Distilled Spirits Council-Led Coalition Results in Successful Repeal of Baltimore City Alcohol Billboard Ban

A 25-year-old ban on alcohol billboards in Baltimore City has been repealed following an ordinance passed by the City Council and signed into law late December by Mayor Catherine Pugh, according to the Distilled Spirits Council. Under the new sign ordinance, outdoor alcohol advertising will be permitted on any outdoor stationary location except within five […]

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New Distilled Spirits Council Study Shows No Impact on Spirits Sales from Legalized Recreational Marijuana

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 […]

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Distilled Spirits Council Calls on Texas Legislature to Bring State Distilled Spirits Laws into the 21st Century

The Distilled Spirits Council called on the Texas Legislature to modernize state laws governing distilled spirits to promote competition and economic growth. The Texas Sunset Advisory Commission today approved recommendations to the 86th Texas Legislature on changes to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code. “Even though more than 80 years […]

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Distilled Spirits Council Joins Nearly 150 Business Groups in Letter to Congress Highlighting Negative Impact of Tariffs

The Distilled Spirits Council, in conjunction with Americans for Free Trade , today sent a letter to Capitol Hill alongside nearly 150 business groups detailing the impact of retaliatory tariffs on American manufacturers, farmers and retailers. “American whiskey is the only U.S. agricultural product subject to retaliatory tariffs by all of the retaliating trade partners,” said Distilled Spirits Council Senior […]

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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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