, including
the annual Cocktail Competition, with the winners being awarded the privilege
to compete in the International Cocktail Competitions.
By September 1961, the California group had grown large enough to form
an independent organization. That year the International Bartenders' Association
(I.B.A.) granted a charter to the United States Bartenders' Guild (U.S.B.G.)
as the exclusive affiliate of the I.B.A. in the United States. Six years
later, competing against champions from two continents, a member of the
U.S.B.G. was chosen winner of the 1967 World Championship.
Guild membership is a valuable asset that provides recognition to and
validation of the highly qualified professional bartender.