Baltimore Sun: Baltimore Bartenders' Guild Prepares Inaugural EventFebruary 21, 2012
From The Baltimore Sun:
For over a year, a group of local bartenders have been informally meeting as Baltimore's first guild for mixologists.
They've been operating under the radar for most of that time, only quietly launching a website a month ago. But they will make their big entrance Sunday with their inaugural event, a fundraiser and cocktails showcase at B&O American Brasserie.
Dubbed the Baltimore Bartenders' Guild, the group includes some of the most well-known bartenders in the city and some of the most high-profile - Brendan Dorr of B&O, Adrian Ross-Boom of Wit & Wisdom, and Doug Atwell of Rye. So far, there are 15 members from 11 bars, including one that hasn't opened yet.
It is a working trade group, one where its members talk shop and liquor vendors sometimes present new products. But it's also supposed to work as a hip cheerleader of craft cocktails in Baltimore.
Dorr says organizing quality drink-makers as an official trade group could make Baltimore a destination as a craft cocktail scene, much the way New York and San Francisco are, and Washington D.C. is becoming; D.C., for instance, launched its own guild four years ago.
"We can still be a beer town, but we can also be a cocktail town," Dorr said.
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