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Press Releases

February 22, 2024

The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) today announced the appointment of Corey Staniscia as vice president of state government relations where he will cover lobbying efforts in […]

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February 21, 2024

Bills to Make Cocktails To-Go Permanent in Virginia Pass Legislature, Head to Governor’s Desk for Signature HB 688 & SB 635 eliminate July expiration date for consumer- & business-friendly measure RICHMOND, […]

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February 20, 2024

The Distilled Spirits Council (DISCUS) and Maryland distillers submitted testimony to the House Ways and Means Committee today in favor of HB663 , a bill to reduce the tax rate for […]

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February 07, 2024

Sector Resets Following Accelerated Growth During Pandemic U.S. spirits revenues maintained its market share lead in 2023 as the sector reset following the robust sales spikes during the pandemic super […]

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February 07, 2024

Sector Resets Following Accelerated Growth During Pandemic U.S. spirits revenues maintained its market share lead in 2023 as the sector reset following the robust sales spikes during the pandemic super […]

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February 07, 2024

Commonsense bill will boost small businesses, support consumer choice & raise tax revenue The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) welcomes the introduction of HB 2888 – commonsense […]

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January 31, 2024

HB 688 & SB 635 eliminate July expiration date for consumer- & business-friendly measure Today, the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) and ​The Virginia Restaurant, Lodging & […]

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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.