Why Join DISCUS | Distilled Spirits Council of the United States

About DISCUS Membership

DISCUS is the leading convener of the spirits industry, bringing together producers large and small, supply chain professionals and our service partners. All DISCUS members enjoy access to, and influence on, its best-in-class advocacy efforts in Washington, DC, state capitols across the US and in key markets around the world. Membership with the leading trade association in the producer tier gives company leader’s insights, intelligence, and analysis from our professional staff, exclusive industry reports and our network of contacts from around the world, helping you make strategic decisions to grow your business in the US and around the world.

All DISCUS Members also receive:

For more information about joining DISCUS as a Director, Craft or Partner Member contact the Membership Department by emailing [email protected] or calling 202-628-3544.

Why Join: Craft Membership

Access and Influence

  • Access to Industry Experts and Leaders in the Spirits Industry: DISCUS expertise can help you make strategic decisions to grow your business and avoid potentially costly errors. DISCUS staff regularly interacts with leaders at TTB, USDA, and international regulatory bodies, providing members with information on current rules and laws, as well as the thinking behind the regulations.
  • Representation at the federal, state, and local levels on legislative and regulatory proposals; DISCUS is your voice in Washington, DC and in state capitols across the country.
  • Engage with the DISCUS State Government Relations team, comprised of 6 Vice Presidents covering the country and a team of 35 contract lobbyists with a track record of increasing market access and mitigating tax threats in all 50 states and the District of Columbia

Insight and Analysis

Business Development and Marketing

  • Opportunities to raise your profile, promote products, and showcase your brands in the US and in international markets at Council-sponsored product promotion events.
  • DISCUS events are attended by industry leaders and business partners throughout the spirits sector, along with public officials, the media and other opinion leaders
  • MAP Program: benefit from access to the DISCUS/USDA Market Access Program, which provides access to international trade shows, trade mission and overseas promotion to help promote the export of American Spirits/American Agriculture


  • Potential Savings on Health Insurance through the Association Healthcare Plan (restrictions may apply)
  • Discounts on DISCUS events, including the DISCUS Annual Conference
  • Additional product savings updated monthly on the DISCUS Member Portal
  • Solutions and savings for small and midsize businesses including travel, insurance, shipping, and more

Why Join: Partner Membership


  • DISCUS Partner members receive website recognition as a DISCUS member
  • Depending on the level selected, members may have the ability to share thought leadership through webinars and /or white papers
  • Social Media and Press release recognition for members
  • Feature in the “Spirited Advocate” weekly e-newsletter

Business Intelligence/Analysis


  • Exclusive event invitations
  • Unique sponsorship opportunities of DISCUS events not available to nonmembers
  • Discounts on events registrations, including the DISCUS Annual Conference