2018 Monitoring the Future Survey: 12th Grade Underage & Binge Drinking Rates at Historic Lows

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 […]

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Distilled Spirits Council Criticizes Treasury Dept. For Failure to Allow Excise Duty-Drawback in Rule

The Distilled Spirits Council today criticized the U.S. Treasury Department for rejecting the excise tax drawback on spirits, beer and wine that are produced in the United States for export, as Congress explicitly directed in the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (TFTEA). The U.S. Treasury Department and U.S. Customs and Border Protection […]

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Distilled Spirits Council: Modernization Continues 85 Years After Prohibition Repeal

On the 85th Anniversary of Prohibition Repeal, the Distilled Spirits Council toasts to the spirits renaissance and continued modernization of alcohol laws and regulations across the country. The 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified December 5, 1933, repealing the 18th Amendment and bringing an end to Prohibition in America. Since Prohibition Repeal 85 […]

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Seasoned PR Pro Maggie Quinn Joins Distilled Spirits Council as NY-based Public Relations Director

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 […]

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Distilled Spirits Council Urges Boosting Exports, Ending Retaliatory Tariffs

The Distilled Spirits Council recently participated in two events to highlight the importance of export markets to the U.S. spirits industry. Distilled Spirits Council Senior Vice President for International Issues and Trade Christine LoCascio spoke at the Glass Packaging Institute ’s annual meeting about the tremendous growth in U.S. spirits exports over the past two decades and the […]

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Distilled Spirits Council Mourns Loss of Industry Legend and Pioneer Dave Pickerell

Spirits icon and pioneering distiller Dave Pickerell died recently in San Francisco. Pickerell spent 14 years as Master Distiller for Maker’s Mark before venturing out to help start many of the craft distilling operations now seen across the country. He was also critical in restoring George Washington’s Distillery at Mount Vernon. “Dave Pickerell was a […]

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Distilled Spirits Council Discusses Marijuana Legalization and Tariff Issues at NCLSA Conference

Representatives of the Distilled Spirits Council recently participated on panels examining marijuana legalization and retaliatory tariffs placed on U.S. spirits at the 2018 National Conference of State Liquor Administrators (NCLSA) Central/Western Regional Conference in Pasadena, Calif. In a panel discussion on the rapidly changing landscape of cannabis legalization, Council Senior Vice President of Government Relations […]

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Glencairn Named Official Whiskey Tasting Glass Provider to Distilled Spirits Council of The United States

Glencairn continues to go from strength to strength Stateside this year. The family-owned award-winning crystal company has today announced that its iconic Glencairn wee whisky glass has been selected by the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States to be the esteemed organisation’s official tasting glass for this year. The partnership will be showcased first […]

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Industry Veteran Chris Swonger Named CEO of Distilled Spirits Council and Responsibility.Org

The Boards of Directors of the Distilled Spirits Council and the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (Responsibility.Org) have named Chris R. Swonger, a long-time government affairs executive and industry veteran, the president and CEO of both organizations.

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Distilled Spirits Council to Host American Spirits Tasting Events in South Africa November 13 and 15

Award-winning U.S. Mixologist Christy Pope to Present Exclusive American Spirits Tasting Experiences WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (Distilled Spirits Council), today announced that it will conduct American spirits export promotions on November 13 in Johannesburg and on November 15 in Cape Town.  The events will showcase several American distilled […]

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