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Press Releases

June 23, 2022

Distilling sector provided significant contributions while managing pandemic challenges Researchers at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) today released, “ Economic Contributions of Distilled Spirits in Texas 2020 ,” a new study highlighting the significant economic impact Texas distillers made to their local communities and the state in 2020, despite economic hardships of the pandemic and lingering Prohibition-era laws restricting sales. […]

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June 16, 2022

The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) today launched Destination Distillery™ ( ), a new website providing a tourism-driven experience and educational journey into the cultural heritage and history of spirits in America. Visitors to the website will be able to explore many of America’s most famous distilleries as well as up-and-coming ones, […]

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June 15, 2022

Spirits United increases ability to affect change for the spirits industry through grassroots advocacy The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) today announced that Bourbon Women Association, the organization for women who are passionate about Bourbon culture, women and the promise of adventure when the two are combined, is joining Spirits United as a partner […]

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June 14, 2022

SoMax Circular Solutions was named the grand winner of the Distilled Spirits Council’s “Innovation Showcase” competition during the awards luncheon at the 2022 DISCUS Annual Conference in New Orleans. SoMax Founder and CEO Dan Spracklin presented the company’s innovative resource recovery technology during the Shark Tank-style competition. The technology, which uses hydrothermal carbonization, can help […]

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June 10, 2022

Distilled Spirits Council Gives Back at Annual Conference Conference Charitable Initiatives Raise Donations For Kiss the Ground and Turning Tables NEW ORLEANS – Hundreds of attendees at the Distilled Spirits Council’s Annual Conference participated in DISCUS-sponsored charitable events aimed at giving back to the New Orleans community and protecting the environment. The conference raised funding […]

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June 09, 2022

Distilled Spirits Council Honors Industry Leaders at Annual Conference Awards Luncheon NEW ORLEANS – More than 550 spirits industry professionals and media joined the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) in honoring industry leaders at an awards luncheon Thursday afternoon during the DISCUS annual conference at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans. The event […]

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June 09, 2022

Andy Deloney Joins Distilled Spirits Council as Vice President of State Public Policy Former Michigan Liquor Control Commission and NABCA Chairman to Manage Control State Relations & Advocacy WASHINGTON − The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) today announced the appointment of Andy Deloney as the association’s vice president of state public policy. […]

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Insights and Podcasts

Spirited Advocate) 45. Kat Hantas and Sarika Singh of 21Seeds Tequila

From a kitchen creation to a spirits shelf staple in nearly all 50 states. Kat Hantas and Sarika Singh, two of three co-founders of 21Seeds Tequila found their sweet spot in an industry with considerable barriers to entry. Find out how on this week's episode. Listen now!

Spirited Advocate Podcast) 44. Jeff Weiss of StepToe

On this week's episode of the Spirited Advocate podcast, DISCUS Chief of Public Policy Christine LoCascio takes the reins as host for an important episode on supply chain challenges with Jeff Weis, Partner and Supply Chain Team leader at StepToe. How will these challenges impact consumers this holiday season? Listen now to find out!

Spirited Advocate Podcast) 43. Travis Barnes and Nick Ladig of Hotel Tango

From a school bus in Indiana to the front lines to a distillery named Hotel Tango, our guests this week took an exciting path to get where they are today. Travis Barnes, Marine Veteran and Founder of Hotel Tango, joins the podcast alongside his childhood friend, Nick Ladig, President of Hotel Tango, as we commemorate Veteran's Day this month. Listen now!

Spirited Advocate Podcast) 42. Alex Alvarez of Brown-Forman

From water to soil to grains, our environment affects every part of the spirits industry. At Brown-Forman, sustainability is key to their longevity. This week on the podcast, we welcome Alex Alvarez, Chief Production and Sustainability Officer at Brown-Forman, to discuss Brown-Forman's ongoing commitment to protect the world and the people and employees who inhabit it. Listen now!