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Press Releases

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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May 08, 2024

Hike would be second in two years, would raise prices for consumers and cost Mississippi jobs  The American Distilled Spirits Alliance (ADSA), the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States […]

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May 06, 2024

Distilled Spirits Council Issues New Barrel Handling Safety Guide Available to All Industry Members  Free DISCUS Academy Webinar on New Guide Scheduled for June 17 WASHINGTON — The Distilled Spirits […]

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April 30, 2024

H. 4231 allows local option elections to authorize seven-day spirits sales and now heads to the full Senate for consideration Today, the South Carolina Senate Judiciary Committee approved H. 4231 which […]

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April 30, 2024

Today, Massachusetts Governor Maura Healey signed the supplemental budget bill, which includes a key provision to permanently allow cocktails to-go in the state in support of local businesses and adult […]

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April 29, 2024

Temporary measure expired on April 1 The Massachusetts Legislature recently passed its supplemental budget bill, which includes a key provision to permanently allow cocktails to-go in the state in support […]

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Insights and Podcasts

Spirited Advocate Podcast) Episode 14: How LibDib is Revolutionizing the Spirits Marketplace

Ever heard of product distribution without trucks, warehouses or salespeople? That's exactly what LibDib Founder and CEO Cheryl Murphy Durzy has created by using innovation (and the internet) to connect suppliers with retailers and get more brands in front of more consumers. She joins the Spirited Advocate Podcast along with Republic National Distributing Company's CEO Tom Cole to talk about their partnership and how it is revolutionizing the spirits marketplace all within the three-tier system.

Spirited Advocate Podcast) Episode 13: WhiskyCast’s Mark Gillespie

Host of his own podcast, The WhiskyCast, Mark Gillespie joins the Spirited Advocate Podcast to talk about his experiences diving into the world of whiskey, some of his favorite (and most interesting) interviews over the last 15 years and what's on the horizon for the spirits industry post-COVID. WhiskyCast has a worldwide online community with listeners in more than 180 countries.

Spirited Advocate Podcast: Episode 12) Data-Driven Decision Making in the Spirits Industry

IWSR’s COO, Brandy Rand, has nearly two decades of experience in the spirits industry and joins host Chris Swonger to talk about how data should drive decision making. From building a brand online to the impacts of cannabis on the spirits industry – Rand eloquently depicts the evolving marketplace and gives insights into the future of spirits.

Spirited Advocate Podcast: Episode 11) Agave Loco’s Tom Maas on 3 Decades in the Industry

From Al Capone’s influence on the spirits industry to cosmopolitans in Sex and the City, Tom Maas, CEO of Agave Loco, shares what he’s learned over more than three decades in the distilled spirits industry. A self-proclaimed “bullish” entrepreneur, Maas dives into what it was like working for big names like Jim Beam and Jack Daniels and then going out on his own to start Agave Loco and RumChata.