If you’re a local bartender, owner, operator, or otherwise affiliated beverage-industry professional, I encourage you to check this opportunity out!
A well-networked group of local restaurant and bar professionals have started the work to officially launch a Raleigh/Durham area chapter of the United States Bartenders’ Guild. I immediately signed up as an affiliated member after attending a few well-organized informational events and am looking forward to seeing how this group continues to grow as they officially become a fully operating local chapter of the United States Bartenders’ Guild! Memberships range from $125 to $150 per year, including an “Enthusiast” level for those not employed within the industry directly, and it looks like the Raleigh chapter is about 80+ paid members strong already.
What is the USBG? via USBG.org:
We believe tending & owning bars is an honorable career choice. Our goal is to empower bartenders to take charge of their careers. We accomplish this through working with our committed partners to enrich the career advancement of our members through peer-to-peer learning, expert instruction, service projects, and competition. Since knowledge is power, our chapters hold cocktail competitions, sponsor intimate seminars with internationally recognized brand representatives, and forge relationships between top bar talent in 50 cities and counting. We offer all our members opportunities to compete, travel around the world, and spread knowledge in the pursuit of elevating our craft.
As one of the local organization’s first official education events, they’ve snagged an incredible industry expert courtesy of North American Spirits & Wine:
Glenmorangie Global Brand Ambassador at C. Grace
On July 7 at 1pm David Blackmore will be hosting an informational session at C. Grace in Downtown Raleigh. This is an amazing opportunity to learn about Glenmorangie and Scotch whisky in general. David is a Global Master Brand Ambassador for Glenmorangie and leads the USA educational program, ntively from Scotland David has worked with Glenmorangie since 2005 and has been awarded Brand Ambassador of the year. We will be offering 35 seats for this event. It will include an informational session as well as Q&A. You must be a paid USBG local member to attend. If you plan to attend please contact Matthew Bettinger via email to reserve a spot.
[Image via WhiskeyAdvocate.com]
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