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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 15) A Fiddle Player and an Orphan: The story of Uncle Nearest and Jack Daniel

You've heard of Jack Daniel, but have you heard of Nearest Green - the man born into slavery who not only taught Jack how to make whiskey and all about the Lincoln County Process, but who is now known to be the first African-American master distiller ever recorded in the U.S.? This week's guest - Fawn Weaver (now CEO of Uncle Nearest Distillery) talks all about uncovering Nearest's story and how what she found was really a story of love filled with mutual respect and admiration between Jack and Nearest.

Spirited Advocate Podcast) Episode 14: How LibDib is Revolutionizing the Spirits Marketplace

Ever heard of product distribution without trucks, warehouses or salespeople? That's exactly what LibDib Founder and CEO Cheryl Murphy Durzy has created by using innovation (and the internet) to connect suppliers with retailers and get more brands in front of more consumers. She joins the Spirited Advocate Podcast along with Republic National Distributing Company's CEO Tom Cole to talk about their partnership and how it is revolutionizing the spirits marketplace all within the three-tier system.

Spirited Advocate Podcast) Episode 13: WhiskyCast’s Mark Gillespie

Host of his own podcast, The WhiskyCast, Mark Gillespie joins the Spirited Advocate Podcast to talk about his experiences diving into the world of whiskey, some of his favorite (and most interesting) interviews over the last 15 years and what's on the horizon for the spirits industry post-COVID. WhiskyCast has a worldwide online community with listeners in more than 180 countries.

Spirited Advocate Podcast: Episode 12) Data-Driven Decision Making in the Spirits Industry

IWSR’s COO, Brandy Rand, has nearly two decades of experience in the spirits industry and joins host Chris Swonger to talk about how data should drive decision making. From building a brand online to the impacts of cannabis on the spirits industry – Rand eloquently depicts the evolving marketplace and gives insights into the future of spirits.