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Dec 02, 2017 05:11 PM

Distilled Spirits Council Statement on Senate Passage of Tax Reform

The Distilled Spirits Council today issued the following statement from Council President & CEO Kraig R. Naasz on Senate passage of tax reform.

 
Nov 15, 2017 09:33 PM

Distilled Spirits Council statement by President & CEO Kraig R. Naasz on the two-year tax cut included in Senate Finance Committee Amendment

We commend Senator Portman and the Senate Finance Committee for recognizing the excessive tax burden faced by the more than 1,200 operating distilleries nationwide, as well as the important role distilleries of all sizes play in generating jobs, supporting agriculture and boosting tourism.

 
Nov 06, 2017 02:02 PM

The Hill Names Council’s Naasz, Gorman & Culver Top Lobbyists for 2017

The Hill, one of Washington, D.C.’s premier publications covering Congress, the Administration and politics, named the Distilled Spirits Council’s Kraig R. Naasz, Mark Gorman and David Culver to its 2017 Association Top Lobbyists List.

 

10th Anniversary of the George Washington's Distillery Reconstruction Toasted with Special Whiskey Collaboration

Top Distillers Gather at Mount Vernon to Craft Special Anniversary Rye Whiskey. Distillers from across the country today fired up the stills at George Washington’s Distillery to collaborate on a special rye whiskey in honor of the 10th anniversary of the historic distillery’s reconstruction.

 
Sep 26, 2017 12:33 PM

Distilled Spirits Council Showcases American Spirits in the United Kingdom

The Distilled Spirits Council recently conducted an export promotion initiative in London, United Kingdom September 20 and 21, 2017, for 19 small, medium and large distillers, showcasing American distilled spirits products in one of the most important markets for U.S. distilled spirits.

 
Sep 08, 2017 03:09 PM

Alcohol Abuse Declines Among All Age Groups According to New U.S. Government Report

Alcohol abuse trends among all age groups declined in 2016 compared to the prior year, according to the newly-released National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH).

 

American Spirits Export Value Rises by 10.6 Percent in First Half of 2017

The value of U.S. distilled spirits exports rose a robust 10.6 percent—up more than $67 million—to a total of $698.5 million in the first half of 2017 as compared with the same period in 2016, the Distilled Spirits Council reported today.

 
Aug 21, 2017 05:48 PM

Distilled Spirits Council to Showcase American Spirits in the United Kingdom

The Distilled Spirits Council today announced that it is conducting an export promotion initiative in London, United Kingdom September 20 and 21 for 23 small and large distillers, designed to showcase American distilled spirits products in one of the most important markets for U.S. distilled spirits.​

 

New Study Confirms Possible Benefits of Moderate Alcohol Consumption

Moderate alcohol consumption is associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and mortality from all-causes, according to a new, large study of over 333,000 U.S. adults published yesterday in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. The study findings did not differentiate between beer, wine and spirits.

 

Garden-Fresh Ideas for Slimmed Down Cocktails

As summertime enthusiasts enjoy the outdoor entertaining season and many home gardens are overflowing with herbs and produce, the Distilled Spirits Council has partnered with registered dietitian, Joy Dubost, and spirits author, Amy Zavatto, on tips to create slimmed down cocktails using fresh, locally grown ingredients.

 

Leading Government Survey Does Not Support Claims That Alcohol Use Disorder is on the Rise in the United States

The Distilled Spirits Council today issued the following statement in response to claims published in JAMA Psychiatry that suggests alcohol use disorder is on the rise in the United States. “While any amount of alcohol abuse is too much, the claims published in JAMA Psychiatry do not comport with findings of the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the federal government’s leading survey that tracks substance use disorders,” said Distilled Spirits Council's Dr. Sam Zakhari.

 

Distilled Spirits Council CEO Shares Responsibility Message with Fraternity Leadership Group

Distilled Spirits Council President & CEO Kraig R. Naasz served as keynote speaker for the annual Lambda Chi Alpha Stead Leadership Seminar, which was held at the University of Maryland, College Park. During remarks to 350 fraternity members gathered from colleges across the country, Naasz called upon chapter leaders to adhere to the strict code of self-accountability outlined in the organization’s charter and help implement what they learned during the seminar when returning to campus.

 
Aug 04, 2017 07:26 PM

Hospitality Sector Drives U.S. Employment as DOL Reports More Than 200,000 New Jobs in July

The Distilled Spirits Council and American Beverage Licensees hailed today’s Department of Labor (DOL) jobs report attributing the largest portion of the growth in employment to the food and drinks sector.​

 

Distilled Spirits Council and Tales of the Cocktail Partner on Moderation at Spirits Festival in New Orleans

The Distilled Spirits Council today announced a new partnership with Tales of the Cocktail to promote moderation messages during the week long spirits festival in New Orleans.

 
Jul 10, 2017 01:21 PM

Distilled Spirits Council Appoints Top Financial Executive as CFO

The Distilled Spirits Council today announced it has named long-time, Washington, D.C., not-for-profit financial executive Kevin Smith, CPA/MBA, as senior vice president of finance and administration.

 
Jul 07, 2017 09:00 PM

Distilled Spirits Council Says Potential EU Retaliation Threat Against Bourbon Would Be Misguided

The Distilled Spirits Council today issued the following statement in response to news reports regarding the European Union’s potential trade retaliation against some U.S. whiskey products in the context of actions the Trump Administration may be considering relative to aluminum and steel imports.

 
Jul 06, 2017 04:38 PM

Distilled Spirits Council Public Policy Conference Yields Immediate Results

More than 45 distilled spirits producers from across the country recently visited Washington, D.C., as part of the eighth annual Public Policy Conference hosted by the Distilled Spirits Council and significantly advanced the policy agenda of the beverage alcohol sector.

 

Five Tips for Hosting Responsible Summer Celebrations

With the July 4th holiday around the corner and the outdoor entertaining season kicking into high gear, the Distilled Spirits Council is sharing tips for hosting responsible summer celebrations.

 
Jun 15, 2017 11:01 AM

Distillers Storm Capitol Hill

More than 45 distilled spirits producers from across the country are gathering in Washington, D.C., June 20-21 for the eighth annual Public Policy Conference hosted by the Distilled Spirits Council.

 
Jun 03, 2017 08:22 PM

Distilled Spirits Council Statement on NFL Announcement Accepting Distilled Spirits Ads

“This is welcomed news but not too surprising given spirits companies have partnered with individual NFL teams, and other major professional sports leagues began accepting spirits advertising more than a decade ago,” said Distilled Spirits Council President & CEO Kraig R. Naasz. “Adult fans realize alcohol is alcohol and our responsible spirits sports marketing has been met with broad public acceptance.”

 
May 04, 2017 06:59 PM

Distilled Spirits Council Urges Governor Scott to Sign “Take Down the Wall” Legislation

The Distilled Spirits Council, the national trade association representing producers and marketers of distilled spirits sold in the United States, today urged Governor Rick Scott to sign SB 106, legislation that would allow spirits sales in larger retail locations such as grocery stores and big-box retailers.​

 
May 04, 2017 06:10 PM

Distilled Spirits Council Applauds Governor Hogan for Expanding Spirits Sales in Montgomery County, Maryland

The Distilled Spirits Council today applauded Maryland Governor Larry Hogan for signing legislation to allow expanded spirits sales in Montgomery County, Md.

 

Luxury Tequilas on the Rise: Tequila No Longer Just Cinco de Mayo Treat

The tequila category has seen substantial growth, particularly in its high-end offerings. While tequila volumes in the U.S. have grown an average rate of 5.8 percent per year, much of the growth is powered by the rise of high-end and super premium tequila. High-end and super premium saw an increase of 706 percent and 292 percent, respectively, since 2002.

 
Apr 26, 2017 05:40 PM

Distilled Spirits Council Praises Florida Legislature for Passing “Take Down the Wall” Legislation

The Distilled Spirits Council today praised the Florida Legislature for passing SB 106, legislation that would allow spirits sales in grocery stores.

 
Apr 23, 2017 10:00 PM

Governor McAuliffe Launches 10th Anniversary Celebration of George Washington’s Distillery Reopening

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe joined representatives from the Distilled Spirits Council and Mount Vernon to launch a yearlong celebration of the 10th anniversary of the reopening of George Washington’s Distillery at a special event this evening at the distillery in Alexandria, Va.

 
Apr 17, 2017 07:27 PM

Distilled Spirits Council Lauds Oregon Liquor Control Commission’s Outlet Expansion

The Distilled Spirits Council today lauded the Oregon Liquor Control Commission’s (OLCC) effort to significantly increase the number of spirits outlets by considering new and innovative retail settings.​

 
Apr 17, 2017 06:41 PM

The Distilled Spirits Council Announces Spring 2017 American Whiskey Trail Media Tour

The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States today announced its Spring 2017 American Whiskey Trail (AWT) media tour April 23-28.

 
Apr 13, 2017 02:41 PM

Distilled Spirits Council Commends JobsOhio Beverage System and Ohio Division of Liquor Control for Supplier Reconciliation Payments

The Distilled Spirits Council today commended JobsOhio Beverage System (JOBS) and the Ohio Division of Liquor Control for resolving the long-standing issue of back payments and providing reconciliation to suppliers.

 
Apr 06, 2017 08:06 PM

Distilled Spirits Council Promotes Moderation for Alcohol Awareness Month

The Distilled Spirits Council is marking “April – Alcohol Awareness Month” by reminding adult consumers to embrace moderation year-round.

 
Apr 05, 2017 05:06 PM

Distilled Spirits Council of the United States Hosted ‘Great American Whiskey Experience’ in Hanoi on April 5

The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (the Council), hosted the 'Great American Whiskey Experience', a one-of-a-kind tasting seminar in Hanoi on April 5 for importers, distributors and retailers.

 
Apr 03, 2017 05:58 PM

Distilled Spirits Council Lauds Passage of Pennsylvania Liquor Reform Legislation

The Distilled Spirits Council today lauded legislation passed by the Pennsylvania House Liquor Control Committee, which expands the number of outlets allowed to sell spirits in Pennsylvania.

 
Apr 03, 2017 05:55 PM

Distilled Spirits Council of the United States Hosted ‘Great American Whiskey Experience’ in Ho Chi Minh City on April 3

The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (the Council), hosted the 'Great American Whiskey Experience', a one-of-a-kind tasting seminar in Ho Chi Minh City April 3 for importers, distributors and retailers.

 
Mar 17, 2017 01:30 PM

Distilled Spirits Council of the United States Hosts ‘Great American Whiskey Experience’ in Vietnam

The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (the Council), will host the 'Great American Whiskey Experience', one-of-a-kind tasting seminars in Ho Chi Minh City (April 3) and Hanoi (April 5) for importers, distributors, retailers and bartenders in Vietnam.

 
Mar 14, 2017 05:00 PM

Distilled Spirits Council Urges House Committee to “Take Down the Wall” in Florida

The Distilled Spirits Council today testified in favor of H.B. 81, legislation that would allow spirits sales in grocery stores, before the House Government Operations and Technology Appropriations Subcommittee.

 
Mar 07, 2017 10:47 PM

Distilled Spirits Council Applauds Governor Dayton for Signing Historic Sunday Alcohol Sales Bill

The Distilled Spirits Council today applauded Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton for signing legislation making Minnesota the 39th state to allow Sunday spirits sales and ending a Prohibition-era Blue Law.​

 

Irish Whiskey Category Soars in the United States

With the booming consumer interest in brown spirits, Irish Whiskey has seen substantial growth over the last decade. In 2016, Irish Whiskey volumes were up 18.7 percent to 3.8 million cases and revenues were up an impressive 19.8 percent to $795 million.

