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Press Releases

April 22, 2024

DISCUS Academy Launches Sustainability Certificate Program for Professionals in the Spirits Industry WASHINGTON – The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) today announced a new DISCUS Academy curriculum, the […]

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April 17, 2024

Bill would allow spirits ready-to-drink cocktails to be sold where beer and wine are sold Members of the Alabamians Ready for Convenience Coalition (ARCC) testified today before the Senate Committee […]

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April 02, 2024

Distilling tourism created jobs, generated consumer spending and resulted in millions in tax revenue for Texas Researchers at Tourism Economics, a subsidiary of Oxford Economics, today released “Economic Impacts of […]

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March 27, 2024

HB 4231 & SB 492 allow local option elections to authorize seven-day spirits sales Today, the South Carolina Craft Distillers Guild (SCCDG) and the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States […]

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March 26, 2024

DISTILLED SPIRITS COUNCIL EARNS 2024 ENERGY STAR® PARTNER OF THE YEAR AWARD   WASHINGTON — The Distilled Spirits Council (DISCUS) is proud to announce that it has received the 2024 ENERGY […]

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March 21, 2024

Today, the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) and ​The Virginia Restaurant, Lodging & Travel Association (VRLTA) applauded Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin for signing HB 688, making Virginia […]

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March 19, 2024

    WASHINGTON – More than 725 spirits industry leaders and supply chain partners gathered last week in San Diego for the sold-out annual conference hosted by the Distilled Spirits […]

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Insights and Podcasts

Spirited Advocate Podcast: Episode 10) Breakthru Beverage with Danny Wirtz

Vice Chairman of Breakthru Beverage Group Danny Wirtz joins the Spirited Advocate Podcast to bring a wholesaler's perspective. He discusses how the spirits industry must maintain responsibility as the market evolves, his family-owned and operated business and his new role as the chairman of WSWA.

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.