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Press Releases

January 20, 2021

Measure supports struggling hospitality businesses, heads to House for consideration Today, the Virginia Senate passed SB 1299 , a bill to allow cocktails to-go from distilleries, restaurants and bars until July 1, 2022, in an effort to support hospitality businesses struggling to cope with the harsh economic impacts of COVID-19. “The path to recovery will last long […]

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January 19, 2021

Six Companies Join DISCUS Partner Membership Program in Q4 2020, Organization to Expand Offerings in 2021 New Partner Member Program Connects Spirits Supply Chain Businesses With Spirits Companies WASHINGTON – The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS), the leading voice and advocate for the U.S. spirits industry, today announced six companies have joined the […]

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January 13, 2021

Bill heads to governor’s desk for signature In the last hours of the 101st Legislative Session, the Illinois State Legislature passed SB54 , which would allow third parties to deliver spirits and wine from package stores to adult consumers. The bill now heads to Governor J. B. Pritzker’s desk for signature. “Innovative measures like home delivery […]

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January 13, 2021

DISTILLED SPIRITS COUNCIL OF THE UNITED STATES ANNOUNCES 2021-2022 CRAFT ADVISORY COUNCIL Washington D.C. – The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS), America’s leading advocate for the distilled spirits industry, today announced new appointments to the Craft Advisory Council for the term 2021-2022. The Craft Advisory Council was created as a leadership council to […]

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January 12, 2021

Multiple measures introduced to support struggling hospitality businesses The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) today applauded Texas State Representative Charlie Geren and State Senator Kelly Hancock for introducing legislation (HB 1024, SB 298) to make cocktails to-go permanent – a move that will help support hospitality businesses devastated by COVID-19. “The path […]

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January 12, 2021

Distilled Spirits Council urges Governor Murphy to sign The New Jersey legislature sent S3340 , a bill allowing restaurants, bars, distilleries and breweries to continue using their outdoor spaces in response to COVID-19, to Governor Phil Murphy’s desk for signature today. Outdoor areas include patios, decks, yards and parking lots. “Finding innovative ways to support New […]

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January 12, 2021

U.S., EU and UK Beverage Alcohol Associations Call for Immediate Suspension of Tariffs on Spirits and Wine WASHINGTON, D.C. – A coalition of 21 trade associations representing U.S., European Union, and United Kingdom wine, distilled spirits and related sectors today expressed disappointment in new U.S. tariffs going into effect today on certain Cognac, other grape brandies […]

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Insights and Podcasts

Spirited Advocate Podcast) Episode 18: Twin Liquors

David Jabour, co-owner of Twin Liquors stores in Texas with his sister Margaret Jabour, talks about transforming a single, 700 square foot store into a retail empire he now operates with nearly 100 stores across the lone star state. He offers fresh perspective on brand building with a community focus coupled with expansion into the e-commerce space. From giving back to the community to upholding high standards of responsibility, Jabour covers all aspects of running a successful retail operation in the distilled spirits industry.

Spirited Advocate Podcast) Episode 17: Southern Glazer’s Proof Platform

Southern Glazer's John Wittig joins the Spirited Advocate Podcast to talk about their e-commerce platform, Proof. From ensuring retailers can quickly navigate the site and order customers exactly what they want to working to close the distribution gap, Wittig covers everything about operating in the digital marketplace. While the platform was put in place before the onset of COVID, Proof has grown drastically since the pandemic and helped the spirits industry thrive in the 21st century.

Spirited Advocate Podcast) Episode 16: Veteran Owned American Revolution

Founder and CEO of American Revolution Vodka, Walter Kerpa, joins the Spirited Advocate Podcast to talk about what it means to be a veteran re-entering society and how important business opportunities, like those offered at Revolution Vodka, are to that effort. Kerpa also covers the serious issues plaguing the veteran community while delving into his family history and new plans for the future.

Spirited Advocate Podcast: Episode 15) A Fiddle Player and an Orphan: The story of Uncle Nearest and Jack Daniel

You've heard of Jack Daniel, but have you heard of Nearest Green - the man born into slavery who not only taught Jack how to make whiskey and all about the Lincoln County Process, but who is now known to be the first African-American master distiller ever recorded in the U.S.? This week's guest - Fawn Weaver (now CEO of Uncle Nearest Distillery) talks all about uncovering Nearest's story and how what she found was really a story of love filled with mutual respect and admiration between Jack and Nearest.