History

of the Gin Guild

The Guild’s own history is intertwined with gin’s eventful past. The Gin Guild was incorporated by the Worshipful Company of Distillers, one of London’s traditional Livery Companies, incorporated by Royal Charter in 1638.

The historical role of the Worshipful Company of Distillers was to hold key responsibilities for the control and regulation of early gin distillers.

We have a unique, historical link to the gin industry and its historical heart – London. The City remains fundamentally important to gin as the category becomes prominent across the world.

The Worshipful Company of Distillers aims, via the work of the Gin Guild, to be at the heart of the distilling industry to provide and facilitate a wider opportunity for those involved in the gin industry, allowing them to participate in a modern convivial industry forum, whilst reflecting and including many of the traditions of the City of London.

The Gin Guild is the membership body operated by The Gin Guild Limited (“the Guild Company”) a company wholly owned by the Worshipful Company of Distillers, a London Livery company.

The Guild operates to protect, promote and invigorate the distillation of quality “London” Gin (“Gin”), in the UK and worldwide and brings together Gin distillers and industry leaders all involved in the production, promotion, distribution and consumption of Gin, in order to promote and encourage commitment to excellence in Gin distillation and industry custodianship of the spirit category.

The Gin Guild was established in 2012, and at the first installation ceremony was held at The Mansion House, London on the 17th October 2012, in the presence of the Master of the Worshipful Company of Distillers.

 

 

The Gin Guild was established by the Worshipful Company of Distillers to work with Gin distillers from the UK and around the world to provide leadership and focus to the promotion of this exciting spirit category.

The Guild brings together Gin Distillers, Brand Owners and Industry Leaders and other key figures in the industry to promote and encourage commitment to excellence in gin distillation and its global promotion.

If you are involved in the production, marketing, promotion, design, retail, etc of gin, join the Gin Guild and make your voice heard.

Find out more about the Worshipful Company of Distillers: www.distillers.org.uk

Member testimonials

We’re committed to driving excellence in the way that gin is served, as well as in the way it is distilled – because it’s integral that one supports the other.
Duncan McRae,

Hendricks Ambassador to Britain, William Grant & Sons