Michigan Governor Signs Cocktails To-Go Bill into Law

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D-Mich.) today signed HB 5811 into law allowing restaurants and bars to sell cocktails to-go in sealed containers. “Cocktails to-go have been a crucial economic lifeline for hospitality businesses across the nation hit hard by the pandemic,” said David Wojnar, Distilled Spirits Council of the United States Vice President of State […]

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From Glass to Grill – It’s Bourbon & BBQ This Fourth of July

Congregating for fireworks or parades may be out this Fourth of July, but across the country adult consumers will be firing up their grills and raising a glass to our nation’s independence with American Whiskey, according to the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS). DISCUS reports that in 2019, more than 26 million 9-liter […]

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13 Companies Join Distilled Spirits Council of the United States’ Partner Member Program in First Half of 2020

WASHINGTON — The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS), the leading voice and advocate for the U.S. spirits industry, today announced 13 companies have joined the organization as Partner Members in the first half of 2020, bringing the total number of partner member companies to 30 since the program was established summer 2019. […]

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Iowa Governor Makes Cocktails To-Go Measure Permanent

First state to make the temporary measure in response to COVID-19 permanent Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds today signed legislation, HF 2540, making cocktails to-go permanent. This marks the first state in the nation to make permanent the temporary economic relief measure put in place in response to COVID-19. “Iowa’s hospitality businesses have suffered greatly due […]

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Texas Governor Allows Cocktails To-Go, Providing Support for Struggling Hospitality Businesses

Texas Governor Greg Abbot issued guidance through the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission over the weekend allowing restaurants and bars to sell pre-mixed cocktails to-go. “Allowing restaurants and bars to sell cocktails to-go will be a lifeline for Texas hospitality businesses as they continue to struggle with the evolving hardships caused by COVID-19,” said Dale Szyndrowski, Distilled […]

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Georgia General Assembly Approves Home Delivery of Spirits and Package Store Tastings

Bill heads to Governor Kemp’s desk for signature The Georgia General Assembly passed legislation yesterday to allow home delivery of spirits and spirits tastings in off-premise retail stores. “Home delivery of spirits will increase consumer convenience while providing additional revenue for local businesses,” said Jay Hibbard, Distilled Spirits Council Vice President of State Government Relations. […]

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New York Governor Cuomo to Extend Cocktails To-Go in Support of Hospitality Industry

Statement from the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States “By extending cocktails to-go, Governor Cuomo will provide a critical lifeline to local hospitality businesses that continue to struggle with the devastating impacts of COVID-19,” said Jay Hibbard, DISCUS Vice President of State Government Relations. “This extension will give additional stability to restaurants and bars. […]

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Michigan Legislature Sends Cocktails To-Go Bill to Governor Whitmer  

The Michigan Legislature today passed a bill, HB 5811, to allow restaurants and bars to sell cocktails to-go in sealed containers. “By approving cocktails to-go, the legislature is throwing a much-needed economic lifeline to Michigan restaurants and bars,” said David Wojnar, Distilled Spirits Council of the United States Vice President of State Government Relations. “Cocktails […]

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Delaware Legislature Approves Extension of Cocktails To-Go

Statement from the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States “We applaud the Delaware Legislature for acting swiftly to support local hospitality businesses by extending cocktails to-go,” said Jay Hibbard, DISCUS Vice President of State Government Relations. “Restaurants, bars and taverns are in desperate need of stability and increased cash flow as they work to […]

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DISCUS Statement in Response to USTR’s Notice of Proposed Retaliatory Tariffs on Additional EU Distilled Spirits Products  

Distilled Spirits Council of the United States Statement in Response to USTR’s Notice of Proposed Retaliatory Tariffs on Additional EU Distilled Spirits Products  USTR is requesting public input on whether it should impose new tariffs on EU spirits, including Scotch Whisky, Irish Whiskey, other Whiskeys and Grape Brandy (from all EU members), vodka and gin from the […]

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