SUNDAY LIQUOR SALES INCREASES STATE REVENUES AND CONSUMER CONVENIENCE – Legislation could generate $7.5 to $14 million in new tax revenues

March 12, 2003 – The state of Washington could generate between $7.5 and $14 million in new tax revenue if proposed legislation is passed to fully allow Sunday sales of distilled spirits, according to an economic analysis by the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States. “At a time when Washington is facing a huge […]

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TIRED OF GREEN BEER! Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Stylish Green Cocktails

The cocktail craze in America is going strong and bartenders across the U.S. have responded with a surge of unique martinis and other delightful drinks for holidays and other occasions. This St. Patrick’s Day, Americans can celebrate with a diverse range of festive cocktails, a stylish alternative to green beer. Patrick MacElroy, of the Distilled […]

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DISTILLED SPIRITS COUNCIL TESTIFIES DOUBLING LIQUOR TAX HURTS HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY — Massive Alcohol Tax Increase Will Cost Jobs, Revenue

Annapolis— In testimony before the Senate Budget and Taxation committee, the Distilled Spirits Council strongly opposed proposed legislation to increase Maryland’s excise taxes on spirits, beer and wine calling it “a tax which hurts the hospitality industry and loses jobs for Maryland.” The two bills, SB 384 and SB 529, call for increases in distilled […]

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Treasury Approves Health Statements for Beverage Alcohol Containers and Advertising

WASHINGTON, DC – The Treasury Department published today its Final Rule permitting, under certain circumstances, health claims and other health-related statements on the container labels and in the advertising for spirits, beer and wine products. “We are pleased the Treasury Department has recognized the potential health benefits associated with moderate spirits, beer and wine consumption,” […]

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CASA MANIPULATES FIGURES AGAIN -CASA again manipulates findings on underage drinking and “excessive” drinking-

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Just one year after the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) was publicly rebuked by the government and major media organizations for botching statistics on underage drinking, the Distilled Spirits Council today once again challenged CASA’s latest report calling it, “another attempt to manipulate data to get sensational headlines.” “CASA […]

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PRESIDENT’S DAY WITH A TWIST – Historic Cocktails Add Spirit to the Holiday! –

Washington, DC — February 11, 2003 — With President’s Day fast approaching, here are a few interesting facts about some of our presidents and the cocktails they loved. Numerous occupants of the Oval Office have been known for a signature cocktail or spirit. Ulysses S. Grant was a bourbon drinker whose Civil War leadership inspired […]

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LOVE POTION No. 9 — MIX YOUR OWN MAGICAL ELIXIR THIS VALENTINE’S DAY

Chocolate, flowers, champagne or other traditional fare won’t win any points for creativity with your lover for Valentine’s Day. Instead, take a cue from the Distilled Spirits Council, and mix it up with fun and creative libations that will put you both in the mood for love. Coupling a cocktail with your loved one’s personality […]

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

Providence, R.I., Feb. 5, 2003 – In testimony today before the Rhode Island House Corporations Committee, the Distilled Spirits Council urged legislators to pass a bill permitting sales of spirits on Sundays during the holiday season, stating it will result in “greater convenience for hectic holiday shoppers and more revenue for the state.” The legislation, […]

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DISTILLED SPIRITS COUNCIL AND THE SMITHSONIAN ASSOCIATES ANNOUNCE SPIRITS INDUSTRY HISTORY AND TASTINGS COURSE

Washington, D.C.– The Distilled Spirits Council and The Smithsonian Associates announce the Winter 2003 educational program exploring the history of distilled spirits, through lectures and tastings. Offered through The Smithsonian Associates Resident Associates program, the five-session course will commence Thursday, February 6th at 6:30 p.m. with a course addressing the history of vodka and gin. […]

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BYE BYE BLUE LAWS: MASS. OKAYS LIQUOR TASTINGS

BOSTON — Under new state regulations released yesterday, Massachusetts became the 25th state to allow liquor tastings—and the 5th in the last 12 months–accelerating the hot consumer trend of sampling premium and super premium products in package stores, according to the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States. “Massachusetts is the latest state to recognize […]

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