DISCUS Statement on the Senate Confirmation Hearing for U.S. Trade Representative Nominee Katherine Tai

We are encouraged by Katherine Tai’s comments on the need to rebuild trade relationships with our allies.  We are hopeful that the Biden Administration will move quickly to ease trade tensions and resolve the tariff tit-for-tat with the EU and UK, which is causing grave and unnecessary harm to U.S. distillers and the wider hospitality […]

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Hawaii Senate Passes Bill Allowing Direct-To-Consumer Shipping of Distilled Spirits

The Hawaii Senate passed SB No. 65, a measure allowing direct-to-consumer shipping of distilled spirits in original containers. This will create a more convenient marketplace for adult consumers and provide much-needed support to craft distillers facing financial hardship from the closure of tasting rooms and tours due to COVID-19. “We are absolutely thrilled the Hawaii […]

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Maryland: Distilled Spirits Council Testifies in Support of Extending Cocktails To-Go, in Opposition to Beer and Wine in Grocery Stores

During a hearing today before the Maryland House Economic Matters Committee, the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) submitted testimony in support of HB 0012 , which would extend cocktails to-go from restaurants and bars with a food purchase, and in opposition to HB 0996 , a bill that would allow the sale of beer and wine […]

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Bill Allowing Cocktails To-Go in West Virginia Introduced in Senate

Measure would support hospitality businesses struggling to cope with harsh economic impacts of COVID-19 The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) today applauded West Virginia State Senator Ryan Weld for introducing legislation ( SB 347 ) to allow cocktails to-go – a move that will help support hospitality businesses devastated by COVID-19. “West Virginia hospitality […]

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Virginia Legislature Sends Bill Extending Cocktails To-Go Until July 2022 to Governor’s Desk

Measure supports hospitality businesses struggling to cope with harsh economic impacts of COVID-19  Today, the Virginia Legislature passed HB 1879 , a bill to allow cocktails to-go from distilleries, restaurants and bars until July 1, 2022, in an effort to support Virginia’s hospitality businesses struggling to cope with the harsh economic impacts of COVID-19. The bill heads […]

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Alabama Senate Passes Home Delivery of Distilled Spirits

The Alabama Senate today passed SB 126 by a vote of 26-3, a bill to allow home delivery of distilled spirits in original containers from package stores, and from restaurants and bars with a meal purchase. “Home delivery of spirits is a win-win for adult consumers and Alabama, especially during the pandemic,” said David Wojnar, Distilled Spirits […]

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In Advance of Valentine’s Day, Hospitality Recovery Coalition Launches Nationwide Cocktails To-Go Grassroots Campaign

Consumers urged to show extra love to local hospitality businesses by contacting their legislators The Hospitality Recovery Coalition today launched a nationwide cocktails to-go grassroots campaign encouraging consumers to contact their state legislators and urge support for local distilleries, restaurants and bars struggling to cope with the harsh economic impacts of COVID-19. “Consumers are seeing the devastating […]

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Distilled Spirits Council Testifies in Support of Making Cocktails To-Go Permanent in Kentucky

During a hearing today before the Kentucky Senate Licensing, Occupations and Administrative Regulations Committee, the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) submitted testimony in support of SB 67 , which would make cocktails to-go permanent from restaurants and bars with a food purchase. The measure passed out of the committee unanimously. The testimony on SB 67, […]

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Tales of the Cocktail Foundation Joins Hospitality Recovery Coalition

Growing coalition advocates for policies supporting on-premise establishments facing financial turmoil due to the COVID-19 crisis The Tales of the Cocktail Foundation today joined the Hospitality Recovery Coalition, bolstering the group’s influence and reach as it advocates for legislation to support on-premise partners, such as restaurants, bars and distilleries, reeling from the severe economic impacts […]

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Statement by Distilled Spirits Council President & CEO Chris Swonger on the Reintroduction of the RESTAURANTS Act

Statement by Distilled Spirits Council President & CEO Chris Swonger on the Reintroduction of the RESTAURANTS Act  “The reintroduction of the RESTAURANTS Act brings a glimmer of hope to hospitality businesses under severe financial duress from the pandemic. The toll on restaurants, bars and craft distilleries has been devastating and the hospitality industry has a […]

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