Distillery Guilds, Associations, & Social Groups

The Distillery industry in the United States has seen tremendous growth in recent years with the emergence of small craft distilleries and a renewed interest in spirits like whiskey, bourbon, gin, and rum. As the industry has grown, so has the number of organizations dedicated to promoting and supporting it. These organizations include distillery guilds, associations, and social groups. Each serves a unique function and purpose within the industry. Their common goal is to advance the distillery industry and promote growth, product transparency, and distiller interests. Click any link below to learn more about each guild, association, and social group in the distillery scene. Guilds, Associations, and social groups are just as important to the consumer as they are to the distiller. Dive in now and always drink locally, responsibly. 

  • What is a distillery guild?

A distillery guild is an organization that represents the interests of distilleries in a particular region or industry.

  • What do distillery guilds do?

Distillery guilds typically perform a range of functions, including lobbying for legislation that benefits distilleries, providing education and resources for distillery owners and operators, organizing events and tastings, and facilitating networking opportunities between members.

  • Why are distillery guilds important?

Distillery guilds are important for several reasons. They provide a unified voice for distilleries, offer benefits and resources to their members, and help promote the growth and development of the industry as a whole.

  • How do distillers join a guild or association? 

Distilleries can usually join a distillery guild by completing an application and paying membership dues. The specific requirements may vary depending on the guild.

  • Is there a distillery guild in every state in the United States?

Not every state has a distillery guild, but many do. Some states have multiple guilds that represent different regions or types of distilleries.

  • What do distillery associations do?

Distillery associations typically serve a similar function to distillery guilds. They represent the interests of distilleries and promote the growth and development of the industry. The specific activities may vary depending on the association.

  • Are there social groups I can join that are tailored toward craft spirits, local distilleries, or a specific spirit like bourbon, whiskey, gin, etc.?

Yes, there are many social groups dedicated to craft spirits, bourbon, or other distilled products in the United States. These groups may include enthusiasts, collectors, and industry professionals. Some examples include the American Distilling Institute, the Bourbon Women Association, and Bourbon Brotherhood, and more. 

Click on the links below to learn more about each distillery guild, distillery association, or social group dedicated to the distillery industry or craft spirit scene. Enjoy local, responsibly. 

Distillery Guild and Association list in the USA

Alabama Craft Distillers Association

Distillers Guild of Alaska

Arizona Craft Distillers Guild

Arkansas Distillers Guild

California Distillers Artisanal Distillers Guild

Southern California Distillers Association

San Diego Distillers Guild (California)

San Luis Obispo Distillers Guild (California)

Colorado Distillers Guild

Connecticut Spirits Trail

Florida Craft Spirits Association

Georgia Distillers Association

Idaho Distillers Association

Illinois Craft Distillers Association

Indiana Distillers Guild

Iowa Distillers Alliance

Kentucky Distillers Association

Louisiana Distillers Guild

Maine Distillers Guild

Maryland Distillers Guild

Massachusetts Distillers Alliance

Michigan Craft Distillers Association

Minnesota Distillers Guild

Missouri Craft Distillers Guild

Montana Distillers Guild

New Jersey Craft Distillers Guild

New Mexico Distillers Guild

New York State Distillers Guild

Distillers Association of North Carolina 

Ohio Distillers Guild

Oregon Distillers Guild

Pennsylvania Distillers Guild

South Carolina Craft Distillers Guild

Tennessee Distillers Guild

Texas Distilled Spirits Association

Texas Whiskey Association

Distillers Guild of Utah

Distilled Spirits Council of Vermont

Virginia Distillers Association

Washington Distillers Guild

West Virginia Distillers Guild

Wisconsin Distillers Guild

Wyoming Distillers Guild

American Beverage Licensees

American Craft Spirits Association

American Distilled Spirits Alliance

American Distilling Institute

American Single Malt Whiskey Commission

Distilled Spirits Council of the United States

Distillers Grains Technology Council

National Alcohol Beverage Control Association

National Association of Beverage Importers


United States Bartenders Guild

Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America

Women of the Vine and Spirits

Black Bourbon Society

Bourbon Brotherhood

Bourbon Women Association