Thursday, May 31, 2018

Springs bartenders launch new U.S. Bartenders' Guild chapter

Posted By on Thu, May 31, 2018 at 10:00 AM

click to enlarge The Colorado Springs Bartenders Guild Council. From left, Jarod Boyer, Secretary, Dylan Currier, Treasurer, Maggie O'Leary, Vice President, Emillio Ortiz, President. - TYLER GRIMES
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  • The Colorado Springs Bartenders Guild Council. From left, Jarod Boyer, Secretary, Dylan Currier, Treasurer, Maggie O'Leary, Vice President, Emillio Ortiz, President.
After a year of visioning, months of gathering signatures and individual organizing efforts, the Springs is ready to welcome a new chapter of the US Bartenders' Guild (USBG), a national organization advancing the bartending profession.

The push behind the Colorado Springs Bartenders' Guild (CSBG) began last year after Carlos Garcia, tasting room manager for Lee Spirits Company and Brooklyn’s on Boulder, attended a USBG regional conference. Garcia then approached Dylan Currier of Sakura Speakeasy about forming a Colorado Springs chapter. In November, they began collecting signatures with the help of Broadmoor sommelier Jarod Boyer, Emillio Ortiz of 503w, and Maggie O’Leary of Stir Coffee & Cocktails and Axe and the Oak Distillery.

“The thing that I love about the Bartenders' Guild is it’s taking that spirit that’s in the coffee community here, that’s in the cocktail community here, that’s in the beer community here, and it’s kind of fanning the flame of that, saying, ‘let’s make this efficient,'” says Boyer. “Let’s take that spirit that exists in Colorado Springs and let’s really do something with it. Let’s really promote the nature of this city together.”

The USBG requires 40 members to become a pending chapter — CSBG now has 80-plus members, making it the seventh-largest chapter in the Southwest region, the largest region in the USBG. Still, Currier says they are aiming for 100 members by the end of the year. Letters of incorporation pending, CSBG will become the second Colorado chapter of the United States Bartenders' Guild, Denver-based Colorado Bartenders' Guild being the other.

The goal is to create training, networking and career advancement opportunities for local bartenders and hospitality professionals. Ortiz, CSBG council president, says the group wants to partner with the local community to host bartending competitions, seminars, trainings and educational tastings.

To celebrate, CSBG is hosting a launch party on Sunday, June 3, at the Ivywild School, which will include food, international drink sampling and prizes, with a members-only after party to follow. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door and free for members. All proceeds go to supporting CSBG and UpaDowna. Click here for more info.

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