Spirited Advocate Podcast: Episode 9) A Toast to Diageo’s Deirdre Mahlan
In one of her last interviews as president of Diageo North America, Deirdre Mahlan reflects on how the spirits industry has changed over the years and looks forward to all the great things to come. From trends in the marketplace to Deirdre's accomplishments and their favorite drinks, host Chris Swonger covers it all while toasting to a new chapter after Deirdre's retirement. (Note: Deirdre Mahlan officially retired on June 30, 2020.)
Spirited Advocate Podcast Episode 8) Bourbonism: Congressman John Yarmuth
Congressman John Yarmuth (D-Ky.) – co-chair of the Congressional Bourbon Caucus – joins host Chris Swonger to talk all things bourbon, including its mystique and what "Bourbonism" means. The two also touch on the negative impacts of tariffs, the need for economic relief for craft distillers and current events.
Spirited Advocate Podcast: Episode 7) Jim Canepa: Turning Ohio’s Liquor Division Around
Host Chris Swonger is joined by Jim Canepa, superintendent of the Ohio Division of Liquor Control, to discuss how he took the state’s distilled spirits operations from “dumpster fire” to one of the best control states in the nation. David Wojnar, DISCUS vice president of state government relations, also joins to dig into the long – sometimes complicated – relationship with Ohio’s Liquor Control.
Moderation & Responsibility at Home
For those adults who choose to drink, they should do so in moderation and responsibly at all times – even when at home or over virtual experiences. Here are some tips to keep in mind while spending more time at home.
Spirited Advocate Podcast: Episode 6) E-Commerce and the Spirits Industry
As COVID-19 has forced consumers to find new ways to enjoy their favorite spirits in the comfort of their home, consumer demand for online sales in the industry has grown. Chris Swonger speaks with president and co-founder of Reserve Bar, Lindsay Held, to see just how e-commerce has been impacted and what the future of the spirits industry looks like.
Spirited Advocate Podcast: Episode 5) All About Scotch Whisky
What’s it like to represent one of Scotland’s most accessible and most dynamic industries? Host Chris Swonger speaks with Scotch Whisky Association CEO Karen Betts to find out. Other topics include Brexit, tariffs and the western U.S. coastline.
Spirited Advocate Podcast: Episode 4) Woody Harrelson, Martha Stewart and Barack Obama Walk Into a Bar
What do Woody Harrelson, Martha Stewart and Barack Obama all have in common? They’ve had a cocktail made for them by Derek Brown, owner of the Columbia Room which has won the award of Best American Cocktail Bar. Host Chris Swonger discusses what it’s like to make drinks for the famous as well as diving in to some of the more difficult challenges bars face with COVID-19.
Spirited Advocate Podcast: Episode 3) Spirits Perspective: Combating COVID-19
DISCUS President and CEO Chris Swonger discusses impacts of COVID-19 with Bob Dorfman, director of Montgomery County Alcohol Beverage Services. Specifically, Bob delves into the creative solutions his team has used to ensure business stay operational while protecting consumers and employees.
Hand Sanitizer: Keep Out of Reach of Children
We want to do our part to raise awareness with a public education campaign providing a reminder that hand sanitizers containing alcohol should be kept out of reach of children.
Spirited Advocate Podcast: Episode 2) Part Two: (American) Whiskey, Tariffs and COVID-19
DISCUS President and CEO Chris Swonger shares a drink with Amir Peay, owner of James E. Pepper distillery in Lexington, Kentucky. Peay sheds light on how tariffs are affecting U.S. businesses like his, while delving into the history that allowed him to revive the James E. Pepper brand.
Spirited Advocate Podcast: Episode 1) Part One: (Irish) Whiskey, Tariffs and COVID-19
In the first-ever Spirted Advocate Podcast episode, DISCUS President and CEO Chris Swonger shares a drink with William Lavelle, head of the Irish Whiskey Association. From tariffs to current concerns surrounding COVID-19, William brings an international perspective to topical issues facing the distilled spirits industry – and Irish Whiskey in particular.