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Press Releases

June 17, 2024

Three-Tier Industry Coalition Issues Responsibility Commitment for Crossover Alcohol Products Associations representing alcohol suppliers, wholesalers and retailers agree to responsibility commitment related to crossover alcohol products  WASHINGTON — The Distilled […]

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June 13, 2024

Statement by Dan Leese, Distilled Spirits Council Board Chair and Hotaling & Co. President and CEO, and Chris Swonger, President and CEO of DISCUS and Responsibility.Org, on the Passing of William Lee […]

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June 10, 2024

“DISCUS, its board and its members stand together in celebrating the many significant contributions Harvey Chaplin has made over his more than seven decades in our great industry. Harvey was […]

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June 05, 2024

Bill would increase consumer convenience by allowing low ABV ready-to-drink spirits products to be sold alongside beer and wine products with same alcohol content Today, the Pennsylvania Senate passed Senate […]

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June 05, 2024

The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) Board of Directors has elected Dan Leese, Hotaling & Co. President & CEO, as chair of the national trade association representing leading producers […]

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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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Insights and Podcasts

Moderation & Responsibility at Home

For those adults who choose to drink, they should do so in moderation and responsibly at all times – even when at home or over virtual experiences. Here are some tips to keep in mind while spending more time at home.

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.