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Press Releases

June 23, 2022

Distilling sector provided significant contributions while managing pandemic challenges Researchers at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) today released, “ Economic Contributions of Distilled Spirits in Texas 2020 ,” a new study highlighting the significant economic impact Texas distillers made to their local communities and the state in 2020, despite economic hardships of the pandemic and lingering Prohibition-era laws restricting sales. […]

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June 16, 2022

The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) today launched Destination Distillery™ ( ), a new website providing a tourism-driven experience and educational journey into the cultural heritage and history of spirits in America. Visitors to the website will be able to explore many of America’s most famous distilleries as well as up-and-coming ones, […]

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June 15, 2022

Spirits United increases ability to affect change for the spirits industry through grassroots advocacy The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) today announced that Bourbon Women Association, the organization for women who are passionate about Bourbon culture, women and the promise of adventure when the two are combined, is joining Spirits United as a partner […]

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June 14, 2022

SoMax Circular Solutions was named the grand winner of the Distilled Spirits Council’s “Innovation Showcase” competition during the awards luncheon at the 2022 DISCUS Annual Conference in New Orleans. SoMax Founder and CEO Dan Spracklin presented the company’s innovative resource recovery technology during the Shark Tank-style competition. The technology, which uses hydrothermal carbonization, can help […]

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June 10, 2022

Distilled Spirits Council Gives Back at Annual Conference Conference Charitable Initiatives Raise Donations For Kiss the Ground and Turning Tables NEW ORLEANS – Hundreds of attendees at the Distilled Spirits Council’s Annual Conference participated in DISCUS-sponsored charitable events aimed at giving back to the New Orleans community and protecting the environment. The conference raised funding […]

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June 09, 2022

Distilled Spirits Council Honors Industry Leaders at Annual Conference Awards Luncheon NEW ORLEANS – More than 550 spirits industry professionals and media joined the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) in honoring industry leaders at an awards luncheon Thursday afternoon during the DISCUS annual conference at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans. The event […]

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June 09, 2022

Andy Deloney Joins Distilled Spirits Council as Vice President of State Public Policy Former Michigan Liquor Control Commission and NABCA Chairman to Manage Control State Relations & Advocacy WASHINGTON − The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) today announced the appointment of Andy Deloney as the association’s vice president of state public policy. […]

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Insights and Podcasts

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.