Get Involved with Policy & Advocacy for Distilled Spirits

The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) is the leading national trade association for distilled spirits producers, importers, and marketers in the United States. DISCUS serves as distillers’ advocate on legislative, regulatory and public affairs issues impacting the spirits industry at the local, state, federal and international levels.

However, the distilled spirits industry faces legislative and regulatory challenges that impact responsible adult consumers, including punitive taxes, international trade barriers and tariffs, and restrictions on consumer convenience.

We’re eager to partner with a growing number of advocates to address these issues. Here are a few ways you can join the fight:

LAST CALL: CBMTRA Day of Action on Tuesday, December 1st, 2020

On Tuesday, December 1st, we will be coming together as an industry and a community for a LAST CALL: CBMTRA Day of Action, with the goal of urging Congress to #StopCraftTaxIncreases before the current federal excise tax (FET) rate expires on December 31, 2020. We need your help to mobilize your CONSUMERS, SUPPLIERS, and anyone else in your network and encourage them to contact their members of Congress and tell them that distillers need tax relief in 2021.

Please CLICK HERE for turn-key communications to send to your consumers, suppliers, and entire network on Tuesday, December 1st. Please CLICK HERE for social media assets. 

We hope you will join us! Contact Hannah Cooper, Director of Digital Advocacy at [email protected] with any questions.

Join Spirits United

Spirits United is an online community of grassroots advocates united with a common goal to ensure adult consumers can enjoy distilled spirits where they want, how they want, and when they want, responsibly. Spirits United brings together professionals in the distilled spirits industry, supply chain and industry partners, bartenders, mixologists, and customers to participate in the democratic process and advocate for the spirits sector.

You can join Spirits United by visiting! United, we can secure a more modern and accessible consumer market for the distilled spirits industry.

If you have any questions about Spirits United or want to engage your employees, friends, family, or colleagues in Spirits United, please don’t hesitate to contact Hannah Cooper, Director of Grassroots, at [email protected].

Take an Active Role in Advocating for the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (CBMTRA, H.R. 1175/S. 362)

Are you a distiller who relies on your tax savings from the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (CBMTRA) to reinvest back in your employees, business, and community? A one-year extension of CBMTRA will EXPIRE on December 31, 2020, meaning that craft distillers across the nation could face a 400% tax increase.

Download the Spirits United CBMTRA Advocacy Toolkit! This toolkit serves as a road map for distillers to engage their employees, consumers, and supply chain partners as we work together to make the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act permanent.

If you have any questions about the toolkit, please contact Hannah Cooper, Director of Grassroots, at [email protected], Jessie Brady, Director of Federal Government Relations, at [email protected], or Kelly Poulsen, VP of Federal Government Relations, at [email protected].

Attend the Public Policy Conference in Washington, D.C.

DISCUS and the American Craft Spirits Association will again host a Public Policy Conference in Washington, D.C. on September 14-16.  Distillers from across the country will gather in D.C. to talk to lawmakers about making the CBMTRA permanent and issues affecting their businesses.  Plan to join us in D.C. to make a difference on behalf of the industry!  

Invite your Members of Congress to Visit Your Distillery

When Members of Congress aren’t in Washington, D.C., they are visiting businesses in their district or state to better understand how the decisions they make on Capitol Hill affect their constituents. Hosting a member of Congress for a tour of your distillery is a great way for them to learn firsthand how distilleries operate, your businesses’ contribution to the community, and how your business is impacted by certain legislation or regulations.

Inviting a member of Congress to visit is a straightforward process with this pre-drafted invitation: Click here to customize and send an invite to your Members of Congress with just a click of a button and in under five minutes!

When you send the invitation, DISCUS staff will be notified and will follow up with your Member of Congress’s staff to get the visit scheduled. We will be in touch with you about scheduling, assist in managing logistics for the site visit, and DISCUS staff will support the visit through their attendance.