DISCUS is committed to providing the industry, and particularly its members, with unparalleled access to education, networking opportunities and advocacy efforts through its live events. DISCUS events spark the in-depth and thought-provoking conversations that will grow your business and drive the industry forward.
DISCUS Annual Conference
October 6-8, 2021
Fairmont, Austin, TX
The DISCUS Annual conference is the premier industry event for America’s spirits industry leaders, decision makers and supply chain partners. Spirits executives and industry stakeholders will share their ideas to drive innovation and decide the future of our sector. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear the latest on mission-critical policies, connect with spirits business executives at networking events, learn from industry thought leaders and walk away with tangible insights to boost your business.
Public Policy Conference
More than 200 participants from 40 states and multiple countries joined the 2021 DISCUS-ACSA Public Policy Conference this week to advocate on key industry objectives. In more than 130 meetings with members of Congress and staff, attendees urged members of Congress to:
- support the need for additional COVID-19 relief funding through the RESTAURANTS Act and Fairness for Craft Beverage Producers Act;
- urge the Administration to work with the EU and UK to secure the return to duty-free trade in distilled spirits; and
- support legislation to enable the U.S. Postal Service to ship beverage alcohol, where permitted by state law.
Attendees also had the opportunity to engage with senior Alcohol, Tobacco, Tax & Trade (TTB) officials, and hear from Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Senator Todd Young (R-IN) on issues affecting the industry. An educational panel on direct to consumer (DTC) shipping of spirits also was also held, which focused on the compliance mechanisms in place to ensure responsible delivery, as well as strict adherence to all applicable federal and state laws.
We are appreciative of all the distillers that took time to advocate on behalf of the industry.
Call for Education & Events Content
In an effort to provide the distilled spirits industry with a variety of quality education, we are now accepting proposed topics for webinars and events. Interested speakers, or students who are looking for expertise, can submit content ideas below.
Recommended Fire Protection Practices for Distilled Spirits Beverage Facilities
Voluntary guidelines intended to offer a reasonable degree of protection from fire and catastrophic damage. A resource for fire marshals, insurance professionals and engineers, architects and contractors employed to design new distilled spirits plants, storage and warehouse facilities.
Free for Members
Summary of State Laws & Regulations Relating to Distilled Spirits
A compilation of laws, regulations and rulings governing the sale and distribution of distilled spirits in each of the fifty states and the District of Columbia.
Government Rate: Individual Subscription
Government Rate: 2-10 Subscriptions