Bipartisan Majority of Representatives and Senators Back Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act

Support for the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (H.R. 1175/ S.362) continues to build momentum with 218 members of the United States House of Representatives and 65 members of the Senate supporting the bipartisan legislation. Introduced by Representatives Ron Kind (D-WI) and Mike Kelly (R-PA) and Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Roy Blunt […]

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Alcohol Trade Groups Call on USTR To Remove Spirits and Wine From Retaliatory Tariffs List of EU Products

Trade groups representing several beverage alcohol suppliers, wholesalers, importers and retailers, submitted comments to the United States Trade Representative (USTR) urging the removal of spirits, wine and non-alcoholic beer from its draft list of European Union (EU) products being targeted for proposed retaliatory tariffs. The preliminary list of targeted EU products, which was announced by […]

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Texas House and Senate Approve Historic Legislation to Promote a Free Market for Liquor Store Ownership

The Texas Senate and House of Representatives have overwhelmingly approved historic legislation that strikes down a decades-old anticompetitive and unconstitutional loophole limiting liquor store ownership that will promote a free and fair market in Texas. The Legislature approved HB 1545, sponsored by Sen. Brian Birdwell, R-Granbury, and Rep. Chris Paddie, R-Marshall, that would authorize the […]

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Distilled Spirits Council Commends Agreement with Canada and Mexico to Lift Retaliatory Tariffs on American Whiskey

The Distilled Spirits Council today welcomed news that the United States, Canada, and Mexico reached an agreement that will result in the prompt repeal of retaliatory tariffs on American Whiskey exports to Canada and Mexico. “We thank the Administration for reaching an agreement to secure the removal of retaliatory tariffs on American Whiskey exports to […]

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Distilled Spirits Council Blasts Proposed 10% Alcohol Tax Increase in Connecticut

The Distilled Spirits Council today called on the Connecticut legislature to reject the budget proposal by the state Joint Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee, which included a new 10 percent excise tax increase on alcohol. “The proposal is a massive tax increase on consumers that received no oversight or chance for public comment,” said Distilled Spirits […]

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Distilled Spirits Council Statement on New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Action to Ban Alcohol Advertising on City Property

The Distilled Spirits Council today issued the following statement from Distilled Spirits Council Vice President Jay Hibbard: The mayor’s decision to ban alcohol advertising is misguided and unsupported by the scientific research. The research is clear – parents and other adults are the most influential factors in a youth’s decision whether or not to drink […]

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Pennsylvania Senate Introduces Legislation Expanding Consumer Access to Distilled Spirits

The Distilled Spirits Council today lauded legislation introduced by State Senator Gene Yaw (R-23) that would expand the number of outlets permitted to sell spirits in Pennsylvania. The legislation, SB 548, would increase the number of spirits outlets by allowing existing off-premise licensees, including grocery stores with “R licenses” and beer retailers, to immediately begin […]

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Texas Senate and House recognize April as Alcohol Responsibility Month

The Texas Senate and House of Representatives today recognized April as Alcohol Responsibility Month as “a welcome opportunity to call attention to the work that must be done to further reduce the tragic impact of drunk driving and underage drinking in Texas.” The Senate and House approved SR 536 by Sen. Kelly Hancock, R-North Richland Hills, and […]

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Governor Northam Signs Law Expanding Hours of Sunday Spirits Sales

Beginning July 1, 2019, Virginians will be able to purchase a bottle of spirits on Sundays beginning at 10 a.m. instead of noon, under a new law recently signed by Governor Ralph Northam. “Increasing shopping convenience is good for the consumer and good for Virginia,” said David Wojnar, Vice President of the Distilled Spirits Council, […]

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Impact of Retaliatory Tariffs on American Whiskeys Accelerates

The Distilled Spirits Council today released a new report showing the negative impact of the retaliatory tariffs on American Whiskeys is accelerating, particularly to the European Union (EU), according to full year 2018 export data. Last month, at its Annual Economic Briefing, the Council reported the imposition of retaliatory tariffs beginning in June 2018 caused American […]

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