 
Mar 02, 2017 10:29 PM

Distilled Spirits Council Applauds Minnesota Legislature for Ending Sunday Alcohol Sales Ban

The Distilled Spirits Council today applauded the Minnesota legislature for voting to end a Prohibition-era ban on Sunday alcohol sales and urged Governor Mark Dayton to sign legislation that would make Minnesota the 39th state to allow Sunday sales.

 
Feb 07, 2017 04:01 PM

Distilled Spirits Sector Growth Accelerates in 2016 Gains Market Share for Seventh Consecutive Year

The distilled spirits sector achieved accelerated growth in 2016 with supplier sales up 4.5 percent to $25.2 billion, volumes up 2.4 percent to 220 million cases and a seventh straight year of market share gains relative to beer, the Distilled Spirits Council announced today at its annual economic briefing for media and Wall Street analysts, sponsored by Spirited Funds.

 
Feb 07, 2017 04:00 PM

Distilled Spirits Sector Growth Accelerates in 2016

The distilled spirits sector achieved accelerated growth in 2016 with supplier sales up 4.5 percent to $25.2 billion, volumes up 2.4 percent to 220 million cases and a seventh straight year of market share gains relative to beer, the Distilled Spirits Council announced today at its annual economic briefing for media and Wall Street analysts, sponsored by Spirited Funds.

 
Feb 01, 2017 03:02 PM

Distilled Spirits Council Announces Partnership with Women of the Vine & Spirits

The Distilled Spirits Council today announced a new partnership with Women of the Vine & Spirits™ designed to support women in the beverage alcohol sector by providing opportunities for career growth and personal development.

 

Distilled Spirits Council Statement Regarding President Trump’s Executive Order on the Trans-Pacific Partnership

The Distilled Spirits Council looks forward to working with the Trump administration to expand access for U.S. agricultural exports, including distilled spirits, in foreign markets.

 

Distilled Spirits Council CEO Naasz Joins WSKY ETF in Ringing NYSE Closing Bell

On a day when the Dow inched closer to 20,000, Distilled Spirits Council President & CEO Kraig R. Naasz toasted the new WSKY ETF and joined in ringing the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).​

 
Dec 14, 2016 07:52 PM

Boston City Council Rejects Massive New Hospitality Tax

The Boston City Council today rejected a substantial citywide tax increase on the sale of alcohol – beer, wine and spirits – that would have crippled Boston businesses.

 

Teen Drinking Rates at Historic Lows, Says 2016 Monitoring the Future Study

A major federal study released today reported that underage drinking rates among 8th, 10th and 12th graders declined significantly in 2016.

 
Dec 13, 2016 02:24 PM

Boston City Council Considering Yet Another Regressive Hospitality Tax

The Distilled Spirits Council today objected to the revived proposal for a substantial citywide tax increase on the sale of alcohol – beer, wine and spirits –which would give Massachusetts one of the highest sales taxes in the country.

 
Dec 08, 2016 02:27 PM

Distilled Spirits Council Encourages Responsible Holiday Season Drinking with PSA

In advance of the holiday season, the Distilled Spirits Council and the National Association of Broadcasters are distributing a 30-second public service announcement (PSA) about responsible drinking to local television stations around the country.

 
Dec 01, 2016 10:11 PM

Distilled Spirits Council Blasts Massive New Tax on Spirits in Governor’s Budget

The Distilled Spirits Council today blasted the massive new spirits tax proposed by Governor Kate Brown, calling the additional markup of 50 cents per bottle a stealth tax that unfairly targets Oregon’s consumers of distilled spirits.

 
Nov 14, 2016 09:37 PM

Distilled Spirits Council Showcases American Spirits in Shanghai

The Distilled Spirits Council hosted an American Whiskey tasting seminar and cocktail demonstration for local media and beverage industry executives in Shanghai on November 14. The event, which was held at 1515 West, Chophouse and Bar, highlighted the mixability and versatility of American Whiskeys and the characteristics that distinguish them from other whiskies from across the globe.

 
Nov 10, 2016 05:26 PM

Tax Reform for Spirits, Beer & Wine Should Be Lame Duck Priority

Now that 51 U.S. Senators and 284 U.S. Representatives are co-sponsoring the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act, Congress should make passing tax reform for spirits, beer and wine a priority for the lame duck session, the Distilled Spirits Council said today.

 
Nov 10, 2016 05:24 PM

Distilled Spirits Council Showcases American Spirits in Hong Kong

The Distilled Spirits Council showcased American distilled spirits products at the Hong Kong International Wine and Spirits Fair, which was held in Hong Kong from November 10-12. As one of the most promising markets for U.S. distilled spirits exports, the promotion in Hong Kong will showcase fine American spirits from 16 leading American distillers, including 12 small distillers to the growing market as well as serve as a gateway to the broader Asia-Pacific region. The Council’s promotion was

 

The Hill Names Council’s Naasz, Gorman & Culver Top Lobbyists for 2016

The Hill, one of Washington, D.C.’s premier publications covering the Administration, Congress and politics, named the Distilled Spirits Council’s Kraig R. Naasz, Mark Gorman and David Culver to its 2016 Association Top Lobbyists List.

 
Oct 28, 2016 08:33 PM

U.S. Trade Rep Visits Tennessee Distilleries; Touts Benefits of Trade to Spirits Sector

Distillers from across Tennessee gathered today in Nashville to discuss with United States Trade Representative Michael Froman the positive impact of international trade and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement on the U.S. distilled spirits sector and tour Nelson’s Greenbrier Distillery.

 

Fall Into Flavor with Tasty Harvest Cocktails from Leading Texas Mixologists

Harvest cocktails are a new trend that has adult consumers toasting the fall season with flavorful, new cocktails. Cocktail menus across Texas have transformed from light, fruity concoctions to spicier, woodsier offerings embodying the spirit of the harvest season.

 
Oct 13, 2016 07:51 PM

Distilled Spirits Council to Showcase American Spirits in Hong Kong and Shanghai

The Distilled Spirits Council today announced that it will showcase American distilled spirits products at the Hong Kong International Wine and Spirits Fair (November 10-12) and hold a separate event in Shanghai (November 14). As one of the most promising markets for U.S. distilled spirits exports, the promotions in China will showcase fine American spirits from 16 leading American distillers, including 12 small distillers--many of whom are new to the Chinese market.

 
Oct 12, 2016 07:27 PM

I, Whiskey Documentary Celebrates Entrepreneurship and Innovation

I, Whiskey: The Human Spirit, a documentary-style short film that tells the story of how the freedom to innovate brings people together, premiered tonight at a reception sponsored by the Distilled Spirits Council and the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) at the Jack Rose Dining Saloon.

 
Oct 06, 2016 01:29 PM

Distilled Spirits Council Promotes Michele Famiglietti, Appoints Kelly Pike Poulsen

The Distilled Spirits Council, representing the nation’s leading branded and craft distillers, today announced the promotion of Michele Famiglietti to senior vice president of member relations and the appointment of Kelly Pike Poulsen as vice president of federal government relations.

 
Sep 30, 2016 05:40 PM

Distilled Spirits Council to Showcase American Spirits in Germany

The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States today announced that it is sponsoring an export promotion initiative in Berlin, Germany on October 11 and 12 for 16 small and large distillers, designed to showcase American distilled spirits products in one of Europe’s most important markets.

 
Sep 22, 2016 02:00 PM

Distilled Spirits Council Hosts 15th “Spirit of Mount Vernon” Heritage Dinner and Rare Auction

The Distilled Spirits Council’s 15th “Spirit of Mount Vernon” heritage dinner and rare spirits auction held last night on the lawn of Mount Vernon raised more than $300,000 for Mount Vernon. This brings the grand total for the history of this event to more than $4 million.

 
Aug 23, 2016 04:27 PM

Response to Stanford University’s new alcohol policy by Kraig R. Naasz, President & CEO, Distilled Spirits Council

Stanford University President John L. Hennessy is to be commended for his desire to address incidents of alcohol abuse on campus. However, while well-intentioned, policies that single out distilled spirits but ignore beer or wine suggest that some forms of alcohol are “softer” than others.

 
Aug 02, 2016 05:51 PM

Distilled Spirits Council Commends LCBO on Improving Consumer Convenience; Modernizing Retail Experience

The Distilled Spirits Council today commended the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) for modernizing its retail experience by launching LCBO.com, an online shopping portal that will allow consumers access to over 5,000 different products that they can then pick up or have delivered directly to anywhere in Ontario.

 
Jul 12, 2016 04:59 PM

Distilled Spirits Council Statement Regarding Beer Institute’s Labeling Initiative

The beer industry's decision to include the ABV (alcohol by volume) on its products is a positive development, given the significant growth of high alcohol beers in the marketplace.

 
Jun 30, 2016 05:53 PM

The Distilled Spirits Council and Locust Street Group Partner with The Wall Street Journal on Political Convention Events

In what are sure to be the most sought after tickets of the political season, the Distilled Spirits Council and the Locust Street Group are partnering with The Wall Street Journal to co-host Monday night events at the national nominating conventions in Cleveland (Republicans) and Philadelphia (Democrats) this July.

 
Jun 24, 2016 04:17 PM

Brexit Vote: Distilled Spirits Council Disappointed

The Distilled Spirits Council today expressed disappointment with the outcome of the UK vote to leave the European Union.

 
Jun 10, 2016 09:39 PM

Governor Protects Small Business, Expands Consumer Choice by Signing Colorado Liquor Compromise

The Colorado Liquor Compromise (SB 197), which modernizes Colorado’s alcohol laws by allowing responsible, phased-in sale of spirits, wine and beer in grocery stores over the next 20 years, was signed today by Governor John Hickenlooper.

 
Jun 09, 2016 10:01 PM

CDC Reports Teen Binge Drinking Rates Decline to Historic Lows

A major Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) survey released today reported that underage and binge drinking rates among high school students are at their lowest levels since the survey’s inception in 1991.

 
Jun 08, 2016 08:16 PM

Distillers Visit Capitol Hill to Lobby on Tax and Trade Issues

Over 40 distillers from across the country gathered June 7-8 in Washington, D.C. for the Distilled Spirits Council’s seventh annual Public Policy Conference.

 

The Craft Cocktail Renaissance Makes Way for Classic Gin Creations with a Twist

With the third annual Negroni Week beginning June 6, it is evident the thirst for classic cocktails continues its march forward. This time, however, with a twist.

 
May 11, 2016 06:34 PM

Distilled Spirits Council Lauds Alcohol Modernization as a Win for Colorado Consumers

The Distilled Spirits Council today praised the Colorado Legislature for passing compromise legislation (SB 197), which modernizes Colorado’s alcohol laws by allowing the sale of spirits, wine and beer in grocery stores.

 
Apr 11, 2016 04:25 PM

The Distilled Spirits Council Announces its Spring 2016 American Whiskey Trail Media Tour

The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States announces its Spring 2016 American Whiskey Trail (AWT) media tour April 24 - 29.

 
Apr 07, 2016 01:48 PM

Distilled Spirits Council Offers Free Alcohol and Moderation Brochure for Alcohol Awareness Month

The Distilled Spirits Council is marking Alcohol Awareness Month by offering adult consumers a free brochure featuring important information about alcohol consumption and the adult diet.

