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Press Releases

February 03, 2023

 Bill will boost small businesses, support consumer choice & generate tax revenue The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) welcomes the introduction of SB 277 – a commonsense measure […]

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February 02, 2023

HB 340 would allow local option elections for Sunday sales of distilled spirits    HB 340, a bill to allow Sunday sales of distilled spirits products in municipalities that approve […]

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February 02, 2023

Oregon governor’s budget proposes $0.50 per spirits bottle surcharge Oregon Governor Tina Kotek proposed an additional $0.50 per bottle surcharge on spirits containers in her budget released today. This is […]

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January 31, 2023

During a hearing today before the Connecticut General Law Committee, the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) submitted testimony in support of H.B. 6548, legislation to allow cocktails to-go […]

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January 24, 2023

The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States ( DISCUS ), America’s leading advocate for the distilled spirits industry, today announced new appointments to the 2023-2024 Craft Advisory Council . The council, made up of […]

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January 20, 2023

Registration is Now Open The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS), the leading voice and advocate for the U.S. spirits industry, today announced that registration is open for its 2023 Annual […]

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January 18, 2023

The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) submitted testimony to the North Dakota House Finance and Taxation Committee yesterday in favor of HB 1303 , a bill to reduce the tax […]

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Insights and Podcasts

Spirited Advocate) Episode 50: Victoria Russell and Dia Simms

On this episode, Chris Swonger is joined by Victoria Russell, the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at Beam Suntory and Chair of the DISCUS DEI Committee, and Dia Simms, CEO of Lobos 1707 and Co-Founder of Pronghorn! Together, the trio discuss how the spirits industry can create a more inclusive environment. Hear what shifts Victoria and Dia have already noticed during the course of their careers – plus the pair give advice for those looking to build a more diverse company, brand, or distillery.

Spirited Advocate) Episode 49: Amanda Victoria of Siponey

On this episode of The Spirited Advocate Podcast, CEO and co-founder of Siponey, Amanda Victoria, joins Chris Swonger to discuss the importance of sustainability in the distilled spirits industry. The pair talk about the rise of ready-to-drink beverages, what inspired Amanda to start Aperitif Hour, a cocktail, wine & spirits communication and education company, and her journey from bartender to brand founder.

Spirited Advocate) Episode 48: Ian Smith, Chair of the Keepers of the Quaich

Ian Smith, Keepers of the Quaich Chair,  joins Chris Swonger on this episode of The Spirited Advocate Podcast to speak about the rich tradition of producing scotch whisky and the importance of celebrating those within the industry. Plus, hear about Chris’ induction into the Keepers of the Quaich, as well as interviews from his visits to several distilleries in the gorgeous Scottish countryside.

Spirited Advocate) Episode 47: Lora Hemy of Roe & Co Irish Whiskey

Lora Hemy, Head Distiller at Roe & Co in Dublin, joins this episode of The Spirited Advocate Podcast to discuss her unconventional path to distilling Irish whiskey with Distilled Spirits Council’s President & CEO, Chris Swonger. Plus, hear about the new Golden Age of Irish whiskey and how Roe & Co is blending history with innovation.