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Step aside, green beer.  This St. Patrick’s Day, Americans will be celebrating with a dram of super premium Irish Whiskey, according to the Distilled Spirits Council. The Council reports that while the entire category is growing fast, the higher priced categories are “on fire.”  Since 2002, high-end premium and super premium Irish Whiskeys grew a staggering […]

American Whiskey Exports Take Hit From Tariffs The Distilled Spirits Council today reported at its annual economic briefing that 2018 marked the ninth straight year of record spirits sales and volumes, reflecting continued market share gains. Supplier sales were up over 5.1 percent, rising $1.3 billion to a total of $27.5 billion, while volumes rose […]

Distilled spirits sales have not been negatively impacted in the three states that have had legalized recreational marijuana retail sales the longest, according to a study by the Distilled Spirits Council. This new in-depth analysis, utilizing state-level alcohol tax receipts and actual alcohol shipment data, examined per capita alcohol sales in Colorado, Washington state and […]

A major Federal study released today reported that underage and binge drinking rates among 12th graders are at their lowest levels since the study’s inception in 1975. According to the 2018 Monitoring the Future Survey, jointly released by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the University of Michigan, the proportion of 12th grade […]

The Distilled Spirits Council, representing over 150 distillers of all sizes, announced today the appointment of Maggie Quinn as its new Director of Public Relations, based in New York. In her new role at the Council, Quinn will promote spirits trends, cocktail culture and industry heritage through media relations, special events and media tours, as […]

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  A new Morning Consult survey , with a nationwide sample of more than 2,000 adults, finds that “a plurality of Americans prefer liquor drinks.” According to the poll, 39 percent of consumers prefer distilled spirits, either in a cocktail or straight, 32 percent prefer beer, 25 percent prefer wine. These findings reflect trends in the […]

The Distilled Spirits Council today announced that it is conducting an export promotion initiative in London, United Kingdom September 20 and 21 for 23 small and large distillers, designed to showcase American distilled spirits products in one of the most important markets for U.S. distilled spirits.

The distilled spirits sector achieved accelerated growth in 2016 with supplier sales up 4.5 percent to $25.2 billion, volumes up 2.4 percent to 220 million cases and a seventh straight year of market share gains relative to beer, the Distilled Spirits Council announced today at its annual economic briefing for media and Wall Street analysts, […]