State Guilds

ACSA is proud to support state guilds across the country. P.T. Wood, Wood’s High Mountain Distillery, and Gina Holman, J. Carver Distillery, are the State Guild co-chairs at ACSA. For highlights of state regulatory information, click here.

State Liquor Control Groups Adapting During COVID-19 Pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to hamper business for producers of craft beverages, many state liquor control groups are temporarily suspending certain restrictions on the sales of alcoholic beverages. Click here to see how states are reacting to the pandemic.

Interested in starting a guild? Learn more below.

  • Alabama Craft Distillers Association

    State Guild
    Alabama

    Jim Perkins
    Executive Director

  • Distillers Guild of Alaska

    State Guild
    Alaska

    Lucas Heger
    Skagway Spirits Distillery

  • Arizona Craft Distillers Guild

    State Guild
    Arizona

    Gary Ellam
    Arizona Craft Beverage
    (520) 369-3421

  • Arkansas Distillers Guild

    State Guild
    Arkansas

    Danny Bradley
    Crystal Ridge Distillery
    (501) 627-0722

     

  • California Artisanal Distillers Guild

    State Guild
    California

    Sean Venus
    Venus Spirits
    (408) 373-6522

  • Southern California Distillers Association

    State Guild
    California

    Greg Stark
    Stark Spirits Craft Distillery
    (818) 635-4729

  • San Diego Distillers Guild

    State Guild
    California

    Geoff Longenecker
    Seven Caves Spirits
    (619) 300-1624

  • San Louis Obispo Distillers Guild

    State Guild
    California

    Lola Glossner
    Templeton Distillery
    (805) 286-7344

  • Colorado Distillers Guild

    State Guild
    Colorado

    Meagan Miller
    Talnua Distillery
    (720) 449-6428

  • Connecticut Spirits Trail

    State Guild
    CONNECTICUT

    Tom Dubay
    Hartford Flavor Company
    (860) 338-1642

  • Florida Craft Spirits Association

    State Guild
    Florida

    David Cohen
    Manifest Distilling
    (904) 233-3383

  • Georgia Distillers Association

    State Guild
    Georgia

    Chris Sywassink
    Ghost Coast Distillery
    (912) 704-2707

  • Idaho Distillers Association

    State Guild
    Idaho

    Hilary Mann
    Up North Distillery
    (208) 773-4445

  • Illinois Craft Distillers Association

    State Guild
    Illinois

    Ari Klafter
    Thornton Distilling
    (914) 874-4300

  • Iowa Distillers Alliance

    State Guild
    Iowa

    Pat Hoffmann
    Lonely Oak Distillery
    (712) 579-6756

  • Kentucky Distillers’ Association

    State Guild
    Kentucky

    Eric Gregory
    President

  • Louisiana Distillers Guild

    State Guild
    Louisiana

    Andrew Lohfed
    Roulaison Distilling

  • Maine Distiller’s Guild

    State Guild
    Maine

    Ned Wight
    New England Distilling
    (207) 878-9759

  • Maryland Distillers Guild

    State Guild
    Maryland

    Kevin Atticks
    Executive Director
    (410) 963-4316

  • Massachusetts Distillers Alliance

    State Guild
    Massachusetts

    Andrew Cabot
    Privateer Rum

  • Michigan Craft Distillers Association

    State Guild
    Michigan

    Dianna Stampfler
    Executive Director
    (269) 330-4228

     

  • Minnesota Distillers Guild

    State Guild
    Minnesota

    Mark Schiller
    Loon Liquor Company
    (952) 905-8709

  • Missouri Craft Distillers Guild

    State Guild
    Missouri

    Tara Steffens
    Pinckney Bend Distillery

  • Montana Distiller’s Guild

    State Guild
    Montana

    Ryan Montgomery
    Montgomery Distillery
    (206) 618-3194

  • New Jersey Craft Distillers Guild

    State Guild
    New Jersey

    John Granata
    Jersey Spirits Distilling Co.

  • New Mexico Distillers Guild

    State Guild
    New Mexico

    Scott Feuille
    Taylor Garrett Spirits
    (972) 897-7757

  • New York State Distillers Guild

    State Guild
    New York

    Teresa Casey
    Executive Director
    (518) 253-1000

  • Distillers Association of North Carolina

    State Guild
    North Carolina

    Carol Shaw
    Executive Director
    (919) 272-5372

  • Ohio Distiller’s Guild

    State Guild
    Ohio

    Andrew Lix
    Cleveland Whiskey

  • Oregon Distillers Guild

    State Guild
    Oregon

    Tom Burkleaux
    New Deal Distillery

  • Pennsylvania Distillers Guild

    State Guild
    Pennsylvania

    Kathy Manderino
    Executive Director

  • South Carolina Craft Distillers Guild

    State Guild
    South Carolina

    Campbell Mims
    Director, Association Management and Government Affairs Advisor

  • Tennessee Distillers Guild

    State Guild
    Tennessee

    Sara Beth Urban
    Executive Director

  • Texas Distilled Spirits Association

    State Guild
    Texas

    Mike Cameron
    Devils River Whiskey

  • Distiller’s Guild of Utah

    State Guild
    Utah

    Ashley Cross
    New World Distillery
    (385) 244-0144

  • Distilled Spirits Council of Vermont

    State Guild
    Vermont

    Jeremy Elliot
    Smugglers’ Notch Distillery

  • Virginia Distillers Association

    State Guild
    Virginia

    Gareth Moore
    Virginia Distillery Company
    President

  • Washington Distillers Guild

    State Guild
    Washington

    Mhairi Voelsgen
    BROVO Spirits
    (206) 496-2613

  • Wisconsin Distillers Guild

    State Guild
    Wisconsin

    Anna Maenner
    Executive Director

     

  • Wyoming Distillers Guild

    State Guild
    Wyoming

    Michelle R. Forster
    Executive Director

How to Start a Guild

These are for guidance and educational purposes only.

  1. Review requirements for forming a nonprofit trade organization in your state
  2. Review Articles of Incorporation (view sample) and file to form state nonprofit organization
  3. Determine whether you will file for IRS 501(c)(6) status and file appropriate paperwork as necessary. Please review the following to help in your determination:
  4. Apply for a Federal Employer Identification Number (https://www.irs.gov/businesses/small-businesses-self-employed/apply-for-an-employer-identification-number-ein-online)
  5. Appoint interim Board to adopt Bylaws (view sample)
  6. Hold first meeting and vote for board members and officers
  7. Appoint committees
  8. Open bank account
  9. Inform ACSA!

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