History of the Distilled Spirits Council

In 1973, three organizations—the Bourbon Institute, the Distilled Spirits Institute and the Licensed Beverage Industries, Inc.—merged to form the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS).

Today, DISCUS is the national trade association representing leading producers and marketers of distilled spirits products in the United States.

Over the years, DISCUS has served as the distillers’ voice on policy and legislative issues in our nation’s capital, state capitals and foreign capitals worldwide.

Destination Distillery builds upon the foundation of the American Whiskey Trail, a tourism initiative created in 2004 by DISCUS in partnership with Mount Vernon and George Washington’s historic distillery. Over the nearly two decades since, there has been a proliferation of more than 2,000 small distilleries in cities and towns across the country. Visit destinationdistillery.com to plan your next spirited adventure.

Learn more about the heritage of the distilled spirits industry below.