 

White House Official Meets with Washington State Distillers to Highlight Benefits of International Trade

Small distillers from across Washington state gathered today at Westland Distillery in Seattle to meet with White House Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Cabinet Secretary Gaurab Bansal to discuss the positive impact of international trade and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement on the U.S. distilled spirits sector.

 

Distilled Spirits Council of the United States Hosts ‘Great American Whiskey Experience’ in South Africa April 12 and 14

The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (the Council), will host the 'Great American Whiskey Experience', one-of-a-kind tasting seminars in Cape Town (April 12) and Johannesburg (April 14) for South African importers, distributors and retailers. The Council will also co-host an American Whiskey Reception at the U.S. Ambassador’s residence on April 13.

 
Mar 30, 2016 02:51 PM

West Virginians Can Now Enjoy Cocktails During Sunday Brunch

West Virginians can now enjoy a Bloody Mary during their Sunday brunch following legislation signed yesterday by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today that changed the on-premise serving hours for alcohol from 1 p.m. to 10 a.m., if approved by local option.

 

Forget Green Beer; Irish Whiskey is Booming

In 2015, super premium Irish Whiskey grew 54.4 percent, while high end premium Irish Whiskey rose 13.7 percent. This trend continues the impressive growth of the Irish Whiskey category with high end and super premium Irish Whiskeys growing a staggering 589 percent and 3,054 percent, respectively, since 2002.

 
Mar 01, 2016 06:23 PM

Jim Clerkin Elected Chair of the Distilled Spirits Council

The Distilled Spirits Council at its annual members meeting on February 25, 2016, elected Moët Hennessy North America CEO Jim Clerkin Chair of the national trade association, which represents the makers and marketers of distilled spirits sold in the United States. Clerkin succeeds Campari America Chairman Gerard (Gerry) Ruvo, who has chaired the Council since 2013.

 
Feb 23, 2016 03:25 PM

Distilled Spirits Council Testifies in Support of Governor’s Plan to End Connecticut’s Minimum Bottle Price Requirement

Governor Malloy’s proposal to end Connecticut’s minimum bottle price requirement and allow for more competitive alcohol pricing would generate $150 million in new revenue for the state – and between $5.2 to $8.1 million annually in new excise and sales taxes, according to economic analysis presented during testimony today by Distilled Spirits Vice President Jay Hibbard before the Connecticut Legislature.​

 
Feb 12, 2016 09:04 PM

Distilled Spirits Council & Wine Institute Statement on TTB Kroger Letter

The Distilled Spirits Council and Wine Institute today issued a joint statement in response to the Tax and Trade Bureau’s (TTB) letter to the organizations regarding a program proposed by Kroger. At issue is whether the program violates the Federal Alcohol Administration Act and TTB regulations.

 
Feb 02, 2016 02:29 PM

Distilled Spirits Deliver Steady Sales Growth of 4.1 Percent in 2015

Distilled spirits delivered another year of steady growth in 2015 with supplier sales up 4.1 percent and volumes up 2.3 percent, the Distilled Spirits Council announced today at its annual briefing for media and Wall Street analysts. Distilled spirits suppliers and marketers also marked the sixth straight year of increasing their market share relative to beer in 2015.

 
Jan 15, 2016 11:04 PM

DISTILLED SPIRITS COUNCIL HOSTS SEVENTH ANNUAL BEST PRACTICES MEDIA SUMMIT FOR RESPONSIBLE ADVERTISING

Industry leaders, government officials and digital media experts from across the country gathered January 14 in Washington, D.C., at the Distilled Spirits Council’s (DISCUS) Seventh Annual Best Practices Media Summit for a full-day conference focusing on social media and compliance with the DISCUS Responsible Advertising Code.

 
Jan 07, 2016 05:36 PM

New U.S. Dietary Guidelines Reaffirm Moderate Drinking As Part of a Healthy Adult Diet

The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, issued today, emphasize that American adults who choose to drink should do so in moderation; reaffirm the definition of a standard drink for beer, wine and distilled spirits; and adopt the new terminology “drink-equivalents.”

 
Dec 18, 2015 06:05 PM

Oklahoma Bartenders Ring in the New Year with Seasonal Cocktails

With the introduction of new mixologists and unique seasonal cocktail menus, Oklahoma’s cocktail culture is full steam ahead.

 
Dec 16, 2015 05:05 PM

U.S. Government Reports Teen Drinking Rates Hit New Historic Lows

The 2015 Monitoring the Future Survey released today reported that teen underage drinking and binge drinking rates are at their lowest levels since the study’s inception in 1975, according to the Distilled Spirits Council.

 
Dec 14, 2015 04:00 PM

Distilled Spirits Council of the United States Hosts ‘Great American Whiskey Experience’ in India

The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS), today hosted the 'Great American Whiskey Experience', a one-of-a-kind tasting session at the residence of Scott Sindelar, Minister Counsellor of Agriculture Affairs in Delhi.

 
Dec 10, 2015 11:07 PM

Distilled Spirits Council Blasts Bogus Univ. of Florida Study Claiming Alcohol Tax Hikes Decrease Gonorrhea

The Distilled Spirits Council today blasted a University of Florida study, which claimed that gonorrhea rates in Maryland decreased as a result of 2011 alcohol sales tax hike in the state, calling it “intellectually dishonest.”

 
Dec 10, 2015 03:03 PM

Latest Alcohol Proposal Fails to Modernize Liquor System

Moving wine but not spirits into grocery stores will cost the Commonwealth millions in lost tax revenue and fails to provide consumers the convenience they demand, according to the Distilled Spirits Council (DISCUS), which strongly opposes this aspect of the state budget deal.

 
Dec 03, 2015 02:42 PM

Distilled Spirits Council Celebrates 82nd Anniversary of Prohibition Repeal

Eighty-two years after Prohibition Repeal, states across the country have greatly modernized their alcohol laws, but some remnants of Prohibition continue to linger, according to the Distilled Spirits Council (DISCUS).

 
Nov 30, 2015 03:14 PM

Distilled Spirits Council Says TPP Will Help Industry By Protecting American Products and Opening Markets

The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, representing over 135 distillers of all sizes, today said the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement, once implemented, will benefit the U.S. distilled spirits industry by opening markets for its products. The historic trade agreement, the text of which was released on November 5, includes Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States and Vietnam.

 
Nov 24, 2015 05:15 PM

The Distilled Spirits Council to Host Great American Whiskey Experience in India

The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States today announced that it is sponsoring the Great American Whiskey Experience, an export promotion for local media and beverage industry executives in Delhi and Mumbai, India, the week of December 14.

 
Nov 04, 2015 07:02 PM

Distilled Spirits Council Showcases American Whiskeys in Growing Colombian Market

The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States today announced that it is organizing a tasting seminar of fine U.S. whiskeys and a cocktail demonstration to highlight the mixability and versatility of U.S. whiskeys for local media and beverage industry executives in Bogota, Colombia on Wednesday, November 18th, 2015.

 
Oct 30, 2015 04:24 PM

The Hill 2015 Top Association Lobbyists List Includes Two from Distilled Spirits Council

The Hill, one of Washington D.C.’s premier publications covering Congress, the Administration and politics, named two Distilled Spirits Council lobbyists on its 2015 Association Top Lobbyists List. Mark Gorman, Senior Vice President, Office of Government Relations, and David Culver, Vice President, Office of Government Relations, were the only lobbyists included who represent beverage alcohol associations.​

 
Oct 26, 2015 04:09 PM

Distilled Spirits Council Promotes Moderation in Official MLB World Series Program

The Distilled Spirits Council announced today that a new moderation ad will appear in the Official 2015 Major League Baseball World Series Program set to go on sale this week.

 
Oct 16, 2015 01:14 PM

Distilled Spirits Council Calls on MBTA to Allow Alcohol Advertisements

The Distilled Spirits Council (DISCUS), representing distillers of all sizes, called on the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) to lift the ban on alcohol advertisements.

 
Oct 16, 2015 01:12 PM

Hospitality Coalition Calls on City Council to Reject Drink Tax Proposal

The Boston City Council should consider the $10 million in lost sales and 130 hospitality jobs that would be destroyed by imposing a new city-wide drink tax, according to the No Boston Drink Tax coalition.

 
Oct 14, 2015 03:24 PM

DISCUS Hosts 14th Annual “Spirit of Mount Vernon” Industry Heritage Dinner and Rare Auction

The Distilled Spirits Council’s 14th annual “Spirit of Mount Vernon” heritage dinner and rare spirits auction held last night on the lawn of Mount Vernon raised over $380,000 for Mount Vernon and $50,000 for the Wounded Warriors Family Support Program. This brings the grand total for the history of this event to nearly $4 million.

 
Oct 13, 2015 05:26 PM

Scottish Distillers Return to George Washington’s Distillery to Preview Rare Single Malt Produced in 2012

Raising a glass to celebrate the Scottish heritage of American distilling, three of Scotland’s top distillers today joined with a representative of the Scottish Government, Mount Vernon, the Distilled Spirits Council and the Scotch Whisky Association in previewing the first-ever Scottish-style Single Malt made at George Washington’s Distillery.

 
Oct 12, 2015 05:39 PM

MGP Joins Distilled Spirits Council

The Distilled Spirits Council (DISCUS) and MGP (Nasdaq: MGPI) today jointly announced that the Atchison, Kansas-based company is joining the national trade association for producers and marketers of distilled spirits sold in the United States.

 
Oct 01, 2015 08:15 PM

Distilled Spirits Council Appoints Kraig R. Naasz New President/CEO

The Distilled Spirits Council (DISCUS), representing America’s leading distillers, today announced the selection of Kraig R. Naasz, 55, the current head of the American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) as its new President and CEO. Naasz succeeds Dr. Peter H. Cressy, who has successfully guided DISCUS for the past 16 years, during which time the spirits industry increased its market share by 22%, and supplier revenues more than doubled from $10.7 billion annually to over $23 billion. The appointmen​

 
Sep 29, 2015 07:00 PM

Distilled Spirits Council Sponsors Germany Export Promotion

The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States today announced that it is sponsoring an export promotion initiative in Berlin, Germany on October 6 and 7 for over 30 small and large distillers, designed to showcase American distilled spirits products in one of Europe’s most important markets.

 
Sep 24, 2015 02:37 PM

Distilled Spirits Council Showcases American Whiskeys for EU Officials and Diplomats in Brussels, Belgium

The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, along with famed New York mixologist Christy Pope, U.S. Ambassador to Belgium Denise Campbell Bauer, and U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Anthony Gardner will host a “Tasting Seminar on Fine U.S. Whiskeys” for European Union officials and dignitaries as well as local media and beverage industry executives.

 
Aug 17, 2015 04:23 PM

Distilled Spirits Council Names Kelley McDonough New York-based Director of Public Relations

The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS), representing over 135 distillers of all sizes, announced today the appointment of Kelley McDonough as its new Director of Public Relations, based in New York.

 
Aug 04, 2015 05:33 PM

New Distilled Spirits Council Analysis Shows Rye Whiskey Skyrockets in U.S. Market

Rye whiskey, Bourbon’s spicy cousin, is making a roaring comeback according to new supplier data from the Distilled Spirits Council.

