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Press Releases

December 01, 2022

Distilled Spirits Council Code Review Board Issues Guidance for Suppliers and Retailers of New Crossover Alcohol Products Features Recommended Practices for Responsible Advertising, Marketing & Merchandizing WASHINGTON — The Distilled Spirits […]

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November 21, 2022

Supreme Court Agrees to Takes Case in Jack Daniel’s Trademark Dispute Spirits, Beer and Wine Associations Filed Amicus Brief In Support of Jack Daniel’s WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court agreed […]

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November 15, 2022

ALCOHOL INDUSTRY UNITES TO LAUNCH “WE DON’T SERVE TEENS” CAMPAIGN Spirits manufacturers, distributors and retailers join forces with community organizations to curb teen access to alcohol WASHINGTON – More than […]

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November 11, 2022

Michigan Senate Passes Bill to Permanently Allow Cocktails To-Go LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Senate yesterday passed SB1163, a bill that would permanently allow the sale of cocktails to-go from […]

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October 31, 2022

Distilled Spirits Council Outlines Key Foreign Trade Barriers Impacting the U.S. Spirits Sector in Report to USTR  –Permanent Removal of Retaliatory Tariffs on U.S. Spirits Products Top Priority– WASHINGTON – The […]

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October 27, 2022

Applications Open For Next Sessions Including New Women’s Leadership Program WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) today announced the graduating classes of DISCUS Academy’s […]

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October 19, 2022

The Luxury Brand Index (LBI), a tool created by the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) to analyze sales of spirits brands at the top end of the […]

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Insights and Podcasts

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.

Spirited Advocate) Episode 50: Victoria Russell and Dia Simms

On this episode, Chris Swonger is joined by Victoria Russell, the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at Beam Suntory and Chair of the DISCUS DEI Committee, and Dia Simms, CEO of Lobos 1707 and Co-Founder of Pronghorn! Together, the trio discuss how the spirits industry can create a more inclusive environment. Hear what shifts Victoria and Dia have already noticed during the course of their careers – plus the pair give advice for those looking to build a more diverse company, brand, or distillery.