DISCUS HOSTS COCKTAIL SEMINAR FEATURING MASTER MIXOLOGIST FRANCESCO LAFRANCONI

Las Vegas, NV – Master Mixologist Francesco Lafranconi of Southern Wine and Spirits of Nevada entertained the media and the spirits industry on March 9th at a cocktail seminar hosted by the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. Francesco demonstrated how to make cocktails using what […]

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SUNDAY SPIRITS SALES LEGAL FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE PROHIBITION – Idaho Governor Repeals Blue Law Bringing Consumers’ Convenience, State Revenue

BOISE, ID, March 18, 2004 — Idaho consumers can now buy distilled spirits seven days a week for the first time in over 70 years under legislation signed today by Gov. Dirk Kempthorne, according to the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS). “This historic change is a big victory for Idaho consumers and […]

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DISTILLED SPIRITS COUNCIL LAUNCHES GRASSROOTS CAMPAIGN www.stophospitalitytaxes.com

WASHINGTON, March 18, 2004 – Distilled Spirits Council President Peter Cressy, presenting at the American Beverage Licensees Convention in Las Vegas last week, kicked-off a new grassroots campaign, www.stophospitalitytaxes.com , to generate broad-based opposition to hospitality taxes. “Beverage alcohol is a major component of the hospitality industry. When beverage alcohol taxes are increased, it creates a […]

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‘STOCK THE BAR’ THEME FOR YOUR BRIDAL SHOWER — Defy Convention with Innovative Ideas

Washington, DC – The peak bridal season is upon us once again and you’re the fortunate person who has the task of planning the bridal shower. Tradition would dictate that you serve champagne and miniature crustless cucumber sandwiches; play games to determine who knows the couple best; and present gifts to the woman of the […]

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DISTILLED SPIRITS COUNCIL TESTIFIES IN SUPPORT OF RHODE ISLAND SUNDAY SALES LEGISLATION

Providence, R.I., March10, 2004 – In testimony today before the Rhode Island House Corporations Committee, the Distilled Spirits Council (DISCUS) urged legislators to pass a bill permitting year-round Sunday sales of spirits, stating it will result in “greater convenience for Rhode Island shoppers, more opportunities for retailers and increased revenue for the state.” Under HB […]

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DISTILLED SPIRITS COUNCIL APPLAUDS DEFEAT OF CALIFORNIA PROP 56 — Council calls it a victory for ‘the entire hospitality industry’

Washington, DC March 3, 2004 – The Distilled Spirits Council said yesterday’s defeat of California Proposition 56, a ballot initiative that would have lowered the number of votes needed in the state’s legislature for tax increases, was a victory for the hospitality industry. The measure was defeated by a vote of 65.8% against to 34.2% […]

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US Consumer Media Tour of Scotland Announced by Distilled Spirits Council of U.S. and Scotch Whisky Association

Washington, D.C./London, U.K.—The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) and the Edinburgh-based Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) today announced the launch of a jointly sponsored media tour of Scotland, slated for May 20-28th, focusing on its most famous export: Scotch Whisky. The visit, part of a bi-annual collaboration between the two organizations, is designed […]

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DISTILLED SPIRITS COUNCIL MOURNS THE DEATH OF JIM BEAM MASTER DISTILLER EMERITUS FREDERICK BOOKER NOE II

Washington, D.C. – Distilled Spirits Council President Peter H. Cressy expressed condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Jim Beam Master Distiller Emeritus Frederick Booker Noe II, grandson of the legendary Jim Beam, who died today in Bardstown, KY after an extended illness. Calling Noe “one of the crown jewels of the American Distilling […]

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Connecticut Could Lose $3.6 Million to Massachusetts and New York, Distilled Spirits Council Testifies

HARTFORD, February 19, 2004 – In testimony today before the General Law Committee, the Distilled Spirits Council testified that rolling back Connecticut’s antiquated Blue Law would help stop cross-border sales while bringing consumers added convenience and the state much-needed revenue. Under the legislation, SB 44, Connecticut package stores would be permitted to sell beer, wine […]

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U.S.-Australia Free Trade Agreement Will Eliminate Tariffs on Distilled Spirits

U.S. – Australia Free Trade Agreement Will Eliminate Tariffs on Distilled Spirits WASHINGTON —The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States said that under the U.S. – Australia Free Trade Agreement (FTA) successfully concluded last week, Australia has agreed to eliminate its duties on all distilled spirits imported from the United States. “The agreement is […]

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