Media Center for the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States

Press Releases

October 11, 2021

Austin, Texas –  Lallemand DistilaBact® LP , a first of its kind, dried bacteria product available to the distilling market, was named the grand winner of the Distilled Spirits Council’s first-ever “Innovation Showcase” competition at the 2021 DISCUS Annual Conference in Austin, Texas. The winning product, which was presented during the Shark Tank-style competition by Mitch Codd, Technical […]

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October 08, 2021

AUSTIN, Texas – Spirits industry professionals and media joined the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) in honoring industry leaders today during the DISCUS annual conference at the Fairmont Hotel in Austin, Texas. The event was emceed by spirits industry trailblazer, Peggy Noe Stevens, bourbon expert, author and first female Master Bourbon Taster. […]

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October 08, 2021

California Governor Gavin Newsom today signed SB 389 , a bill to extend cocktails to-go until December 31, 2026, which would increase consumer convenience and support hospitality businesses devastated by COVID-19. “Governor Newsom acted swiftly to support California’s hospitality businesses by allowing cocktails to-go during the pandemic,” said Adam Smith, Distilled Spirits Council of the United States […]

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October 08, 2021

Austin, TX – Today more than 100 distillers, spirits executives and hospitality industry leaders came together in partnership with the national nonprofit Operation Gratitude , to express their thanks for those who serve by assembling packages containing snacks, comfort and hygiene products and personal letters of thanks from grateful Americans. “The distilled spirits industry has a long […]

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October 07, 2021

New Tool Tracks Explosive Sector of Spirits Industry Austin, Texas – The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) today unveiled its first-of-kind Luxury Brand Index (LBI), a new tool to analyze sales of spirits brands at the top end of the distilled spirits market, during the 2021 DISCUS Annual Conference in Austin, Texas. […]

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September 28, 2021

Toasts Not Tariffs Coalition Sends Letter to Commerce Secretary Raimondo and Ambassador Tai in Advance of U.S.-EU Trade and Technology Council Meeting in Pittsburgh this Week  –Group Urges U.S. to Negotiate an Immediate End to Tariffs on American Whiskeys– WASHINGTON – The  Toasts Not Tariffs Coalition , 50 associations representing the entire three-tier chain of the U.S. alcohol industry, sent a  letter  today to U.S. Secretary […]

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September 15, 2021

Measure marks first bottled distilled spirit sale on Sunday in state since Prohibition    Beginning Oct. 3, adult consumers will be able to purchase distilled spirits on Sundays at distilleries across North Carolina under a historic new law signed by Governor Roy Cooper late last week.   The legislation, HB 890 , will provide much-needed revenue to […]

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Insights and Podcasts

Spirited Advocate Podcast) 37. Ivy Mix of Leyenda in Brooklyn, NY

In this episode, Chris is joined by the multi-talented Ivy Mix, co-owner and head bartender of Leyenda in Brooklyn, NY. Recognized as one of the best bartenders in the country, Ivy’s impact on our industry goes well beyond the bar as the co-founder of Speed Rack and advisory board member of Independent Restaurant Coalition. Chris and Ivy tackle some of the most relevant issues facing the hospitality industry today and emphasize the importance of being politically active on issues that matter to you and your business. Listen now!

Spirited Advocate Podcast) 36. Joshua Hammond of Buster’s Liquors

On this week’s episode, Joshua Hammond of Buster’s Liquors & Wines joins the show to provide a retailer perspective on some of the biggest issues facing the spirits industry today. This Memphis-based, family-run retailer offers insights on consumer trends and the benefits of the three-tier-system, all while emphasizing the importance of responsibility. Joshua is a perfect example of how leading with responsibility is not only the right thing to do but is also a great business decision. Listen now!

Spirited Advocate Podcast) 35: Doug Hall of Brain Brew Custom Whiskey

“Why be normal?” Asks this week’s Spirited Advocate podcast guest Doug Hall of Brain Brew Custom Whiskey and Eureka! Ranch. Researcher, engineer, innovator, whiskey blender and much more, Doug regales us on how he moved from chemical engineering to the world of whiskey, bridging the pre-prohibition history of distilling in Cincinnati, OH with modern day innovation. Listen now!

Spirited Advocate Podcast) 34: Meredith Meyer Grelli of Wigle Whiskey

This week’s guest joins us from a distillery 300 years in the making. On this edu-taining episode, Meredith Meyer Grelli, co-owner of Wigle Whiskey and co-founder of the Whiskey Rebellion Trail, gives listeners a fascinating lesson on the history of American Whiskey. From a brawl with a tax collector to a pardon from George Washington himself, Philip Wigle, Wigle Whiskey’s namesake, embodies the resilient spirit and history of American Whiskey. Listen now!