Wisconsin General Assembly Passes Bill to Allow Cocktails To-Go

Measure heads to Senate, would provide support to struggling hospitality businesses Today, the Wisconsin State Assembly passed AB32 , a bill allowing cocktails to-go from restaurants and taverns – increasing consumer convenience and supporting hospitality businesses devastated by COVID-19. The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration. “The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated Wisconsin’s hospitality businesses, […]

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DISCUS Statement on the Senate Confirmation of Katherine Tai as U.S. Trade Representative

Distilled Spirits Council Statement on the Senate Confirmation of  Katherine Tai as U.S. Trade Representative On behalf of the nation’s distillers, we congratulate Katherine Tai on her confirmation as United States Trade Representative.  We look forward to working with her to build back our key trading relationships, which will help restore important export markets and support […]

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Kentucky Governor Makes Cocktails To-Go Permanent

Third state to make temporary COVID-Era measure permanent Today, Governor Andy Beshear made Kentucky the third state in the nation to make a COVID-era cocktails to-go measure permanent by signing SB 67 . The bill permanently allows cocktails to-go from restaurants, bars and distilleries which will increase consumer convenience and support hospitality businesses devastated by COVID-19. The […]

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Economic Analysis: Oregon Bill to Increase Markup on Distilled Spirits, Could Cost 6,000 Oregonian Jobs  

The Oregon Legislature is set to consider a proposal to increase the state’s spirits markup by nearly 40 percent in the next six years, a move that would threaten more than 6,000 Oregonian jobs, according to a new economic analysis by the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS). The bill, HB 3296 , calls for […]

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Maine Legislature Sends Bill Extending Cocktails To-Go to September 2022 to Governor’s Desk for Signature

Last night, the Maine Legislature passed L.D. 205 , which would extend cocktails to-go from restaurants and bars with a food purchase until September 2022. The measure now heads to Governor Janet Mills’ desk for signature. “The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated Maine’s hospitality businesses, and it will take years for them to fully recover,” said Jay Hibbard, […]

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Oklahoma House Passes Bill to Allow Cocktails To-Go Until 2022

Measure will provide support to struggling hospitality businesses Today, the Oklahoma House passed HB 2122 , a bill to allow cocktails to-go from restaurants until July 1, 2022 – increasing consumer convenience and supporting hospitality businesses devastated by COVID-19. The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration. “The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated Oklahoma’s hospitality businesses, and […]

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DISCUS Statement: President Biden Signs Covid-19 Relief Package Into Law Including $28.6 Billion for Hospitality Businesses

President Biden Signs Covid-19 Relief Package Into Law Including $28.6 Billion for Hospitality Businesses Statement by Distilled Spirits Council President & CEO Chris Swonger “This critical funding provides hope and optimism for millions of restaurant, bar and craft distillery owners and hospitality workers who have hung in there over the past year waiting for brighter […]

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Green Beer No More: Americans Will Be Toasting St. Patrick’s Day with a Dram of Irish Whiskey

Many American adults will be raising a dram of super premium Irish Whiskey this St. Patrick’s Day with interest in the Emerald Isle whiskey at an all-time high, according to the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) and Drinks Ireland | Irish Whiskey Association (IWA). DISCUS reports that U.S. consumer interest in the Irish […]

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Texas Lawmakers Move to Make Cocktails To-Go Permanent,  Measure Unanimously Passes Out of House Committee

Today, the Texas House Licensing and Administrative Procedures (LAP) Committee unanimously passed HB 1024 , a bill to make cocktails to-go permanent which will help support hospitality businesses devastated by COVID-19 and provide increased convenience to consumers. “The COVID-19 pandemic has devastated Texas’ hospitality businesses, and it will take years for them to fully recover,” said Kristi […]

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Distilled Spirits Council Announces Environmental Protection Agency ENERGY STAR® Partnership

The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) announced today that it was accepted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as an ENERGY STAR® program partner. As part of this partnership with EPA, DISCUS will promote the valuable tools and insights offered by the ENERGY STAR program to help the spirits industry understand […]

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