USDA Awards Distilled Spirits Council $815,000 In Agricultural Trade Promotion Program Funding

Designed to Assist with Adverse Impact of Retaliatory Tariffs   The Distilled Spirits Council today announced that it applied for and was awarded $815,000 through USDA’s Agricultural Trade Program (ATP), which was set up specifically to assist those agricultural groups that are being adversely impacted by retaliatory tariffs. “USDA recognized the recent imposition of retaliatory tariffs on U.S. spirits […]

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Texas House Legislation Would Repeal Antiquated “Blue Law’’ and Allow Package Stores to Open on Sundays

Texans would have the opportunity to purchase their favorite distilled spirits from package stores on Sundays under new legislation introduced in the Texas Legislature. State Rep. Richard Peña Raymond, D-Laredo, has introduced House Bill 1100 that would allow Texas package stores to open seven days a week. The legislation, if approved by the 86th Legislature, would repeal one […]

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Distilled Spirits Council Urges End of Retaliatory Tariffs on U.S. Spirits

The Distilled Spirits Council, in coordination with a diverse, ad hoc coalition of more than 45 business and agricultural groups, today sent a letter to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer requesting that the United States work with Mexico and Canada to end retaliatory tariffs on U.S. goods as soon as possible. “U.S. spirits have […]

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Distilled Spirits Council Supports Ending Dry Counties in Virginia

The Distilled Spirits Council today registered strong support for legislation that would allow alcohol sales in all jurisdictions of the Commonwealth. Virginia. SB 1110 , sponsored by Virginia Senator Bryce Reeves, was reported out of the Senate’s Committee on Rehabilitation and Social Services earlier today. The legislation would make the entire state of Virginia wet, requiring localities to […]

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New Distilled Spirits Council Study Shows No Impact on Spirits Sales from Legalized Recreational Marijuana

Distilled spirits sales have not been negatively impacted in the three states that have had legalized recreational marijuana retail sales the longest, according to a study by the Distilled Spirits Council. This new in-depth analysis, utilizing state-level alcohol tax receipts and actual alcohol shipment data, examined per capita alcohol sales in Colorado, Washington state and […]

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Distilled Spirits Council Criticizes Treasury Dept. For Failure to Allow Excise Duty-Drawback in Rule

The Distilled Spirits Council today criticized the U.S. Treasury Department for rejecting the excise tax drawback on spirits, beer and wine that are produced in the United States for export, as Congress explicitly directed in the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (TFTEA). The U.S. Treasury Department and U.S. Customs and Border Protection […]

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Distilled Spirits Council: Modernization Continues 85 Years After Prohibition Repeal

On the 85th Anniversary of Prohibition Repeal, the Distilled Spirits Council toasts to the spirits renaissance and continued modernization of alcohol laws and regulations across the country. The 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified December 5, 1933, repealing the 18th Amendment and bringing an end to Prohibition in America. Since Prohibition Repeal 85 […]

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Seasoned PR Pro Maggie Quinn Joins Distilled Spirits Council as NY-based Public Relations Director

The Distilled Spirits Council, representing over 150 distillers of all sizes, announced today the appointment of Maggie Quinn as its new Director of Public Relations, based in New York. In her new role at the Council, Quinn will promote spirits trends, cocktail culture and industry heritage through media relations, special events and media tours, as […]

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Distilled Spirits Council Urges Boosting Exports, Ending Retaliatory Tariffs

The Distilled Spirits Council recently participated in two events to highlight the importance of export markets to the U.S. spirits industry. Distilled Spirits Council Senior Vice President for International Issues and Trade Christine LoCascio spoke at the Glass Packaging Institute ’s annual meeting about the tremendous growth in U.S. spirits exports over the past two decades and the […]

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Distilled Spirits Council Mourns Loss of Industry Legend and Pioneer Dave Pickerell

Spirits icon and pioneering distiller Dave Pickerell died recently in San Francisco. Pickerell spent 14 years as Master Distiller for Maker’s Mark before venturing out to help start many of the craft distilling operations now seen across the country. He was also critical in restoring George Washington’s Distillery at Mount Vernon. “Dave Pickerell was a […]

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