Rhode Island Governor Signs Bill Extending Cocktails To-Go Until 2022

Rhode Island Governor Daniel McKee recently signed HB 5105 , a bill allowing cocktails to-go from restaurants and bars until March 1, 2022 – increasing consumer convenience and supporting hospitality businesses devastated by COVID-19. “By being able to sell cocktails to-go during the pandemic, Rhode Island’s restaurants and bars were provided a critical economic lifeline that prevented […]

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U.S. Spirits Industry Urges UK To Drop Tariff on American Whiskey 

U.S. Spirits Industry Urges UK To Drop Tariff on American Whiskey   -American Whiskey remains the only spirits category subject to tariffs between the UK and U.S.-  WASHINGTON – The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) submitted official comments to the UK Department of International Trade underscoring the severe impact its retaliatory tariffs on Bourbon and […]

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Celebrate Fourth of July with the Category Revolutionizing the Industry: Spirits-Based RTDs

Growth of ready-to-drink cocktails accelerates as adult consumers look to entertain at home with premium, convenient spirits products WASHINGTON – As the country eases back into congregating for fireworks and parades this year, many adult consumers will fire up their grills and raise a glass (or can!) to the nation’s independence with a ready-to-drink (RTD) […]

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Colorado Governor Signs Bill to Extend Cocktails To-Go Until 2025

Colorado Governor Jared Polis today signed HB 1027 , a measure to extend cocktails to-go from restaurants and bars until July 1, 2025. “Governor Polis acted swiftly to support Colorado hospitality businesses by allowing cocktails to-go during the pandemic,” said Kristi Brown, Distilled Spirits Council of the United States Senior Director of State Government Relations. “Cocktails to-go […]

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Bill Equalizing Tax for Spirits-Based and Malt-/Beer-Based Ready-to-Drink Products Passes NJ Committee

Distilled Spirits Council and president of New Jersey Craft Distillers Guild push back against false claims made by beer industry Today, the New Jersey Senate Budget and Appropriates Committee overwhelmingly passed SB 3452, legislation to equalize the tax rate for spirits-based and malt-/beer-based ready-to-drink (RTD) products with similar alcohol by volume (ABV) up to 9.9 […]

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Toasts Not Tariffs Coalition Statement on 5-year Tariff Suspensions with UK and EU

Statement by the Toasts Not Tariffs Coalition on President Biden Securing 5-Year Tariff Suspensions with UK and EU Leaders in WTO Boeing-Airbus Dispute “We commend the administration’s tremendous progress in resetting the important trading relationships between the U.S., EU and UK, which have been instrumental for the growth of the hospitality sectors on both sides of […]

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DISCUS Statement on 5-year tariff suspension with UK

Statement by Chris Swonger, president and CEO of the Distilled Spirits Council, on the U.S.-UK announcement to suspend tariffs for 5 years on distilled spirits products as part of the WTO Boeing-Airbus trade dispute agreement “The U.S.–UK agreement to suspend tariffs on distilled spirits products for five years in the long-standing WTO Boeing-Airbus dispute is another welcome […]

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Massachusetts Governor Signs Bill Extending Cocktails To-Go Until May 2022

Today, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed SB 2475 , legislation extending cocktails to-go until May 1, 2022, effective immediately – increasing consumer convenience and supporting hospitality businesses devastated by COVID-19. “Governor Baker and the legislature acted swiftly to support Massachusetts hospitality businesses by allowing cocktails to-go during the pandemic,” said Jay Hibbard, Distilled Spirits Council of the […]

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PA Senate Passes Bill to Make Cocktails To-Go Permanent, Expand Outlets that Carry Ready-to-Drink Cocktails

Today, the Pennsylvania Senate passed HB 1154 , a bill to make cocktails to-go permanent and allow the sale of ready-to-drink (RTD) cocktails from additional retail outlets that already sell malt- and wine-based RTDs. The bill now heads to the House for concurrence. Fifteen states have currently made COVID-era cocktails to-go measures permanent. With the expiration of […]

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Women of the Vine & Spirits and Distilled Spirits Council of the United States Collaborate to Provide Ongoing Industry Training on Workplace Harassment

The series will provide effective training to prevent harassment in the alcohol beverage industry  Women of the Vine & Spirits (WOTVS) and the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) announced today the two organizations are launching an ongoing training series in response to the disturbing reports of harassment, violence and discrimination faced by many in the alcohol beverage industry. […]

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