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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 Responsbility.org 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 Responsbility.org 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 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.

Spirited Advocate Podcast: Episode 7) Jim Canepa: Turning Ohio’s Liquor Division Around

Host Chris Swonger is joined by Jim Canepa, superintendent of the Ohio Division of Liquor Control, to discuss how he took the state’s distilled spirits operations from “dumpster fire” to one of the best control states in the nation. David Wojnar, DISCUS vice president of state government relations, also joins to dig into the long – sometimes complicated – relationship with Ohio’s Liquor Control.

Moderation & Responsibility at Home

For those adults who choose to drink, they should do so in moderation and responsibly at all times – even when at home or over virtual experiences. Here are some tips to keep in mind while spending more time at home.

Spirited Advocate Podcast: Episode 6) E-Commerce and the Spirits Industry

As COVID-19 has forced consumers to find new ways to enjoy their favorite spirits in the comfort of their home, consumer demand for online sales in the industry has grown. Chris Swonger speaks with president and co-founder of Reserve Bar, Lindsay Held, to see just how e-commerce has been impacted and what the future of the spirits industry looks like.