 
Jun 24, 2015 08:26 PM

Distilled Spirits Council Applauds Passage of Trade Promotion Authority

The Distilled Spirits Council, representing over 135 distillers of all sizes, today applauded the Senate for passing Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), which will help the United States to further open markets for U.S. distilled spirits exports.

 

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At Huber Winery, a Family Fun Park "We always understood that not everybody drinks alcohol," says Ted Huber, president, Huber Orchard & Vineyard and Starlight Distillery.

 
Jun 18, 2015 05:22 PM

Distilled Spirits Council Hails House Passage of TPA

The Distilled Spirits Council, representing over 135 distillers of all sizes, today thanked the House for passing Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), which will help the United States conclude trade agreements opening markets for U.S. distilled spirits exports.

 
Jun 10, 2015 03:31 PM

Distilled Spirits Council Urges House to Pass TPA

The Distilled Spirits Council, representing over 100 distillers of all sizes, today urged the House to pass Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), which will further open markets for U.S. distilled spirits exports.​

 
Jun 08, 2015 07:36 PM

Distilled Spirits Council to Host Sixth Annual D.C. Public Policy Conference June 8-10

Over 45 large and small distilled spirits producers from around the country are gathering in Washington, D.C. June 8-10 for the sixth annual Public Policy Conference hosted by the Distilled Spirits Council (DISCUS).

 
Jun 05, 2015 12:57 PM

Distilled Spirits Council Showcases U.S. Spirits at Vinexpo 2015 With Global Interest Surging to Record Levels For Five Straight Years

The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States today announced that it is sponsoring an export promotion at Vinexpo 2015 in Bordeaux France June 14-18 designed to showcase American distilled spirits products in one of the industry’s top trade shows. Partnering with the U.S. Bartenders Guild on an educational seminar for convention attendees, the Council will highlight the global resurgence of the cocktail, an American invention, along with the unique heritage and style of American spirits.

 
May 26, 2015 04:17 PM

HR 2520: Distillery Innovation and Excise Tax Reform Act of 2015 Introduced

A new bipartisan bill to cut federal excise taxes on distillers of all sizes has been introduced by Rep. Todd Young (R-IN) and Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY), the Distilled Spirits Council (DISCUS) and the American Craft Spirits Association (ACSA) announced today.

 
May 12, 2015 04:18 PM

DISCUS Statement in response to OECD Report, “Tackling the harmful use of alcohol – Economics and public health policies”

Statement attributed to Peter Cressy, Distilled Spirits Council President and CEO in response to the OECD Report, “Tackling the harmful use of alcohol – Economics and public health policies”

 
May 07, 2015 09:32 PM

Distilled Spirits Council Announces 2015 American Whiskey Trail Tour

The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States announces its Spring 2015 American Whiskey Trail (AWT) media tour May 11-15. This heritage and tourism initiative is supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Market Access Program (MAP), and will take a delegation of journalists from various international publications on an exploration of the history of whiskey-making in America.

 
Apr 16, 2015 06:50 PM

Distilled Spirits Council Applauds Introduction of Trade Promotion Authority Bill

The Distilled Spirits Council today applauded the introduction of a bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill in the U.S. Senate, calling the legislation, “key to opening foreign markets to American spirits products.”

 
Apr 14, 2015 09:11 PM

Statement by the Distilled Spirits Council in response to the study, “Alcohol Use in Films and Adolescent Alcohol Use” in the Journal Pediatrics

The study’s assertion that movie portrayals of alcohol consumption are driving an increase in underage drinking is completely discredited by U.S. government surveys showing that underage and binge drinking rates are at historic lows.

 
Apr 03, 2015 05:57 PM

DISCUS Response to “Effects of a 2009 Illinois Alcohol Tax Increase on Fatal Motor Vehicle Crashes” Study

Statement by David Ozgo, Senior Vice President for Economic and Strategic Analysis for the Distilled Spirits Council, in response to the study, “Effects of a 2009 Illinois Alcohol Tax Increase on Fatal Motor Vehicle Crashes” in the American Journal of Public Health

 
Apr 02, 2015 07:52 PM

Distilled Spirits Council Provides Responsible Drinking PSA to TV Stations for Alcohol Awareness Month

To mark Alcohol Awareness Month, the Distilled Spirits Council and the National Association of Broadcasters are making available a moderation and responsible drinking public service announcement (PSA) to local television stations around the country.

 
Mar 26, 2015 09:37 PM

New Study: Despite a 400% Increase in Alcohol Advertising Over 40 Years, Alcohol Consumption Remains Flat

A new study from the University of Texas provides further scientific evidence that alcohol advertising does not increase overall consumption.

 
Mar 26, 2015 09:28 PM

Distilled Spirits Industry Unites on Key Tax Legislation

Trade associations representing both large and small distillers announced today they are uniting to advocate for legislation to reduce the federal excise tax on distilled spirits.

 
Mar 13, 2015 07:49 PM

U.S. Spirits Exports to Korea Increase 71% Since Enactment of the U.S. – Korea Free Trade Agreement in 2012

The Distilled Spirits Council today hailed the three-year anniversary of the implementation of the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA), citing a 71% increase in U.S. distilled spirits exports to Korea since the agreement entered into force on March 15, 2012. In 2014, direct U.S. spirits exports to Korea were valued at $14.5 million, up from $8.4 million in 2011.

 
Mar 12, 2015 06:47 PM

MN Consumers First Alliance Launches "Why Not Sundays?" Campaign in Support of Sunday Sales

MN Consumers First Alliance, a coalition supporting Sunday sales of wine, beer and spirits, launched a statewide campaign – "Why Not Sundays?" – to promote legislative passage of Sunday sales in stores in Minnesota.

 
Mar 04, 2015 05:23 PM

Distilled Spirits Council CEO Announces Intention to Step Down at Year’s End

After nearly 16 years of outstanding service to the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) and to the spirits industry, Dr. Peter H. Cressy announced to the DISCUS Board of Directors at its annual meeting last week his desire to step down as CEO at the end of 2015.

 
Feb 03, 2015 02:53 PM

2014 U.S. Market Report: Distilled Spirits Industry Delivers Steady Growth

New York, NY – The distilled spirits industry faced another challenging year and succeeded in continuing its track record of steady sales growth, the Distilled Spirits Council reported today at its annual industry briefing for media and Wall Street analysts.

 
Dec 16, 2014 05:00 PM

Teen Drinking Rates Hit New Historic Lows U.S. Government Reports

WASHINGTON — The major Federal study of youth behavior released today reported that underage drinking and binge drinking are at their lowest levels since the study’s inception in 1975, according to the Distilled Spirits Council.

 
Dec 01, 2014 04:57 PM

DISCUS and Ambassador Kathleen Stephens to Host Great American Whiskey Experience in Delhi, India

Washington, D.C. – The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States today announced that it is...

 
Nov 19, 2014 07:18 PM

DISCUS Hosts Sixth Annual Best Practices Media Summit for Responsible Advertising

Washington, D.C. – Industry leaders, government officials and digital media experts from across the country gathered November 14th in Washington, D.C. at the Distilled Spirits Council’s (DISCUS) Sixth Annual Best Practices Media Summit for a full-day conference focusing on social media and compliance with the DISCUS Responsible Advertising Code.

 
Nov 19, 2014 03:25 PM

Distilled Spirits Council Response to Alcohol Tax Study

Washington, DC – “At a time when the CDC is under constant fire for mismanaging numerous crises, it is yet again wasting millions of tax dollars on blatant anti-alcohol advocacy research.

 
Nov 10, 2014 07:54 PM

Media Preview George Washington Peach Brandy at George Washington’s Distillery

MOUNT VERNON, VA – International journalists gathered at George Washington’s Distillery this morning to observe 18th Century-style distilling techniques and preview taste a limited edition George Washington Peach Brandy Eau De Vie.

 
Oct 15, 2014 05:48 PM

DISCUS Hosts 13th Annual “Spirit of Mount Vernon” Heritage Dinner and Rare Auction

WASHINGTON, DC – The Distilled Spirits Council’s 13th annual “Spirit of Mount Vernon” heritage dinner and rare spirits auction held last night on the lawn of Mount Vernon raised over $400,000 for Mount Vernon and $50,000 for the Wounded Warriors Family Support Program. This brings the grand total for the history of this event to over $3.25 million.

 
Oct 07, 2014 03:07 PM

30 US Distillers Hold Tasting with Ambassador John Emerson at US Embassy in Berlin

Berlin – Thirty American distillers showcased their fine spirits products yesterday at a media briefing and American spirits tasting hosted by U.S. Ambassador John Emerson at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin.

 
Oct 06, 2014 07:55 PM

Rare George Washington Rye Whiskey Signed by President Clinton to be Auctioned at Mount Vernon Gala on Oct. 14

MOUNT VERNON, VA – A bottle of the first-ever limited edition George Washington’s Distillery Straight Rye whiskey signed by former President Bill Clinton will be the highlight of a live auction October 14 at the “Spirit of Mount Vernon” gala event, sponsored by the Distilled Spirits Council on the lawn of the First President’s Mount Vernon estate. The annual dinner and auction raise several hundred thousand dollars for Mount Vernon’s educational mission and, this year, the Wounded Warrior Family​

 
Oct 06, 2014 06:07 PM

Governor Candidates All Agree: It’s Time for Sunday Alcohol Sales in Minnesota

St. Paul, MN – Midway through the first Minnesota gubernatorial debate of 2014, incumbent Governor Mark Dayton, Republican candidate Jeff Johnson and Independence Party candidate Hannah Nicollet all agreed on one thing: It’s time for Sunday alcohol sales in Minnesota.

 
Sep 30, 2014 04:52 PM

Distilled Spirits Council Sponsors Germany Export Promotion

The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States today announced that it is sponsoring an export promotion in Germany Oct. 6-8 for nearly 30 small and large distillers, designed to showcase American whiskeys and other products in one of Europe’s most important markets.

 
Sep 23, 2014 07:03 PM

New Cardiology Study Cites Moderate Alcohol Consumption as a Healthy Lifestyle Behavior Associated with Reduced Heart Attack Risk

Washington, DC – Four out of five heart attacks may be prevented by following key healthy lifestyle behaviors including moderate alcohol consumption according to a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

 
Sep 09, 2014 10:30 PM

Statement on the Passing of Jim Rees, Former Mount Vernon President

The DISCUS Board of Directors noted today with great regret and sadness the passing of James C. Rees, the recently retired, long-time President of George Washington’s Mount Vernon.

 
Jul 17, 2014 07:26 PM

DISCUS Hosts Great American Whiskey Experience With U.S. Ambassador Kirk Wagar at the Residence in Singapore

Washington, D.C. – The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States today announced that it is sponsoring the Great American Whiskey Experience, an export promotion for local media and beverage industry executives in Singapore, with Ambassador Kirk Wagar at his Residence on July 23rd.

 
Jun 17, 2014 07:17 PM

DISCUS Statement in Response to Binge Drinking Study

Statement by Frank Coleman, SVP, Distilled Spirits Council, in response to the study, “Beverage and brand-specific binge alcohol consumption among underage youth in the United States,” in the Journal of Substance Use

 
Jun 12, 2014 08:23 PM

CDC National Youth Risk Behavior Survey: Teen Drinking Rates Reach Historic Low

WASHINGTON — A major CDC survey released today reported that underage drinking rates among 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th graders are at their lowest levels since the survey’s inception in 1991, according to the Distilled Spirits Council.

