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Press Releases

April 02, 2024

Distilling tourism created jobs, generated consumer spending and resulted in millions in tax revenue for Texas Researchers at Tourism Economics, a subsidiary of Oxford Economics, today released “Economic Impacts of […]

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March 27, 2024

HB 4231 & SB 492 allow local option elections to authorize seven-day spirits sales Today, the South Carolina Craft Distillers Guild (SCCDG) and the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States […]

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March 26, 2024

DISTILLED SPIRITS COUNCIL EARNS 2024 ENERGY STAR® PARTNER OF THE YEAR AWARD   WASHINGTON — The Distilled Spirits Council (DISCUS) is proud to announce that it has received the 2024 ENERGY […]

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March 21, 2024

Today, the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) and ​The Virginia Restaurant, Lodging & Travel Association (VRLTA) applauded Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin for signing HB 688, making Virginia […]

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March 19, 2024

    WASHINGTON – More than 725 spirits industry leaders and supply chain partners gathered last week in San Diego for the sold-out annual conference hosted by the Distilled Spirits […]

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March 18, 2024

Today, the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) applauded Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb for signing HB 1086, a bill to allow cocktails to-go in support of businesses and […]

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March 13, 2024

Distilled Spirits Council Launches 2024 Market Access Program Plan DISCUS Awarded $1.09 Million in 2024 to Expand Export Opportunities for U.S. Distillers WASHINGTON – The Distilled Spirits Council of 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.