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Press Releases

March 30, 2023

In just the first week, the Illinois Ship My Spirits campaign, launched to support legislation permitting spirits direct-to-consumer (DTC) shipping, has resulted in more than 1,250 letters of support to […]

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March 29, 2023

Consumer- and business-friendly measure extended for 1 year Today, the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) applauded Massachusetts Governor Maura Healey for signing HB 58 which extends cocktails to-go for […]

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March 28, 2023

WASHINGTON—The Distilled Spirits Council (DISCUS) has received the 2023 ENERGY STAR PARTNER OF THE YEAR award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy for […]

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March 24, 2023

Measure would extend cocktails to-go for 1 year Yesterday, the Massachusetts House of Representatives and Senate gave final approval to a supplemental budget bill ( HB 58 ) which includes language that […]

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March 22, 2023

Current measure expires on July 1, Distilled Spirits Council urges making measure permanent to support hospitality industry   Yesterday, the Vermont House of Representatives passed HB 470 which would make cocktails-to-go permanent. The […]

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March 22, 2023

Team will provide strategic guidance to growing platform to increase engagement and impact WASHINGTON – The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) today announced the formation of the Spirits United Advocacy […]

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March 21, 2023

Spirits DTC would increase Illinois 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 […]

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Insights and Podcasts

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.

Hand Sanitizer: Keep Out of Reach of Children

We want to do our part to raise awareness with a public education campaign providing a reminder that hand sanitizers containing alcohol should be kept out of reach of children.

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.