 
Jun 03, 2014 06:58 PM

South Carolina Final State in America to Pass Election Day Alcohol Sales

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Gov. Nikki Haley signed legislation yesterday officially ending South Carolina’s run as the last holdout in America to enforce a pre-Prohibition ban on Election Day alcohol sales.

 
May 20, 2014 03:18 PM

Agave Loco Joins Distilled Spirits Council

WASHINGTON, DC – The Distilled Spirits Council (DISCUS) announced today that Agave Loco Brands of Highland Park, Illinois, a rapidly growing spirits producer has become the liquor industry organization’s 16th member. Agave Loco Brands’s portfolio includes Agave Loco Pepper-Cured Tequila, and its chief product RumChata, a rapidly growing rum cream brand.

 
May 16, 2014 08:46 PM

Distilled Spirits Council Showcases Over 16 U.S. Spirits Brands at U.S. Ambassador’s Residence in Austria

Vienna, Austria – The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States will participate in a major reception and tasting event at U.S. Ambassador Alexa Wesner’s private residence in Vienna on Thursday, May 22nd and will feature over 16 American Whiskeys and other brands of premium distilled spirits from small and large distillers from nine states across America.

 
May 06, 2014 02:13 PM

Edrington Joins the Distilled Spirits Council

WASHINGTON, DC — Edrington, the international premium spirits company, has become the 16th member of the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS), the organization announced today.

 
Apr 29, 2014 06:17 PM

Prichard’s Distillery Joins Distilled Spirits Council

WASHINGTON, DC – The Distilled Spirits Council (DISCUS) announced today that Prichard’s Distillery of Kelso and Nashville, Tennessee, has become the first small distiller affiliate to rise to full membership in the trade association, which is composed of most major producers and marketers of distilled spirits in the United States.

 
Mar 20, 2014 09:12 PM

Major FTC Report Commends DISCUS Advertising Code and Rigorous Standards

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a major report released today on advertising in the beverage alcohol industry, the Federal Trade Commission recognized the Distilled Spirits Council for its “robust” and effective self-regulatory system.

 
Mar 19, 2014 06:27 PM

George Washington’s Peach Brandy Goes on Sale for 1st Time in More Than 200 Years

NEW YORK CITY – Spirits aficionados and history buffs gathered at New York City’s NoMad hotel today to enjoy a sip of history, as the presidents of George Washington’s Mount Vernon and the Distilled Spirits Council unveiled the first Peach Brandy distilled at George Washington’s Distillery in more than 200 years.

 
Mar 07, 2014 06:30 PM

Distilled Spirits Council Hosts Booth at Duty Free Show of the Americas

Orlando, FL – The Distilled Spirits Council said today it is hosting an export promotion at the Duty Free Show of the Americas in Orlando on March 10-12, featuring dozens of American spirits products from 21 distillers. The project is designed to showcase the products for buyers from over 70 countries who attend the show and convention.

 
Feb 12, 2014 09:22 PM

Wisconsin Distillers Testify in Support of Spirits Tasting Bill

A group of local distillers from across Wisconsin came to the Capitol this morning to testify in support of a bill that would allow adult consumers to sample small amounts of their distilled spirits products at liquor store tasting events, according to the Distilled Spirits Council, a national trade association representing thousands of liquor brands sold in Wisconsin.

 
Feb 04, 2014 03:03 PM

U.S. Bourbon and TN Whiskey Drive Export Records in 2013

New York City – American distilled spirits exports broke new records in 2013 crossing the $1.5 billion threshold, driven by premium Bourbon and Tennessee Whiskey which exceeded the $1 billion mark for the first time, the Distilled Spirits Council (DISCUS) reported today at its annual briefing for Wall Street analysts.

 
Feb 03, 2014 05:27 PM

Distilled Spirits Council Names Ted Huber Chairman of Small Distiller Affiliate

Washington, DC – The Distilled Spirits Council (DISCUS) today announced that Ted Huber of Huber Starlight Distillery in Starlight, IN, has been named Chairman of its Small Distiller Membership, an affiliate arm for distillers who produce less than 100,000 gallons per year. In addition to serving as Chairman, Huber will also attend DISCUS Board of Directors meetings.

 
Jan 14, 2014 05:41 PM

U.S. Distilled Spirits Council Hosts Promotions in Growing Brazil Market

Washington, D.C. – The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) today announced plans for two upcoming American spirits promotions in Brazil, which is an expanding export market for U.S. distilled spirits producers. The seminars and tastings in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro will be led by Jeff Arnett, Master Distiller of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, who will discuss the history and unique production process of Bourbon and Tennessee Whiskey.

 
Jan 07, 2014 07:34 PM

CDC Head Promotes Brief Screening and Intervention as Most Effective Tools to Address Alcohol Problems

The Distilled Spirits Council commenting on a new report about alcohol screening and intervention released today by Centers for Disease Control Director Dr. Thomas R. Frieden said:

 
Dec 18, 2013 07:52 PM

Teen Drinking Rates Hit Historic Lows, U.S. Government Reports

WASHINGTON — A major Federal study released today reported that underage drinking is at its lowest level since the study’s inception in 1975, according to the Distilled Spirits Council.

 
Dec 06, 2013 04:50 PM

Distilled Spirits Council Provides Responsible Drinking PSA to TV Stations

WASHINGTON, DC – In advance of the holiday season, the Distilled Spirits Council is providing a moderation and responsible drinking public service announcement to local television stations around the country.​

 
Dec 03, 2013 05:15 PM

December 5th Marks 80th Anniversary of Prohibition Repeal

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Eighty years after Prohibition Repeal, states across the country have greatly modernized their alcohol markets but some Prohibition legacies linger, according to the Distilled Spirits Council.

 
Nov 20, 2013 03:57 PM

Canadian Consulate, Distilled Spirits Council & Spirits Canada Toast Canadian Whiskies

WASHINGTON, DC – Canadian Ambassador to the U.S. Gary Doer and Canadian Consul-General John Prato hosted a Celebration of Canadian Whiskies with the Distilled Spirits Council and Spirits Canada at the Canadian Consulate in New York on Nov. 19. The VIP tasting event featured more than 15 high-end whiskies, a selection of signature cocktails created by famed New York mixologist Jim Meehan, and Canadian-inspired fare from Mile End Sandwich. More than 100 guests were in attendance.

 
Nov 05, 2013 10:21 PM

Distilled Spirits Council Showcases Over 30 U.S. Spirits Brands at Falstaff Spirits Gala in Hofburg Palace

Vienna, Austria – The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States will participate in the Falstaff Spirits Gala at the Hofburg Palace on Saturday, November 9, 1:00-7:00 PM, and feature over 30 American Whiskeys and other brands of premium distilled spirits--many for the first time in the Austrian market--from small and large distillers from 15 states across America.

 
Oct 18, 2013 08:31 PM

Distilled Spirits Council of the U.S. Conducts Successful Trade Mission in Germany

Washington – The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States recently completed a successful export promotion initiative in Germany, including hosting an American Spirits Pavilion at the Berlin Bar show, featuring spirits brands from distillers large and small, including products from 18 small distillers from 14 states.

 
Oct 07, 2013 08:05 PM

Distilled Spirits Council Chief Scientist Receives Prestigious Thurman Lectureship Award

WASHINGTON, DC – Distilled Spirits Council (DISCUS) Senior Vice President Sam Zakhari, PhD, today received the Thurman Lectureship Award for his significant impact on the field of alcohol and liver research which helped move the field forward.

 
Sep 27, 2013 08:36 PM

Distilled Spirits Council Sponsors Germany Export Promotion

Washington, D.C. – The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States today announced that it is sponsoring an export promotion visit in October to Germany for over 20 small and large distillers, designed to showcase American whiskeys and other products in one of Europe’s most important markets.

 
Sep 25, 2013 05:29 PM

DISCUS Industry Heritage Dinner Raises $350,000 for Mount Vernon and Wounded Warriors Family Support Program

WASHINGTON, DC – The Distilled Spirits Council’s 12th annual “Spirit of Mount Vernon” heritage dinner and rare spirits auction held last night on the lawn of Mount Vernon raised $275,000 for the new Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington and $75,000 for the Wounded Warriors Family Support Program. This brings the grand total for the history of this event to over $3 million.​

 
Jul 17, 2013 03:26 PM

Rhode Island Liquor Tasting Bill Signed Into Law

Providence, RI – Rhode Islanders can raise a toast to the repeal of an old Blue Law banning distilled spirits tastings at liquor stores, according to the Distilled Spirits Council which praised Governor Lincoln Chafee for signing legislation yesterday allowing consumer spirits tastings. The Council called the move the latest in a trend of liquor law modernizations around the country.

 
Jul 01, 2013 02:18 PM

Campari America Chief Elected Chairman of the Distilled Spirits Council

Washington, DC, July 1 – Gerard (Gerry) Ruvo, Chairman and CEO of Campari America, a wholly owned subsidiary of Davide Campari-Milano S.p.A. (Reuters CPRI.MI - Bloomberg CPR IM), has been elected Chairman of the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS), the industry trade group said today. His term begins June 30, 2013.

 
Jun 13, 2013 09:43 PM

Craft Distillers Descend on Washington for 4th Annual Policy Conference and Tasting

Washington, DC – The Distilled Spirits Council (DISCUS) hosted its 4th Annual Craft Distiller Policy Conference on Capitol Hill this week, featuring 30 craft distiller members from across the country.

 
Jun 07, 2013 03:56 PM

Spirits Producers Slam Oregon Legislature for Hidden Alcohol Tax Hikes in Budget

SALEM, OR – The Distilled Spirits Council today slammed a legislative budget proposal in Oregon which includes a hidden alcohol tax that will have consumers paying more per bottle.

 
May 29, 2013 04:20 PM

Distilled Spirits Council Statement on TTB “Serving Facts” Ruling

Washington, DC — Permitting alcohol companies to voluntarily put “Serving Facts” information on labels is clearly a step forward in providing more nutrition information to consumers, and has long been supported by the distilled spirits industry.

 
May 17, 2013 06:33 PM

Texas Voters March to Polls to Modernize Liquor Laws

WASHINGTON, DC – The trend of Texas communities voting to allow local alcohol sales picked up steam Saturday after 18 out of 22 local alcohol elections passed, according to the Distilled Spirits Council, which attributed the wins to consumer interest in modern convenience and increased revenue without raising taxes.

 
May 01, 2013 12:59 PM

CDC's Study on Alcohol Use is Misleading - Philadelphia Inquirer Op-ed

The CDC has weighed in publicly in the debate over privatizing state liquor stores in Pennsylvania, however, their studies are flawed and misleading.

 
Apr 30, 2013 04:51 PM

Tequila Sales Double on Cinco de Mayo

WASHINGTON -- The Distilled Spirits Council reported today that on-premise Tequila sales more than doubled on Cinco de Mayo, according to new data of restaurants and bar sales in 2011 and 2012.

 
Apr 23, 2013 04:56 PM

George Washington Whiskey Featured at New York Rare Spirits Auction

New York – A bottle of a limited commemorative edition George Washington Distillery Vatted American Whiskey, aged, blended and bottled on the Mount Vernon estate of George Washington, is being offered at a Bonhams New York Rare Spirits auction on Monday, April 29, with an estimated value of between $750-$950.​

 
Apr 04, 2013 08:42 PM

Kentucky Governor Signs Bill to Repeal Prohibition-era Ban on Election Day Alcohol Sales

Frankfort, K.Y. – Governor Steve Beshear today signed into law a bill repealing America’s strictest ban on Election Day alcohol sales, according to the Distilled Spirits Council, which called Kentucky’s modernization the latest in a trend of states updating antiquated liquor laws.

