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Press Releases

November 30, 2020

  LAST CALL: December 1 Day of Action Planned to Urge Congressional Passage of Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act Before Year-End Deadline WASHINGTON –  Leaders in the beverage alcohol sector are urging industry advocates across the nation to participate in a national Day of Action on December 1 by contacting their members of Congress […]

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November 23, 2020

USDA Awards Distilled Spirits Council $564,818 to Promote American Spirits Exports in 2021 WASHINGTON – The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) today announced it was granted $564,818 through its partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Market Access Program (MAP) to promote American spirits exports in 2021, a 10 percent increase over […]

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November 17, 2020

Distilled Spirits Council Forms New Environmental Sustainability Working Group Advancing Distillers’ Longstanding  Commitment to Sustainability Through Collaboration WASHINGTON – The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) announced today the formation of an Environmental Sustainability Working Group to collaborate and share effective strategies for maximizing resource utilization and eliminating waste at every step of […]

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November 09, 2020

New EU Tariffs on U.S. Spirits Further Devastates Once Booming Transatlantic Drinks Trade WASHINGTON – A coalition of 20 trade associations representing the U.S., European Union and United Kingdom wine and distilled spirits and related sectors today warned that new European Union tariffs of 25 percent on U.S. rum, brandy, vodka and vermouth would increase […]

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October 30, 2020

WASHINGTON – The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) submitted a detailed report yesterday with the United States Trade Representative (USTR) identifying key foreign trade barriers impeding U.S. distilled spirits exports. The report provided a comprehensive review of the major trade barriers in countries around the globe, such as retaliatory tariffs, discriminatory taxation, import […]

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October 20, 2020

WASHINGTON — The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS), joined by five other associations representing spirits, beer and wine producers, filed an amicus brief yesterday with the Supreme Court in support of Jack Daniel’s petition for certiorari in an important trademark case. The case, Jack Daniel’s Properties Inc. v. VIP Products LLC, centers around VIP […]

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October 14, 2020

Distilled Spirits Council Applauds Increased Consumer Clarity and Industry Flexibility Yesterday, the Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) updated their policy regarding gluten content statements on distilled spirits, wines and malt beverages. The move aligns TTB with the recently released Food and Drug Administration (FDA) final rule permitting “gluten-free” labeling claims on distilled products made from […]

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Insights and Podcasts

Spirited Advocate Podcast: Episode 11) Agave Loco’s Tom Maas on 3 Decades in the Industry

From Al Capone’s influence on the spirits industry to cosmopolitans in Sex and the City, Tom Maas, CEO of Agave Loco, shares what he’s learned over more than three decades in the distilled spirits industry. A self-proclaimed “bullish” entrepreneur, Maas dives into what it was like working for big names like Jim Beam and Jack Daniels and then going out on his own to start Agave Loco and RumChata.

Spirited Advocate Podcast: Episode 10) Breakthru Beverage with Danny Wirtz

Vice Chairman of Breakthru Beverage Group Danny Wirtz joins the Spirited Advocate Podcast to bring a wholesaler's perspective. He discusses how the spirits industry must maintain responsibility as the market evolves, his family-owned and operated business and his new role as the chairman of WSWA.

Spirited Advocate Podcast: Episode 9) A Toast to Diageo’s Deirdre Mahlan

In one of her last interviews as president of Diageo North America, Deirdre Mahlan reflects on how the spirits industry has changed over the years and looks forward to all the great things to come. From trends in the marketplace to Deirdre's accomplishments and their favorite drinks, host Chris Swonger covers it all while toasting to a new chapter after Deirdre's retirement. (Note: Deirdre Mahlan officially retired on June 30, 2020.)

Spirited Advocate Podcast Episode 8) Bourbonism: Congressman John Yarmuth

Congressman John Yarmuth (D-Ky.) – co-chair of the Congressional Bourbon Caucus – joins host Chris Swonger to talk all things bourbon, including its mystique and what "Bourbonism" means. The two also touch on the negative impacts of tariffs, the need for economic relief for craft distillers and current events.