Washington, D.C.– The Distilled Spirits Council and The Smithsonian Associates announce the Winter 2003 educational program exploring the history of distilled spirits, through lectures and tastings. Offered through The Smithsonian Associates Resident Associates program, the five-session course will commence Thursday, February 6th at 6:30 p.m. with a course addressing the history of vodka and gin. Each course will feature distilled spirits industry experts as guest lecturers, as well as offering a tasting of distilled spirits products. “The history of distilled spirits is part of the cultural fabric of nations throughout the world,” said Dr. Peter Cressy, President and CEO of the Distilled Spirits Council. “It is an honor to partner with The Smithsonian Associates in order to bring this educational series to the public and share some of our industry’s rich heritage.” Among the distinguished industry experts presenting during the “A History and Tastings of Distilled Spirits,” are Scott Reid, Global Marketing Director, Finlandia Vodka Worldwide and Gary Regan, Master Mixologist and co-author of The Book of Bourbon, Feb 6; Mike Greisser, Vice Chairman, McCormick Distilling, Feb 13, on rum and tequila; Maker’s Mark CEO Bill Samuels and Chris Morris, Master Distiller, Brown-Forman Beverages Worldwide, Feb 27, on Bourbon and Whiskies; and Evan Cattanach, Schieffelin & Somerset Director of Scotch Knowledge, March 6, on Scotch Whisky. The course will be taught in a relaxed and informal atmosphere at The Commons Dining Room, Smithsonian Castle, 1000 Jefferson Drive, SW, in Washington, D.C. Each session offers representative tastings from the evening’s lectures paired with hors d’oeuvres. The program is open to adults over the age of 21 and the cost for the entire program is $115 for Resident Associate members and $160 for the general public. For additional information and class registration, please contact The Smithsonian Associates at 202-357-3030. About The Distilled Spirits Council The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, Inc. (DISCUS) is a national trade association representing producers and marketers of distilled spirits sold in the United States. Our members’ quality products include the full spectrum of distilled spirits such as Bourbon, Scotch and other whiskeys, vodka, gin, tequila, rum, brandy, cordials and liqueurs. The distillers take special pride in their products as well as in their efforts to encourage responsible beverage alcohol consumption by those adults who choose to drink. Website: https://www.distilledspirits.org/ About The Smithsonian Associates The Smithsonian Associates (TSA) offers a variety of educational programs and study tours that open the doors to the Smithsonian’s world of opportunity. Established over 30 years ago as the membership, cultural, and educational arm of the Smithsonian Institution, The Smithsonian Associates is recognized as the world’s largest and most esteemed museum-based continuing education and study tour program. The goal of The Smithsonian Associates is to share the vast intellectual resources of the Smithsonian, which in turn strengthens the bond between the American people and their national museum. To involve the public in the life of the Institution, The Smithsonian Associates creates educational activities that take many forms and occur in many settings–on the National Mall, across the country, and around the world. Website: www.SmithsonianAssociates.org.