 
Mar 27, 2013 09:46 PM

Brazil Recognizes Bourbon and Tennessee Whiskey As “Distinctive Products” of the U.S.

WASHINGTON, DC – The Distilled Spirits Council said today Brazil has officially recognized Bourbon and Tennessee Whiskey as distinctive products of the United States. This action by Brazil follows the U.S. announcement of the recognition of Cachaça as a distinctive product of Brazil last month.

 
Feb 06, 2013 02:01 PM

Distilled Spirits Market Share Edges Upward in 2012

New York, NY – The distilled spirits industry market share edged upward in 2012, gaining share from both beer and wine, as companies innovated with new, sophisticated line extensions, and as a decade of regulatory modernization for spirits continued to pay dividends.

 
Jan 08, 2013 05:00 PM

DISCUS Statement in Response to CDC Report on Binge Drinking

The distilled spirits industry is opposed to over-consumption by any segment of our society and CDC’s attention on binge drinking is appropriate.

 
Dec 10, 2012 05:44 PM

DISCUS Best Practices Media Summit Promotes Responsible Alcohol Advertising

Washington, D.C. – Industry leaders, government officials and media experts from across the country gathered recently in Washington, D.C. at the Distilled Spirits Council’s (DISCUS) Fifth Annual Best Practices Media Summit for a full-day session focusing on social media and compliance with the DISCUS Responsible Advertising Code.

 
Dec 06, 2012 06:08 PM

US Distilled Spirits Industry Predicts Russia PNTR Will Boost Exports

WASHINGTON, DC – The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) today applauded passage of historic legislation that will extend permanent normal trade relations (PNTR) to Russia, saying the bill will boost already-growing American spirits exports to the world’s third-largest spirits market by volume, and sixth-largest by value.

 
Nov 29, 2012 06:00 PM

Top U.S. Alcohol Researcher Joins DISCUS to Head Industry’s Scientific Affairs Office

WASHINGTON, DC – The Distilled Spirits Council (DISCUS) announced that one of the U.S. government’s former top alcohol research scientists will head up the industry trade association’s Office of Scientific Affairs and lead a multi-pronged, multi-year enhanced moderation initiative.

 
Nov 16, 2012 06:03 PM

Spirits Industry Applauds House Passage of Russian Trade Bill

WASHINGTON, DC – The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) applauded today’s House passage of legislation granting permanent normal trade relations (PNTR) to Russia, calling the trade bill essential to the growth of American spirits exports to Russia.

 
Nov 15, 2012 07:30 PM

Distillers Report Alcohol Tax Increase Hurt Retailer Performance in Maryland

Annapolis, MD – The poor performance of Maryland’s package stores in 2012 is a direct result of last year’s alcohol tax increase, according to the Distilled Spirits Council’s Chief Economist, who today spoke on a panel before the Maryland Economic Advisory Forum.

 
Nov 06, 2012 03:18 PM

Distilled Spirits Council of the U.S. Celebrates American Whiskeys in China

The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) today announced a series of export promotion activities and whiskey and cocktail seminars in Hong Kong and Southern China, beginning with hosting an American Spirits Pavilion at the Hong Kong Wine & Spirits Expo for local beverage trade and media.

 
Oct 31, 2012 08:00 PM

U.S.-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement Enters Into Force

WASHINGTON, DC – Today the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) toasted the entry into force of the U.S.-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement, saying that it represents significant new access in an expanding spirits market.

 
Oct 11, 2012 05:07 PM

DISCUS Hosts “Spirit of Mount Vernon” Industry Heritage Dinner and Rare Auction

WASHINGTON, DC – The Distilled Spirits Council’s 11th annual “Spirit of Mount Vernon” heritage dinner and rare spirits auction held last night on the lawn of Mount Vernon raised $240,000 for the new Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington and $100,000 for the Wounded Warrior Family Support Program. This brings the grand total for the history of this event to over $3 million.​

 
Oct 09, 2012 07:40 PM

DISCUS APPLAUDS GAPG/ICAP GLOBAL SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY EFFORT

The Distilled Spirits Council today applauded the world’s leading producers of spirits, beer and wine for their newly-announced global social responsibility commitments.

 
Oct 01, 2012 05:00 PM

Distilled Spirits Council Commends ABC 20/20 For Underage Drinking Correction

Washington, DC – The Distilled Spirits Council today commended ABC’s 20/20 program for correcting a September 21st segment on underage drinking that had failed to point out that multiple U.S. Government reports show that both underage drinking and youth binge drinking are at historic lows.

 
Sep 27, 2012 07:00 PM

Latest CAMY Report on Alcohol Advertising and African-American Youth Underscores Need for CDC Review of Misspent Grant Money

The latest CDC-funded report by the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth (CAMY) says...

 
Jun 12, 2012 04:42 PM

Distillers Urge Senate to Pass Russia Trade Bill

WASHINGTON, DC – Legislation granting permanent normal trade relations status (PNTR) to Russia was introduced in the U.S. Senate today, and the Distilled Spirits Council urged speedy passage in order for U.S. distillers to gain many market access benefits of Russia’s accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO).

 
May 14, 2012 04:52 PM

"Birthplace of Blue Laws" Ends Prohibition-era Ban on Sunday Sales

Hartford, CT – Connecticut residents and tourists now have the opportunity to purchase alcohol on Sundays under legislation signed today by Governor Dannel Malloy repealing the statewide ban on Sunday alcohol sales, according to the Distilled Spirits Council.

 
Apr 17, 2012 04:54 PM

Colombia Free Trade Agreement: "Another Positive Step for Global Trade"

WASHINGTON, DC – Calling it “Another positive step for global trade,” the Distilled Spirits Council applauded the announcement that the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement will officially enter into force on May 15, 2012.

 
Apr 09, 2012 04:56 PM

U.S.-Brazil Agreement Signed Recognizing Bourbon and TN Whiskey in Exchange for Recognition of Cachaca

WASHINGTON, DC – The Distilled Spirits Council called an agreement signed today by United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk and Brazilian Trade Minister Fernando Pimentel to officially recognize each countries native distilled spirits products “an historic event that is sure to contribute to further acceleration of trade in distilled spirits between the two countries.”

 
Apr 04, 2012 04:58 PM

West Virginia Governor Signs Spirits Tasting Legislation

Charleston, WV – West Virginians have reason to cheer as Governor Earl Ray Tomblin signed legislation on Friday allowing consumers to sample liquor at distilled spirits outlets, a move the Distilled Spirits Council (DISCUS) called the latest in a trend of liquor law modernizations across the country.​

 
Mar 28, 2012 05:00 PM

Mount Vernon Whisk(e)y Flavored With Tartan: Scottish Distillers Make Single Malt at George Washington's Distillery

Mount Vernon, Va. – Raising a glass to toast the Scottish connection to George Washington’s Distillery, three of Scotland’s top distillers joined with representatives of the Scottish Government, Mount Vernon Estate, the Distilled Spirits Council and the Scotch Whisky Association in celebrating U.S.-Scotland ties and the first ever Scottish-style Single Malt at the Founding Father’s distillery.

 
Mar 21, 2012 05:02 PM

Campari America Joins Distilled Spirits Council

WASHINGTON, DC – The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) announced today that Campari America has joined the trade association, which is composed of most major producers and marketers of distilled spirits in the United States.

 
Mar 20, 2012 05:03 PM

Connecticut Sunday Alcohol Bill Clears Key Legislative Hurdle

HARTFORD, CT – Legislation to reform Connecticut’s outdated liquor laws, including ending the ban on Sunday alcohol sales, cleared a major legislative hurdle today as it passed the General Law Committee, according to the Distilled Spirits Council – which called the vote a win for consumers, small businesses and the State Treasury.

 
Mar 09, 2012 06:06 PM

24 More Georgia Municipalities Pass Sunday Alcohol Sales

WASHINGTON, DC – Twenty-four Georgia localities passed Sunday alcohol sales during Super Tuesday’s elections, according to the Distilled Spirits Council (DISCUS), which called the results further proof that attitudes toward distilled spirits have come a long way since Prohibition.

 
Mar 03, 2012 06:09 PM

Distilled Spirits Council of The U.S. To Host American Spirits Promotions in Korea, Russia, and China; Global Media Outlets will visit the American Whiskey Trail

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (Distilled Spirits Council) will host American Spirits seminars and tastings of super premium American whiskeys and other American spirits for importers, restaurant and nightclub owners, managers, bartenders, spirits buyers and media in Korea, Russia, and China later this year. In addition, a delegation of journalists from various international publications will visit the American Whiskey Trail. The events, which will celebr​

 
Feb 23, 2012 06:10 PM

Patrón COO John McDonnell Elected Chairman of Distilled Spirits Council

Washington, DC — The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) announced the election of John McDonnell, Chief Operating Officer of Patrón Spirits International AG, as chairman of the Board of Directors for a two-year term, at its annual meeting in Florida today.

 
Feb 21, 2012 06:11 PM

USTR: Korea Free Trade Agreement Effective March 15

WASHINGTON, DC – The Distilled Spirits Council today welcomed an announcement by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) that the Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA) will enter into force officially on March 15, 2012, resulting in an immediate elimination of the 20% tariff on Bourbon and Tennessee Whiskey imports and a gradual, five-year elimination of tariffs on other U.S. spirits products.

 
Feb 16, 2012 06:14 PM

Former AMA Chair Replies to Nature Journal Alcohol Commentary: Simplistic and Lacking Common Sense

The alcohol industry is strongly opposed to abusive alcohol consumption in any form. We support the World Health Organization’s (WHO) ongoing Global Alcohol Strategy on the Harmful Use of Alcohol, which was adopted unanimously in 2010 by its 193 member states. They decided not to pursue a tobacco-like framework convention on alcohol because one size does not fit all, and most individuals around the world drink moderately and responsibly.

 
Feb 08, 2012 07:30 PM

Wisconsin Assembly Committee Hears Spirits Tasting Bill

Wisconsinites could soon have an opportunity to sample distilled spirits at liquor stores under new legislation heard today in the Assembly Homeland Security and State Affairs Committee, according to the Distilled Spirits Council (DISCUS), a national trade association representing thousands of liquor brands sold in Wisconsin.

 
Jan 30, 2012 08:05 PM

Distilled Spirits Council Reports Industry Growth Returns While Exports Skyrocket 16.5%

The distilled spirits industry experienced growth in 2011 while taking more market share again from beer, reported Distilled Spirits Council President and CEO Peter Cressy at the industry’s annual briefing for Wall Street analysts and reporters. But, he warned, uncertainty about the economic recovery and the impact of new taxes could derail future growth.

 
Jan 24, 2012 08:08 PM

Suntory International Corp. Joins Distilled Spirits Council of the United States

The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) announced today to that Suntory International Corp., New York, has joined the trade group, which is composed of most major producers and marketers of distilled spirits in the United States.

 
Jan 10, 2012 08:09 PM

Response to CDC Phone Survey on Binge Drinking

The distilled spirits industry has long shared concerns about binge drinking and has been a leader in developing programs and public-private partnerships to reduce all forms of alcohol abuse, and promote moderation. Through these efforts, as well as strict law enforcement and education, significant progress has been made with recent statistics showing drunk driving fatalities and underage drinking at record low levels.

