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Press Releases

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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May 08, 2024

Hike would be second in two years, would raise prices for consumers and cost Mississippi jobs  The American Distilled Spirits Alliance (ADSA), the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States […]

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May 06, 2024

Distilled Spirits Council Issues New Barrel Handling Safety Guide Available to All Industry Members  Free DISCUS Academy Webinar on New Guide Scheduled for June 17 WASHINGTON — The Distilled Spirits […]

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April 30, 2024

H. 4231 allows local option elections to authorize seven-day spirits sales and now heads to the full Senate for consideration Today, the South Carolina Senate Judiciary Committee approved H. 4231 which […]

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April 30, 2024

Today, Massachusetts Governor Maura Healey signed the supplemental budget bill, which includes a key provision to permanently allow cocktails to-go in the state in support of local businesses and adult […]

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April 29, 2024

Temporary measure expired on April 1 The Massachusetts Legislature recently passed its supplemental budget bill, which includes a key provision to permanently allow cocktails to-go in the state in support […]

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Insights and Podcasts

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.

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.