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Press Releases

February 03, 2023

 Bill will boost small businesses, support consumer choice & generate tax revenue The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) welcomes the introduction of SB 277 – a commonsense measure […]

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February 02, 2023

HB 340 would allow local option elections for Sunday sales of distilled spirits    HB 340, a bill to allow Sunday sales of distilled spirits products in municipalities that approve […]

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February 02, 2023

Oregon governor’s budget proposes $0.50 per spirits bottle surcharge Oregon Governor Tina Kotek proposed an additional $0.50 per bottle surcharge on spirits containers in her budget released today. This is […]

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January 31, 2023

During a hearing today before the Connecticut General Law Committee, the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) submitted testimony in support of H.B. 6548, legislation to allow cocktails to-go […]

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January 24, 2023

The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States ( DISCUS ), America’s leading advocate for the distilled spirits industry, today announced new appointments to the 2023-2024 Craft Advisory Council . The council, made up of […]

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January 20, 2023

Registration is Now Open The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS), the leading voice and advocate for the U.S. spirits industry, today announced that registration is open for its 2023 Annual […]

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January 18, 2023

The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) submitted testimony to the North Dakota House Finance and Taxation Committee yesterday in favor of HB 1303 , a bill to reduce the tax […]

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Insights and Podcasts

Spirited Advocate Podcast) Episode 54: A Mixologist with a Twist

On this episode of The Spirited Advocate Podcast, our host Chris Swonger is joined by the ultra-talented mixologist and winner of Netflix’s “Drink Masters,” Lauren Paylor O’Brien! Having worked many roles in the food and beverage industry from Beverage Director, R&D Production Chef, and Beverage Consultant, LP now spends her time creating diverse, inclusive, and safe spaces through her work with Focus on Health and her consulting company LP Drinks Co. She joins Chris to discuss her journey becoming a renowned bartender, her unique approach to cocktails, and her insights into the future of the industry, including no/low abv drink trends. Don’t miss this episode of The Spirited Advocate Podcast, brought to you by The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States.

Spirited Advocate) Episode 53: Honoring a Veteran Distiller

On this episode of The Spirited Advocate Podcast, our host Chris Swonger is joined by Scott Neil, retired Special Forces veteran and the Co-Founder and COO of Horse Soldier Bourbon! Having significant executive, operational and combat experience, Scott knows a thing or two about how to get things done under pressure. Scott shares his story with Chris about making the transition from the battlefield to the distillery, the tradition and power of American made spirits, and some of the exciting plans that lay ahead for Horse Soldier Bourbon. Plus, the two raise a glass for Veterans Day to all of those brave men and women who serve and have served our country.

Spirited Advocate) Episode 52: Transforming the Bourbon Tradition

Chris Swonger sits down with Kaveh Zamanian, the founder, distiller and CEO of Rabbit Hole Distillery. Kaveh was recently inducted into the Bourbon Hall of Fame in recognition of his impact on bourbon’s stature, growth and category awareness. The pair discuss this major accomplishment, as well as the incredible innovations that visionaries like Kaveh are bringing to the category.

Spirited Advocate) Episode 51: Craft Community Advocacy

On this episode Chris Swonger sits down with Scott and Becky Harris, the Founders and Owners of Catoctin Creek Distillery. Day to day, Becky is the Chief Distiller, while Scott is the General Manager at the distillery and together this dynamic husband and wife team has earned many accolades. This year, DISCUS presented them with the “Dave Pickerell Memorial Craft Member of the Year Award” for their outstanding service to the craft community across the country and in their home state of Virginia. Today, they join Chris to discuss their recent award, the importance of advocating for the industry and how they created such a successful operation.