 

New Year's Resolution for Legislators in 13 States Should be to Pass Sunday Alcohol Sales

State legislators should make a New Year’s resolution to pass Sunday alcohol sales in the 13 states that still continue to enforce archaic Blue Laws, stated the Distilled Spirits Council (DISCUS).

 
Dec 21, 2011 06:47 PM

Distilled Spirits Industry Applauds Final WTO Ruling On Philippines' Discriminatory Spirits Taxes

WASHINGTON, DC – The Distilled Spirits Council (DISCUS) today welcomed the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) final ruling that the Philippines’ excise tax on distilled spirits is discriminatory and in violation of WTO rules. Further, DISCUS urged the Philippine government to revise its excise tax structure immediately to comply with the ruling.

 
Dec 14, 2011 06:49 PM

Teen Drinking Rates Reach Historic Low

WASHINGTON — A major Federal study released today reported that underage drinking rates among 8th, 10th and 12th graders are at their lowest levels since the study’s inception in 1975, according to the Distilled Spirits Council.

 
Nov 23, 2011 06:51 PM

C-SPAN TO DEBUT PROGRAM ON GEORGE WASHINGTON'S DISTILLERY THANKSGIVING DAY

WASHINGTON, DC – C-SPAN is scheduled to air a 30-minute program featuring George Washington’s Distillery and the Founding Father’s role as an early American distiller, according to the Distilled Spirits Council.

 
Nov 17, 2011 06:53 PM

The Libational Library: Gift Ideas for Spirituous Holidays from the Distilled Spirits Council

Washington, DC – Many new drinks books have recently hit the market just in time for holiday gift-giving. From distilling heritage to cocktail recipes, this year’s bookstore offers tasteful reading for every spirits enthusiast. The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States recommends the following recently released publications for the spirituous bibliophile on your gift list.

 
Nov 07, 2011 06:55 PM

Distilled Spirits Council Issues 2011 Summary of State Laws

WASHINGTON, DC -- The Distilled Spirits Council released today the 36th edition of the Summary of State Laws & Regulations Relating to Distilled Spirits, its compendium of beverage alcohol regulation in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

 
Oct 26, 2011 06:02 PM

Alcohol Tax Threatens Cook County Hospitality Industry

CHICAGO, IL – The Distilled Spirits Council (DISCUS), representing thousands of spirits brands sold in Illinois, today blasted Cook County’s proposal to raise spirits taxes calling the 25% hike a major job-killing burden on Chicago’s hospitality industry.

 
Oct 20, 2011 06:09 PM

Distilled Spirits Council Launches Voter Education Effort on Liquor Privatization Ballot Initiative

WASHINGTON, DC – Print and online ads are running in newspapers across Washington State today as part of an education effort sponsored by the Distilled Spirits Council urging residents to fully understand complex elements of the liquor privatization ballot Initiative 1183, before they vote.

 
Oct 13, 2011 06:10 PM

"Spirit of Mount Vernon" Industry Heritage Dinner and Rare Auction Raises $214,000 for Historic Mount Vernon

WASHINGTON, DC – The Distilled Spirits Council’s tenth annual “Spirit of Mount Vernon” heritage dinner and rare spirits auction held last night on the lawn of Mount Vernon raised $214,000 for education programs at Historic Mount Vernon, bringing the grand total for the history of this event to $2.4 million.

 
Oct 12, 2011 06:15 PM

DISCUS: Congressional Approval of Free Trade Agreements Will Increase Exports and Support U.S. Jobs

WASHINGTON – The Distilled Spirits Council said today Congressional approval of free trade agreements (FTAs) with Colombia, South Korea, and Panama will lead to significant increases in American distilled spirits exports, while contributing to job growth in the U.S.

 
Oct 12, 2011 06:12 PM

Distill Like a President

Mount Vernon, VA -- Master Distillers got into the harvest season spirit this week at George Washington’s Distillery, in recreating the Founding Father’s historic apple brandy in his reconstructed distillery at Mount Vernon, Virginia.

 
Oct 10, 2011 06:18 PM

DISTILLED SPIRITS COUNCIL OF THE U.S. TO HOST AMERICAN SPIRITS PROMOTIONS IN CHINA

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) will host an American Spirits seminar and tasting of super premium American spirits for importers, restaurant and nightclub owners, managers, bartenders, spirits buyers and media in Shanghai on November 15, 2011.

 
Oct 04, 2011 06:19 PM

Distilled Spirits Council Urges Quick Congressional Passage of Free Trade Agreements

WASHINGTON, DC – The Distilled Spirits Council today urged quick Congressional passage of the pending free trade agreements with South Korea, Panama and Colombia and applauded President Obama for submitting the FTAs to Congress.

 
Sep 27, 2011 06:24 PM

Distilled Spirits Council Statement on the Passing of Owsley Brown II

Statement Attributed to Peter H. Cressy, Distilled Spirits Council President and CEO

 
Sep 20, 2011 06:25 PM

Distilled Spirits Council Issues New Social Media Marketing Guidelines

Washington, DC – The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) today issued new guidelines for responsible alcohol advertising and marketing on social networking sites and other digital communications platforms, effective September 30.

 
Sep 07, 2011 06:30 PM

Distilled Spirits Council Supports "We Don't Serve Teens" Campaign

WASHINGTON — The Distilled Spirits Council (DISCUS) is joining with dozens of national, state and local organizations in supporting the Federal Trade Commission’s “We Don’t Serve Teens” 2011 annual campaign to help get the word out that serving alcohol to teens is unsafe, illegal and irresponsible. ​

 
Aug 29, 2011 06:31 PM

CDC Study Recognizes Moderate Alcohol Consumption As One of Four Key Healthy Lifestyle Behaviors

Washington, DC – A new study by the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirms that moderate alcohol consumption is one of four healthy lifestyle behaviors that help people live longer.

 
Aug 15, 2011 06:33 PM

DISCUS Applauds WTO Ruling on Philippines' Discriminatory Spirits Taxes

Washington, D.C. - The Distilled Spirits Council today applauded the decision by a World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement panel, which concluded that the Philippines’ discriminatory excise tax on distilled spirits violates WTO rules. Further, the Council urges the Philippine government to revise its excise tax structure immediately to comply with the ruling.

 
Jun 30, 2011 06:34 PM

RARE WASHINGTON LETTER GOES ON DISPLAY AT MT. VERNON DISTILLERY JULY 1-4th

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A rare, 18th century letter penned by the first President and country’s most famous distiller, George Washington, will be on public display for the first time at the George Washington Distillery at Mount Vernon in honor of the July 4th holiday weekend. The public display coincides with the release of a limited George Washington Rye Whiskey produced at the distillery and based on the founding father’s recipe.

 
Jun 22, 2011 06:36 PM

Distillers Applaud PA House Liquor Control Committee, PLCB for Consumer-friendly Approach to Sunday Sales

WASHINGTON, DC – The Pennsylvania House Liquor Control Committee took a step in the right direction yesterday by advancing a bill to modernize the Commonwealth’s Sunday alcohol sales restrictions – a move the Distilled Spirits Council hailed as a consumer-friendly approach to generating revenue through increased customer convenience rather than taxes.

 
May 26, 2011 06:39 PM

Distilled Spirits Industry Updates Advertising Guidelines Based on Newly-Released Census Data

Washington, DC -- The Distilled Spirits Council today increased the demographic placement standard in its Code of Responsible Advertising Practices to reflect the 2010 Census data released this morning showing that 71.6 percent of the U.S. population is 21 years of age and older.

 
May 12, 2011 06:41 PM

Sunday Alcohol Sales Could Save Millions in "Plan B" Cuts for Connecticut

Hartford, CT – Repealing Connecticut’s outdated ban on Sunday alcohol sales could generate as much as $8 million in new revenue for the state, which according to the Distilled Spirits Council is revenue that could protect several other important programs from being cut in Governor Malloy’s “Plan B” budget proposal.

 
Apr 28, 2011 08:50 PM

Georgia Becomes 37th State to Allow Sunday Liquor Sales

ATLANTA, GA – Communities across Georgia now have the opportunity to vote on Sunday alcohol sales under a bill signed this morning by Governor Nathan Deal repealing the statewide ban on Sunday sales, according to the Distilled Spirits Council.

 
Apr 13, 2011 08:51 PM

CHEERS! GEORGIA LEGISLATURE STRIKES DOWN BLUE LAW

ATLANTA, GA – Georgians who have clamored for the convenience of Sunday alcohol sales have reason to cheer today after the State Legislature passed a bill last night striking down the state’s Prohibition-era Blue Law, according to the Distilled Spirits Council, which has strongly supported repealing the Sunday ban.

 
Apr 06, 2011 08:54 PM

Distilled Spirits Council Applauds Progress on U.S.–Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement

WASHINGTON, DC – The Distilled Spirits Council today congratulated the United States and Colombian governments for reaching an agreement on labor and judicial reforms, which will clear the way for Congressional consideration of the long-pending U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement (CTPA).

 
Mar 30, 2011 08:55 PM

INTRA-INDUSTRY FEUD FORCES MAJOR ALCOHOL SUPPLIERS TO SEND LETTER TO CONGRESS OPPOSING "HR 1161"

Washington, DC – In a letter today to Members of Congress, all major alcohol supplier trade associations strongly denounced the wholesaler-crafted HR 1161 – the so-called “CARE Act.” The letter said the bill would “undermine the free-market system enshrined in the Constitution” and urged Members of Congress not to get involved in this intra-industry dispute.

 
Mar 17, 2011 08:57 PM

BEER, WINE AND SPIRITS PRODUCERS URGE CONGRESS TO REJECT THE "COMMUNITY ALCOHOL REGULATORY EFFECTIVENESS" ACT OF 2011

WASHINGTON (March 17, 2011) – The Brewers Association, WineAmerica, Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, Wine Institute, Beer Institute and the National Association of Beverage Importers, associations representing virtually all alcohol beverages sold in the 50 states, today called on Members of Congress to reject the CARE Act (H.R. 1161), legislation backed by the wholesale tier of the alcohol beverage industry.

 
Mar 16, 2011 08:58 PM

GEORGIA ONE STEP CLOSER TO SUNDAY ALCOHOL SALES

ATLANTA, GA – Georgia is one step closer to allowing Sunday liquor sales, according to the Distilled Spirits Council (DISCUS), which today praised the Senate passage of S.B. 10 giving local communities a chance to decide for themselves. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Bulloch, passed the Senate by a vote of 32 to 22 and now moves to the House for consideration.

 
Mar 04, 2011 09:59 PM

Distilled Spirits Council of The U.S. To Host American Spirits Promotions in India and China; Global Media Outlets will visit the American Whiskey Trail

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (Distilled Spirits Council) will host American Spirits seminars and tastings of super premium American whiskeys and other American spirits for importers, restaurant and nightclub owners, managers, bartenders, spirits buyers and media in India and China later this year.

 
Feb 23, 2011 10:00 PM

New Federal Dietary Guidelines: The Role Alcohol Can Play in a Healthy Adult Lifestyle

New York – The Distilled Spirits Council sponsored a media alcohol and health briefing yesterday showcasing the role alcohol can play in a healthy adult lifestyle, as contained in the recently released federal Dietary Guidelines. The event featured Dietary Guidelines Advisory member Dr. Eric Rimm of Harvard Medical School.

