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Press Releases

July 22, 2021

16 states and D.C. made cocktails to-go permanent, 14 others passed temporary measures Thirty states have taken legislative action to allow cocktails to-go either on a permanent or temporary basis providing a lifeline for hospitality businesses that continue to face repercussions from the harsh economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. During COVID-19, more than 35 […]

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July 21, 2021

Tool will enable distilleries to secure nationally recognized certification for production facilities WASHINGTON – The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) is partnering with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on an ENERGY STAR® program to develop energy-saving tools and resources for distilleries. One key initiative is an Energy Performance Indicator (EPI) benchmarking tool, […]

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July 21, 2021

Partner Member Program Connects Spirits Supply Chain Businesses, Industry Partners 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 eight companies have joined the organization as Partner Members in the second quarter of 2021. This brings the total […]

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July 15, 2021

–80 percent agree distillers should be allowed to direct ship products in any state– WASHINGTON, D.C. – Online shopping for groceries and beverage alcohol have become the norm, and there is overwhelming consumer demand for direct-to-consumer shipping of distilled spirits, similar to wine, according to a national survey released today by the Distilled Spirits Council […]

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July 14, 2021

Growing platform increases ability to affect change for the spirits industry The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) today announced that  Bar & Restaurant is joining  Spirits United as a partner member, growing the platform’s reach and influence on issues important to the spirits industry. “Bar & Restaurant is another great partner for Spirits United, and we look forward […]

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July 13, 2021

  WASHINGTON, DC (July 13, 2021) – Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) and today announced William Grant & Sons has joined as the newest member of both organizations. The 134-year-old independent, family-owned spirits company’s decision to engage with DISCUS and serves as a commitment to drive the future of a modernized and fair marketplace […]

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July 07, 2021

 Missouri becomes 16th state to make a COVID-era cocktails to-go measure permanent Missouri Governor Mike Parson today signed SB 126 , a bill making cocktails to-go from restaurants, bars and distilleries permanent – increasing consumer convenience and supporting local hospitality businesses devastated by COVID-19. “Missouri’s restaurants, bars and distilleries can now serve cocktails to-go on a permanent […]

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Insights and Podcasts

Spirited Advocate Podcast) Episode 32: Eddie Russel’s 40th Anniversary with Wild Turkey

With 40 years of experience under his belt, Eddie Russell knows a thing or two about bourbon, but is still jokingly referred to as the “new guy.” As the son of legendary Master Distiller Jimmy Russell, and the third generation Russell to work at the Wild Turkey Distillery in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, Russell has an unmatched pedigree in American Whiskey. On this week's episode, Chris and Eddie discuss the evolution of Wild Turkey, his partnership with Matthew McConaughey on Long Branch Bourbon, and what we can expect to see from future generations at Wild Turkey. Don't miss Eddie Russell on the Spirited Advocate Podcast.

Spirited Advocate Podcast) Episode 31: Gregg Mineo of NABCA

What is a "control state" and how do the laws relating to distilled spirits in these states differ from other states? New National Alcohol Beverage Control Association, Chairman Gregg Mineo shares his insights and how important it is to promote public health and responsibility in this space. With more than 40 years in the industry, Gregg knows a thing or two about distilled spirits. From his time at Seagrams to how we navigate the new normal, he covers it all on this week's Spirited Advocate Podcast. Gregg also serves as director of the Maine Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations.

Spirited Advocate Podcast) Episode 30: National Restaurant Association’s Sean Kennedy

This week, we welcome guest host Christine LoCascio, chief of public policy for DISCUS and special guest Sean Kennedy, executive vice president of public affairs for the National Restaurant Association. Sean talks about the devastating impact the pandemic has had on the restaurant industry and how the National Restaurant Association is helping to combat those unforeseen challenges. Christine and Sean also discuss the advantageous partnership between DISCUS and the National Restaurant Association on issues like cocktails to-go and fighting against tariffs. Listen now!

Spirited Advocate Podcast) Episode 29: Sustainability with Marble Distilling

Dynamic duo Connie Baker and Carey Shanks co-founded Marble Distilling Co. with the motto of "Drink Sustainably." Now, the happily married couple is sharing how they live out that motto by reducing their carbon footprint, sourcing locally and creating the same great products without a great big impact on the environment. From the economic benefits of environmentally friendly policies, to getting involved in public policy debates and building an experience for consumers, Connie and Carey bring a lot of fun to these topics and more.