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Press Releases

May 12, 2022

Bill to increase access/lower taxes on spirits ready-to-drink products heads to governor’s desk Today, the Vermont Legislature passed HB 730 , a bill to reduce the tax rate for spirits-based ready-to-drink (RTD) products and expand outlets where they can be sold. The bill now heads to Governor Phil Scott (R-VT) for signature. “Not only are Vermont spirits […]

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May 10, 2022

WASHINGTON – The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) reported today that its 2021 export promotion activities, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), resulted in more than $875,000 in new exports of American spirits products by small U.S. distillers across the country. “U.S. craft distillers have greatly benefitted from DISCUS’ […]

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May 03, 2022

“We want to send a heartfelt congratulations to Tom Cole, Republic National Distributors Company, on his appointment as chairman of the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America. Despite the many challenges posed by the pandemic, our industry has worked hard to continue progress and innovation. Tom has been and will continue to be a big […]

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April 28, 2022

WASHINGTON – A coalition representing nearly 100 large and small American Single Malt Whiskey producers across the United States sent a letter today to the Treasury Department’s Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) urging the Bureau to move forward with its proposed rulemaking to establish a standard of identity for American Single Malt Whiskey. The letter, sent […]

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April 21, 2022

WASHINGTON, DC — The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, America’s leading advocate for the distilled spirits industry, today announced the formation of its Craft Distiller Sustainability Taskforce to collaborate and share effective strategies for maximizing resource utilization and eliminating waste at every step of the production process. “The distilled spirits industry remains deeply […]

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April 21, 2022

Poll includes questions on retail privatization, expansion of spirits sales to other outlets and overall sentiment on current system The majority of Pennsylvania consumers – both Democrats and Republicans – support major changes to the current government-run retail sale of wine and spirits in the state of Pennsylvania, according to a new poll released today […]

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April 20, 2022

Spirits DTC would increase Vermont jobs and consumer convenience The American Craft Spirits Association (ACSA), American Distilling Institute (ADI) and Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS), three of the nation’s leading trade associations representing distillers large and small, joined forces with the Distilled Spirits Council of Vermont to launch “Ship My Spirits,” a […]

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Insights and Podcasts

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.