Governor Cooper Allows North Carolina Distilleries, Restaurants and Bars to Sell Cocktails To-Go

Move supports hospitality businesses devastated by COVID-19 North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper issued an executive order today allowing distilleries, restaurants and bars to sell cocktails to-go. This executive order goes into effect today, December 21, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. and expires on January 31, 2021. “Distilleries, restaurants and bars in North Carolina have been some […]

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Statement by DISCUS President & CEO Chris Swonger on Inclusion of CBMTRA in the Year-End Legislative Package Making Permanent the FET Reduction for Distillers

Statement by Distilled Spirits Council President & CEO Chris Swonger on Inclusion of the Craft Beverage Modernization & Tax Reform Act in the Year-End Legislative Package Making Permanent the Federal Excise Tax Reduction for Distillers    “This is a huge sigh of relief for struggling craft distillers who have been on pins and needles awaiting the outcome […]

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Amanda Berger, Ph.D. Joins Distilled Spirits Council as Vice President of Science

WASHINGTON, DC – The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) today announced the appointment of Amanda Berger, Ph.D. as Vice President of Science.  In this role, Dr. Berger will advise DISCUS and the industry on matters related to scientific policy and research. Dr. Berger most recently served as Vice President of Research for Porter Novelli in Washington, […]

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Big Ass Fans Joins DISCUS’ Partner Membership Program as Platinum Member

BIG ASS FANS JOINS THE DISTILLED SPIRITS COUNCIL OF THE UNITED STATES’ PARTNER MEMBERSHIP PROGRAM AS PLATINUM MEMBER   Washington D.C. – Big Ass Fans today became a Platinum Member in the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States’ (DISCUS) Partner Membership Program, becoming the program’s 35th member. DISCUS President and CEO Chris Swonger welcomed […]

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DISCUS Statement Regarding UK Department of International Trade Announcement to Suspend Retaliatory Tariffs Against the U.S. as Part of the Airbus-Boeing Dispute

Statement by the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States Regarding UK Department of International Trade Announcement to Suspend Retaliatory Tariffs Against the U.S. as Part of the Airbus-Boeing Dispute We applaud the UK government for its decision to suspend the recent retaliatory tariffs on U.S. rum, brandy, and vodka. This is a hopeful sign that a resolution […]

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Florida Lawmakers Move to Make Cocktails To-Go Permanent in Florida  

Multiple measures introduced to support struggling hospitality businesses The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) today applauded Florida State Senators Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg) and Jennifer Bradley (R-Fleming Island) for introducing legislation to make cocktails to-go permanent – a move that will help support hospitality businesses devastated by COVID-19. “The path to recovery […]

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LAST CALL: December 1 Day of Action Planned to Urge Congressional Passage of Craft Beverage Modernization & Tax Reform Act Before Year-End Deadline

  LAST CALL: December 1 Day of Action Planned to Urge Congressional Passage of Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act Before Year-End Deadline WASHINGTON –  Leaders in the beverage alcohol sector are urging industry advocates across the nation to participate in a national Day of Action on December 1 by contacting their members of Congress […]

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USDA Awards Distilled Spirits Council $564,818 to Promote American Spirits Exports in 2021

USDA Awards Distilled Spirits Council $564,818 to Promote American Spirits Exports in 2021 WASHINGTON – The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) today announced it was granted $564,818 through its partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Market Access Program (MAP) to promote American spirits exports in 2021, a 10 percent increase over […]

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Distilled Spirits Council Forms New Environmental Sustainability Working Group

Distilled Spirits Council Forms New Environmental Sustainability Working Group Advancing Distillers’ Longstanding  Commitment to Sustainability Through Collaboration WASHINGTON – The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) announced today the formation of an Environmental Sustainability Working Group to collaborate and share effective strategies for maximizing resource utilization and eliminating waste at every step of […]

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New EU Tariffs on U.S. Spirits Further Devastates Once Booming Transatlantic Drinks Trade

New EU Tariffs on U.S. Spirits Further Devastates Once Booming Transatlantic Drinks Trade WASHINGTON – A coalition of 20 trade associations representing the U.S., European Union and United Kingdom wine and distilled spirits and related sectors today warned that new European Union tariffs of 25 percent on U.S. rum, brandy, vodka and vermouth would increase […]

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