Washington, D.C. – The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States’ (DISCUS), America’s leading advocate for the distilled spirits industry, today welcomed Hotaling & Co. as the association’s newest Director Member.

Chris Swonger, DISCUS President and CEO commented:

“Hotaling & Co.’s history and reputation as a producer and importer of beloved spirits will be a tremendous addition to the DISCUS membership and our Board of Directors. We look forward to Hotaling & Co.’s contributions and unique expertise in shaping the future of premium spirits.” 

Established in 1993, Hotaling & Co. is credited for bringing back copper pot distilling to gin & rye whiskey within the U.S. with the creation of Junipero Gin and Old Potrero Rye Whiskey.  In 2010, Tony Foglio & Berry Brothers & Rudd purchased Hotaling & Co. and expanded beyond production in San Francisco to incorporate importing a collection of super-premium artisanal spirits from around the world. Today, Hotaling & Co. is San Francisco’s leading importer and distiller of super-premium artisanal spirits including Luxardo Liqueurs & Cherries, Nikka Whisky, Junipero Gin, No.3 Gin, HINE Cognac, Lot 40 Rye Whisky, Convite Mezcal, Kavalan Whisky, Denizen Rum, HIRSCH Selected Whiskeys, Writers’ Tears Whiskey, Speyburn Whisky, Arran Whisky, Old Potrero Rye Whiskey, and more.

Dan Leese, CEO and President of Hotaling & Co. added:

“Hotaling & Co. is excited for this opportunity to join DISCUS’ Board of Directors and look forward to helping shape the industry’s next chapter.  Celebrating 26 years of distilling and our 10th year of commercially uniting artisan distillers from around the world, we aim to keep the spirit and passion of our traditions in the spirits industry for generations to come.”


The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) is the leading voice and advocate for distilled spirits in the U.S.

In addition to Hotaling & Co., DISCUS Director Members include Agave Loco, LLC; Bacardi U.S.A., Inc.; Beam Suntory, Inc.; Brown-Forman Corporation; Campari America; Constellation Brands, Inc.; DIAGEO; Edrington USA; Mast-Jägermeister US, Inc.; MGP Ingredients, Inc.; MHW, Ltd., Moet Hennessy USA; Ole Smoky Distillery LLC; Pernod Ricard, USA; and Rémy Cointreau USA, Inc.