Statement by Distilled Spirits Council of the United States on President Trump’s Executive Order on Regulatory Relief to Support Economic Recovery

“We are grateful the administration is acting proactively to support U.S. businesses as they work to recover from the devastating impacts caused by COVID-19,” said Chris Swonger, DISCUS president and CEO. “We look forward to working with the administration to identify and eliminate unnecessary, burdensome regulations to help the hospitality industry, which will reboot the […]

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Pennsylvania Governor Says He Will Sign Bill Allowing Cocktails To-Go During COVID-19

Statement by Distilled Spirits Council Vice President of State Government Relations David Wojnar “We are thankful Governor Wolf recognizes the need for additional assistance for the hospitality industry during COVID-19 and approved cocktails to-go. This measure will be a valuable economic lifeline that will help Pennsylvania businesses struggling with financial hardships during this pandemic. Unfortunately, […]

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Governor Lamont Issues New Executive Order Clarifying Cocktails To-Go are Permitted

Governor Ned Lamont issued a new executive order last night expressly permitting mixed drinks for takeout and delivery, following a letter sent by the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) citing confusion in the marketplace and requesting clarification on the matter. “The opportunity for restaurants and bars to sell cocktails to-go is a valuable economic lifeline […]

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New Jersey Governor Signs Bill Extending Cocktails To-Go, Providing Tax Exemption for Distilleries Making Hand Sanitizer

Statement by Distilled Spirits Council of the United States Vice President of State Government Relations Jay Hibbard   “We are grateful Governor Murphy recognizes the severe impact COVID-19 has had on the hospitality industry, which will last well beyond the end of this pandemic. By allowing cocktails to-go to continue, the governor has extended a […]

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Distilled Spirits Council Sends Letter to CT Governor Lamont Requesting Clarification on Cocktails To-Go

The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) sent a letter yesterday to Governor Ned Lamont requesting clarification on whether cocktails to-go are included in Executive Order 7G, which permits restaurant licensees to sell distilled spirits, beer and wine to-go in sealed containers. In the letter, the Council asked Governor Lamont to issue a guidance […]

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New Jersey Legislature Extends Cocktails To-Go, Provides Tax Exemption for Distilleries Making Hand Sanitizer

Distilled Spirits Council Applauds Legislature’s Support of the Hospitality/Spirits Industries Today, the New Jersey General Assembly and Senate approved two identical measures to allow restaurants, bars and taverns to continue selling cocktails to-go six months after the expiration of the governor’s executive order declaring a public health emergency in the state. Additionally, the bills included a tax […]

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Mississippi: Jackson City Council Approves Cocktails To-Go, Restaurants Set to Open This Weekend

Statement by Distilled Spirits Council Vice President David Wojnar “We are grateful the Jackson City Council realized the negative impacts of COVID-19 on the hospitality industry will be long-lasting. Approving cocktails to-go as restaurants begin opening this weekend will provide a valuable economic lifeline as these businesses begin the recovery process. This action will support […]

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Pennsylvania Legislature Approves Cocktails To-Go During COVID-19

Statement by Distilled Spirits Council Vice President David Wojnar “The hospitality industry has been one of the hardest hit during COVID-19. The opportunity for Pennsylvania’s restaurants to sell cocktails to-go will be a valuable economic lifeline during this pandemic. This critical revenue stream will help support struggling hospitality industry workers, while providing adult consumers with […]

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Distilleries Making Hand Sanitizer to Fight COVID-19

We are in this together! There are hundreds of distillers producing hand sanitizer for communities across the US to fight COVID-19. They are #DistillersUnited4ACause.

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PLCB Reverses Course, Will Not Increase Spirits Prices in August

Decision comes after spirits industry letter highlighting negative impact of price increases on consumers and businesses Several spirits suppliers were notified yesterday that the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) is no longer seeking to increases prices in August as previously outlined in an early March correspondence to suppliers. This change of course follows a joint […]

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