Gin Guild adds bartenders and bar owners

Nick Strangeway Nathan O'Neill Gin GuildBartenders and bar owners were among new members who have been welcomed into The Gin Guild which was set up to promote gin and excellence in its production.

The 25 joining the trade body included Nathan O’Neill from London bar Milk & Honey, Nick Strangeway from drinks consultancy Strange Hill, Thomas Aske of consultancy Fluid Movement and London bar The Worship Street Whistling Shop and Peter Meacock, owner of Canary Gin Bar in Bath and creator of Bath Gin.

Others included drinks writer and Sipsmith Gin master distiller Jared Brown, Tom Warner and Sion Edwards of Warner Edwards Gin, Martin and Andy Dawson of Broker’s Gin, Michael Kain and Edward Bramley Kain of Bramley & Gage, Alex and Jane Nicol of Edinburgh Gin, Johnny Neill of Whitney Neill Gin, master distiller Jamie Baxter of 45 West Distillers, Matthew Gilpin of Gilpin’s Westmorland Extra Dry Gin.

They were installed by The Gin Guild grand rectifier Christopher Hayman after they swore a solemn oath reflecting the traditions of the trade guilds of the City of London.

They join a group of the gin industry’s elite including, producers, brand owners, bartenders and industry leaders involved in the production, promotion and distribution of gin.

The event was the fourth installation since The Gin Guild was established in 2012 by the Worshipful Company of Distillers, with membership numbers now exceeding 80.

Christopher, who is also chairman of Hayman Distillers, said: “The spring installation was a great success – we believe it might have been the biggest gathering of gin experts in one room to date.

“We were particularly delighted to welcome new French and Italian members who are helping to make The Gin Guild truly international, and the calibre of members has remained incredibly high – it’s a real honour to be a member.

“We are delighted that there is such enthusiasm for The Gin Guild and what it stands for – promoting excellence in this thriving category.”

Membership is open to a range of gin experts and The Gin Guild welcomes support and participation from new members. There are various classes of membership, from founder wardens who were appointed by each of the four founding companies to warden rectifiers who include distillers, producers and brand owners, and rectifiers who have roles in the wider gin industry, including leading bartenders, journalists, marketing experts and educators.

The 25 new members were:

Jean Battault, managing director of Societé Anonyme des Etablissements Gabriel Boudier
Martin Dawson, founder of Broker’s Gin
Michael Kain of Bramley & Gage
Jane Nicol of Edinburgh gin
Tom Warner, partner of Warner Edwards
Joanne McKerchar, Diageo senior archivist
Julie Brahman, Western Europe gins marketing drector at Diageo
Chris Lock, marketing director for vodka, rum and gin across Western Europe at Diageo
Claire Battault of Gabriel Boudier
Jared Brown, Sipsmith’s master distiller and drinks writer
Andy Dawson of Broker’s gin
Sion Edwards, partner of Warner Edwards
Edward Bramley Kain, co-founder of Bramley & Gage
Alex Nicol of Edinburgh gin
Johnny Neill, creator of Whitney Neill
Nathan O’Neill, head bartender at Milk & Honey in London
Nick Strangeway of bar consultancy Strange Hill
Thomas Aske, co-founder of Fluid Movement, the consultancy that operates London bar The Worship Street Whistling Shop
Alice Lascelles, hard liquor columnist for The Times and a regular Sunday Times contributor
Jamie Baxter, co-owner of 45 West Distillers
Ben Ellefsen of spirits retailer Master of Malt
Allen Gibbons, chief executive of IWSC
Matthew Gilpin, founder of Westmorland Spirits and creator of Gilpin’s Westmorland Extra Dry Gin
Peter Meacock, owner of Canary Gin Bar in Bath and creator of Bath Gin
Maurizio Fanelli Pratali, trade manager for Webb James, an Italian company that supplies key botanicals including juniper to the gin industry

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