Distilled Spirits Council Toasts to International Scotch Day

Super-premium blended Scotch whisky sales in the United States rose a robust 13.0 percent and super-premium single malt sales were up 8.8 percent in 2017, the Distilled Spirits Council said today, as America celebrates International Scotch Day.

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Distilled Spirits Council Reports Record Spirits Sales

The Distilled Spirits Council today reported at its annual economic briefing record spirits sales and volumes in addition to continued market share gains versus beer in 2017.  

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NAS Report: Missed Opportunity To Address Impaired Driving

Distilled Spirits Council President and CEO Kraig R. Naasz today issued the following statement in response to the National Academy of Sciences Report on Alcohol-Impaired Driving: “As leaders in the fight against drunk driving, we share the goal of improved traffic safety, including zero alcohol-impaired driving fatalities, and support a number of the recommendations contained […]

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The Hill Names Council’s Naasz, Gorman & Culver Top Lobbyists for 2017

The Hill, one of Washington, D.C.’s premier publications covering Congress, the Administration and politics, named the Distilled Spirits Council’s Kraig R. Naasz, Mark Gorman and David Culver to its  2017 Association Top Lobbyists List . The Capitol Hill newspaper cited the Council’s efforts on tax reform and reducing the federal excise tax for spirits, wine and beer as a reason […]

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Luxury Tequilas on the Rise: Tequila No Longer Just Cinco de Mayo Treat

*The following data has been updated. For 2017 data and to view the tequila video, please click here * WASHINGTON, D.C. – Over the past decade, tequila has shifted from the traditional frozen margarita to luxury tequila offerings served in artisan cocktails, neat or on the rocks, according to the Distilled Spirits Council. The Council reports […]

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Distilled Spirits Council to Showcase American Spirits in the United Kingdom

The Distilled Spirits Council today announced that it is conducting an export promotion initiative in London, United Kingdom September 20 and 21 for 23 small and large distillers, designed to showcase American distilled spirits products in one of the most important markets for U.S. distilled spirits.

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Distilled Spirits Council Lauds Tax Reform’s Federal Excise Tax Reduction on Beverage Alcohol

The Distilled Spirits Council today issued the following statement from Council President & CEO Kraig R. Naasz on congressional passage of a two-year version of the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act as included in the comprehensive tax reform package, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. “The Distilled Spirits Council commends U.S. House and Senate leaders and their […]

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Alcohol Abuse Declines Among All Age Groups According to New U.S. Government Report

Alcohol abuse trends among all age groups declined in 2016 compared to the prior year, according to the newly-released National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). The survey showed marked declines in binge drinking and heavy drinking among all adult age group breakdowns.  (Report tables) “The distilled spirits sector is committed to promoting moderate and responsible […]

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Distilled Spirits Council Statement on Senate Passage of Tax Reform

The Distilled Spirits Council today issued the following statement from Council President & CEO Kraig R. Naasz on Senate passage of tax reform. “The Distilled Spirits Council commends Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch and their colleagues for their efforts to enact comprehensive tax reform.  The two-year version of the Craft Beverage […]

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Distilled Spirits Council statement by President & CEO Kraig R. Naasz on the two-year tax cut included in Senate Finance Committee Amendment

We commend Senator Portman and the Senate Finance Committee for recognizing the excessive tax burden faced by the more than 1,200 operating distilleries nationwide, as well as the important role distilleries of all sizes play in generating jobs, supporting agriculture and boosting tourism. With more than half the cost of a typical bottle of spirits […]

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