“The Distilled Spirits Council and the entire spirits industry mourns the passing of Beer Institute President Jeff Becker and extends our sincere condolences to his family, friends and colleagues. Jeff was an outstanding leader, reliable ally and a dear friend. An articulate spokesperson for the entire beverage alcohol industry, his passionate voice and forceful presence will be sorely missed. Our deepest condolences to all who knew and loved him,” said Distilled Spirits Council President Peter Cressy.