Media Center for the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States

Press Releases

September 15, 2021

Measure marks first bottled distilled spirit sale on Sunday in state since Prohibition    Beginning Oct. 3, adult consumers will be able to purchase distilled spirits on Sundays at distilleries across North Carolina under a historic new law signed by Governor Roy Cooper late last week.   The legislation, HB 890 , will provide much-needed revenue to […]

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September 09, 2021

California Legislature Passes Bill Extending Cocktails To-Go Until 2026 Measure heads to Governor Gavin Newsom’s desk for his signature SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The California Legislature today passed SB 389 , a bill to extend cocktails to-go until December 31, 2026, which would increase consumer convenience and support hospitality businesses devastated by COVID-19. The bill now heads Governor […]

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September 02, 2021

Growing platform increases ability to affect change for the spirits industry The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) today announced that  Dragon Spirits Marketing , a top-of-the-line brand activation staffing and education platform, is joining  Spirits United as a partner member, growing the platform’s reach and influence on issues important to the spirits industry. “As brand representatives for many […]

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September 01, 2021

– As consumer interest in Bourbon soars in the U.S., tariffs continue to hamper overseas export growth – WASHINGTON – Across the country, Bourbon lovers will raise a dram this September in honor of “National Bourbon Heritage Month,” a month-long celebration of America’s native spirit. American whiskey has held an important economic, cultural and social […]

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August 17, 2021

Washington, DC– The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS), America’s leading voice and advocate for the distilled spirits industry, today announced Central Indiana Ethanol, LLC (CIE) as the 18th and newest member to join its Board of Directors. “As a globally-recognized, world-class distiller, CIE’s expertise in producing and supplying quality spirits to brands large […]

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August 10, 2021

Legislation Includes Critically Important Impaired Driving Prevention Measures “The members of the Senate are to be commended for their support of the important traffic safety measures aimed at impaired driving that were included in the legislation. “Impaired driving is 100 percent preventable and installing advanced prevention technology in new vehicles will bring our nation one […]

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August 03, 2021

Legislation Prioritizes Critically Important Impaired Driving Prevention Washington, D.C. — The United States Senate has released its text for the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which includes innovative steps supported by the spirits industry to prevent all forms of impaired driving. We must have bold action to stop preventable impaired driving deaths, injuries and […]

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Insights and Podcasts

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.