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Press Releases

June 17, 2024

Three-Tier Industry Coalition Issues Responsibility Commitment for Crossover Alcohol Products Associations representing alcohol suppliers, wholesalers and retailers agree to responsibility commitment related to crossover alcohol products  WASHINGTON — The Distilled […]

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June 13, 2024

Statement by Dan Leese, Distilled Spirits Council Board Chair and Hotaling & Co. President and CEO, and Chris Swonger, President and CEO of DISCUS and Responsibility.Org, on the Passing of William Lee […]

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June 10, 2024

“DISCUS, its board and its members stand together in celebrating the many significant contributions Harvey Chaplin has made over his more than seven decades in our great industry. Harvey was […]

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June 05, 2024

Bill would increase consumer convenience by allowing low ABV ready-to-drink spirits products to be sold alongside beer and wine products with same alcohol content Today, the Pennsylvania Senate passed Senate […]

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June 05, 2024

The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) Board of Directors has elected Dan Leese, Hotaling & Co. President & CEO, as chair of the national trade association representing leading producers […]

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May 21, 2024

The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) today announced it has been awarded $300,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture through its new Regional Agricultural Promotion Program (RAPP) […]

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May 13, 2024

Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed SB 20 , a bill to permanently allow cocktails to-go in the state in support of local businesses and adult consumers, on Friday. This makes Colorado the […]

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Insights and Podcasts

Spirited Advocate) Episode 57: Standing Tall with Sotol

On this episode of The Spirited Advocate Podcast, our host Chris Swonger is joined by the great Brent Looby, one of the Co-Founders and the CEO of Desert Door, a unique distillery specializing in Sotol, a spirit that is distilled from the sotol plant that is native to the Chihuahua desert. For hundreds of years, this spiky desert succulent has been used by the indigenous peoples for everything from tools and food to fermented drink, and now a fine spirit handmade in Driftwood, Texas. Brent is here to share his story of building Desert Door and discusses how Sotol is becoming the next big thing in the spirits industry. So 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 56: Celebrating 50 years of DISCUS

On this episode of The Spirited Advocate Podcast, our host Chris Swonger sits down to celebrate DISCUS’ 50TH ANNIVERSARY with the wonderful Jim Bareuther, an industry veteran with more than 30 years of experience in the beverage alcohol industry. Jim has an incredibly impressive career, including his 17-year tenure at Brown-Forman and serving as a three-time chairman of DISCUS. For this special episode, Jim shares his insights on the industry’s evolution over the last few decades, the exciting opportunities ahead, and the different policy accomplishments that led to historic milestones for the spirits industry. So don’t miss this episode of The Spirited Advocate Podcast, brought to you by The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States.

Fireside Chat with Jason Momoa & Blaine Halvorson of Meili Vodka

The story of Meili Vodka begins with a remarkable fusion of sustainability, craftsmanship and vision. Chris Swonger sat down with co-founders Jason Momoa and Blaine Halvorson to discuss their journey and process behind the brand.

Spirited Advocate) Episode 55: Reviving American Craft Distilling

On this episode of The Spirited Advocate Podcast, our host Chris Swonger is joined by Master Distiller, Bruce Joseph.  Bruce is an industry veteran who has been instrumental in putting American whiskey on the map.  In this episode we’ll be talking to Bruce about his amazing career, where he sees the spirits industry moving in the future, and the incredible work he is doing at Hotaling & Co., including  championing the return of pot-distilled whiskey through the launch of Old Potrero.  Don’t miss this episode of The Spirited Advocate Podcast, brought to you by The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States.