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Press Releases

April 19, 2021

Montana Governor Greg Gianforte signed HB 226 on April 14 making cocktails to-go permanent in the state. This measure supports hospitality businesses devastated by COVID-19 and provides increased convenience to consumers. “Cocktails to-go provided a much-needed lifeline for struggling hospitality businesses and prevented the permanent closure of many in Montana,” said Adam Smith, Distilled Spirits Council of […]

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April 19, 2021

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson signed SB 339 on April 14 permitting cocktails to-go in the state. This measure, which makes the sale of cocktails to-go permanent, supports hospitality businesses devastated by COVID-19 and provides increased convenience to consumers. “Cocktails to-go have been a source of support for restaurants, bars and distilleries all across the U.S.,” said Kristi […]

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April 19, 2021

Four Companies Join DISCUS Partner Membership Program in Q1 2021, Organization to Expand Offerings in 2021 New Partner Member Program Connects Spirits Supply Chain Businesses 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 four companies have joined […]

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April 14, 2021

This evening, the Florida Legislature passed SB148 , a bill that would make cocktails to-go permanent from food service establishments, increasing consumer convenience and supporting hospitality businesses devastated by COVID-19. The bill now heads to Governor Ron DeSantis for his signature and would become effective July 1, 2021. “The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated Florida’s hospitality businesses, […]

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April 14, 2021

Senate Bill 183, House Bill 402 Aim to Modernize North Carolina’s Critical Ignition Interlock Laws RALEIGH, N.C. – Anti-drunk driving advocates, distilled spirits producers, sheriffs, lawyers and concerned state legislators applauded the passage of HB 402 and SB 183 out of the House Judiciary Subcommittee 2 and the Senate Judiciary Committees earlier today. Interlock Ignition supporters, composed of representatives […]

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April 14, 2021

Statement by Chris Swonger, President and CEO of the Distilled Spirits Council and Responsibility.Org,  on the Appointment of Chris Underwood as Chairman of WSWA Congratulations to Chris Underwood, Board of Managers, RNDC-West, on his appointment as chairman of the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America.  Chris is part of a family with deep roots in the […]

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April 12, 2021

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed  SB 126, legislation to allow home delivery of distilled spirits in original containers from package stores, and from restaurants and bars with a meal purchase. The measure will become law 6 months from today. “Innovative measures like home delivery of spirits have created convenience for consumers and a safe alternative […]

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Insights and Podcasts

Spirited Advocate Podcast: Episode 2) Part Two: (American) Whiskey, Tariffs and COVID-19

DISCUS President and CEO Chris Swonger shares a drink with Amir Peay, owner of James E. Pepper distillery in Lexington, Kentucky. Peay sheds light on how tariffs are affecting U.S. businesses like his, while delving into the history that allowed him to revive the James E. Pepper brand.

Spirited Advocate Podcast: Episode 1) Part One: (Irish) Whiskey, Tariffs and COVID-19

In the first-ever Spirted Advocate Podcast episode, DISCUS President and CEO Chris Swonger shares a drink with William Lavelle, head of the Irish Whiskey Association. From tariffs to current concerns surrounding COVID-19, William brings an international perspective to topical issues facing the distilled spirits industry – and Irish Whiskey in particular.