 
Feb 17, 2011 10:03 PM

New Government Survey: 93.4 Percent of 12-14 Year Olds Obtain Alcohol For Free

The Distilled Spirits Council today applauded the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for calling attention to the important role parents play in reducing teen drinking. A new survey issued by SAMHSA shows that 5.9 percent of adolescents aged 12-14 drank alcohol in the past month and that the vast majority of them (93.4%) received their alcohol for free the last time they drank, and 44.8 percent obtained their alcohol from adult family members or their homes.

 
Jan 31, 2011 10:05 PM

2010 Federal Dietary Guidelines Underscore Moderation, Standard Drinks Education and Alcohol as Part of a Healthy Adult Diet

WASHINGTON, D.C., – The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, released today by the Federal government, underscored the definition of a standard drink and urged that the Alcohol Guideline be used as the basis for nutrition advice and public policy.

 
Jan 24, 2011 10:06 PM

Distilled Spirits Industry Beginning to Rebound From Recession

New York, NY – The distilled spirits industry is showing signs of recovery but policy makers need to refrain from increasing tax burdens because the economy is not out of the woods yet, Distilled Spirits Council CEO Peter Cressy said today at an annual industry briefing for media and analysts.

 
Dec 20, 2010 04:09 PM

Distilled Spirits Council Commends Oregon's Spirits Markup Measure

Salem, OR – The Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) unanimously passed a rule Friday requiring 45 days prior notice and a public hearing before implementing any new markups, fees or surcharges on distilled spirits, according to the Distilled Spirits Council which applauded the measure and called it a win for good government.

 
Dec 14, 2010 04:11 PM

2010 Monitoring the Future Survey: Teen Drinking Rates Reach Historic Low

A major Federal study released today reported that underage drinking rates among 8th, 10th and 12th graders are at their lowest levels since the study’s inception, according to the Distilled Spirits Council.

 
Dec 03, 2010 04:13 PM

Path Cleared for Tariff-Free Treatment of U.S. Distilled Spirits in Korea -- World’s Sixth Largest Spirits Market

WASHINGTON, DC – The Distilled Spirits Council today congratulated the United States and Korean governments for resolving issues holding up the U.S.–Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS FTA), saying it will lead to elimination of tariffs on U.S. distilled spirits products in the important South Korean market.

 
Nov 30, 2010 04:14 PM

Landmark Food Safety Legislation Avoids Duplicative Regulations for Beverage Alcohol

WASHINGTON, DC – Landmark food safety legislation passed today by the United States Senate avoids duplicative regulatory schemes for distilled spirits that would have been implemented by both the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and by the U.S. Treasury’s Alcohol Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), according to the Distilled Spirits Council.

 
Nov 18, 2010 04:15 PM

Distilled Spirits Council Commends State Liquor Board Handling Fee Moratorium

HARRISBURG, PA – The Distilled Spirits Council today commended the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) for reconsidering the proposed bottle handling fee increase on wine and spirits by instituting a moratorium until June 30, 2011.

 
Nov 10, 2010 04:16 PM

Distiled Spirits Council Cheers Montgomery County Decision to Strike Sunday Blue Law

Montgomery County, MD – The Distilled Spirits Council (DISCUS) today applauded the Montgomery County Council’s decision to repeal its decades-old ban on Sunday alcohol sales – a move DISCUS says will increase customer convenience, provide businesses with additional choices, and generate much-needed revenue for County coffers.

 
Sep 22, 2010 03:18 PM

Michigan State Legislature Passes Liquor Sampling Bill

LANSING, MI – The Michigan State Legislature today passed a bill giving consumers the opportunity to sample liquor at distilled spirits outlets, according to the Distilled Spirits Council which applauded the legislation and called Michigan’s tastings the latest in a growing trend of states updating liquor laws across the country.

 
Sep 09, 2010 03:34 PM

Alcohol-Impaired Traffic Fatalities At Record Low Level

WASHINGTON— The number of alcohol-impaired driving fatalities in the United States last year dropped to a historic low, according to new data released today by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

 
Sep 09, 2010 03:31 PM

Eight Time Olympic Medalist Apolo Anton Ohno Leads List of Honorees at October 6 Mount Vernon Industry Heritage Gala

WASHINGTON, DC – Eight Time Olympic Gold Medalist Apolo Anton Ohno will be one of four inducted to the “George Washington Spirits Society” at Mount Vernon October 6 during the ninth annual “Spirit of Mount Vernon” heritage dinner and rare spirits auction. The other 2010 inductees include: James L. Bareuther; Jeff Becker (posthumously); and U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth.

 
Sep 08, 2010 03:35 PM

Distilled Spirits Council Supports "We Don't Serve Teens" Effort

WASHINGTON — The Distilled Spirits Council is joining with dozens of national, state and local organizations in supporting the Federal Trade Commission’s “We Don’t Serve Teens” 2010 annual campaign to help get the word out that serving alcohol to teens is unsafe, illegal and irresponsible.

 
Aug 31, 2010 03:37 PM

Distilled Spirits Industry Issues Eleventh and Twelfth Public Report On Advertising and Marketing Complaints

WASHINGTON, DC – The Distilled Spirits Council (DISCUS) today issued its 11th and 12th Semi-Annual Code Report detailing complaints involving alcohol advertisements, actions taken by the industry’s internal review board and the response by each advertiser.

 
Aug 17, 2010 03:39 PM

Renowned Alcohol Researcher Refutes Studies Claiming Alcohol Ads Linked To Underage Drinking

WASHINGTON, DC – Longitudinal studies, touted by advocacy groups as showing a causal link between alcohol ads and youth drinking, are scientifically flawed, according to a comprehensive review of advertising studies by Jon Nelson, Professor Emeritus of Economics at Penn State University, published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

 
Jul 01, 2010 03:42 PM

BUY GEORGE! First Public Opportunity to Buy and Taste George Washington Rye Whiskey at the Mount Vernon Distillery

MOUNT VERNON, VA. -- For the first time since George Washington's Distillery burned to the ground in 1814, the public lined up to taste and buy Rye Whiskey made at the Founding Father's distillery during a spirits tasting event held today at Mount Vernon. Editors’ Note: Mount Vernon officials report that crowds of 400-500 showed up for the event today and all the bottles of George Washington’s Rye Whiskey sold.

 
Jun 23, 2010 03:51 PM

Major Alcohol Supplier Trade Associations Oppose Wholesaler Monopoly Protection Bill (HR 5034)

In a letter today to members of the U.S. House of Representatives, all of the major alcohol supplier trade associations strongly denounced the wholesaler-crafted HR 5034 – the so-called CARE Act. The letter called the bill discriminatory and anti-competitive, saying “H.R. 5034 would allow states to pass laws that violate the dormant Commerce Clause, federal antitrust laws and any other Act of Congress.” The groups signing the letter include: the Distilled Spirits Council; Wine Institute; Beer ​

 
 
Apr 22, 2010 03:53 PM

Distilled Spirits Council Urges Government Support for Standard Drink Information on Alcohol Labels

WASHINGTON, DC – The Distilled Spirits Council (DISCUS) today urged the Obama Administration to mark Alcohol Awareness Month by passing new alcohol labeling requirements to include basic dietary information on the labels of all beverage alcohol products.

 
Mar 30, 2010 03:54 PM

Distilled Spirits Council Hosts Best Practices Media Summit For Responsible Advertising

Washington, D.C. – Industry leaders, government officials and media representatives from across the country gathered in Washington, D.C. on March 25th to exchange ideas on responsible advertising practices for traditional and emerging marketing platforms at the Distilled Spirits Council’s third Best Practices Media Summit.

 
Mar 18, 2010 03:55 PM

Indiana Strikes Down Election Day Alcohol Sales Ban

INDIANAPOLIS – As the Indiana State Legislature adjourned late Sunday, March 14th, Gov. Mitch Daniels signed Senate Bill 75 to allow Election Day alcohol sales, according to the Distilled Spirits Council (DISCUS).

 
Mar 15, 2010 03:56 PM

Virginia Legislature Includes Hidden Alcohol Taxes in State Budget

RICHMOND, VA – The Virginia State Legislature’s budget includes a two percent increase in the mark-up on distilled spirits – the 12th price hike on Virginia spirits drinkers since 1979 and a move the Distilled Spirits Council is calling a “stealth tax” that will have consumers paying even more per bottle.

 
Mar 12, 2010 04:59 PM

Virginians Can Raise a Toast to Spirits Tastings

RICHMOND, VA – In a strong move toward modernizing Virginia’s alcohol laws, Republican Governor Bob McDonnell signed legislation knocking down a decades-old ban on liquor tasting events at ABC stores, according to the Distilled Spirits Council (DISCUS) which said the bill modernized an outdated law that had only allowed for beer and wine tastings.

 
Mar 11, 2010 05:01 PM

Huge Alcohol Tax Hike Threatens Maryland Hospitality Industry, DISCUS Testifies

ANNAPOLIS, MD – The Maryland State Legislature is considering legislation that would increase the state alcohol excise tax by 568% – a move that will punish small businesses and destroy more than 4,700 jobs across Maryland’s hospitality industry, according to testimony from the Distilled Spirits Council.

 
Feb 23, 2010 05:02 PM

Distilled Spirits Council Launches Craft Distiller Membership

Washington, DC – The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) today announced a new Craft Distiller Affiliate Membership program designed to organize the growing number of small distilled spirits producers across the nation and alert them to public policy issues affecting the industry at every level of government.

 
Feb 17, 2010 12:00 AM

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Feb 02, 2010 05:05 PM

State Senator Introduces Bill to Stop "Stealth" Tax Hikes

OLYMPIA, WA – A bill that would prevent the Washington State Legislature from forcing an increase in the markup on distilled spirits has been introduced in the state Senate, according to the Distilled Spirits Council – which applauded the legislation and referred to markups as “stealth taxes” that penalize consumers with higher prices.

 
Feb 02, 2010 05:03 PM

Distilled Spirits Review: Industry Proves Recession Resilient in 2009

New York, NY – Saying the spirits industry proved to be recession resilient in 2009, Distilled Spirits Council CEO Peter Cressy today released supplier data at an annual briefing for media and analysts showing 2009 volume growth of 1.4% but revenue holding steady at $18.7 billion for the year. He said market share versus beer and wine grew one-half a point by volume but declined slightly by two tenths of a point by revenue.

 
Jan 31, 2010 12:00 AM

The State's Costly Blue Law

 
Jan 19, 2010 05:07 PM

CHEERS! Corzine Signs Liquor Sampling Bill

TRENTON, NJ – In one of his final gubernatorial acts, Governor Jon Corzine signed legislation last night allowing New Jerseyans the chance to sample distilled spirits at liquor stores, according to the Distilled Spirits Council (DISCUS), which said the bill modernized an outdated law that had only allowed for wine tastings.

 
 
Dec 17, 2009 07:49 PM

U.S. Government Booklet "Rethinking Drinking" Reinforces Responsible Decisions About Alcohol During the Holidays

WASHINGTON, D.C. – At an important briefing yesterday at the National Press Club, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism showcased an informative, free consumer booklet to encourage responsible drinking decisions during the holiday season and beyond.

 
Jun 24, 2009 12:00 AM

Time is now for Sunday sales

 
May 24, 2009 12:00 AM

A burden on spirits

 
 
Feb 20, 2009 12:00 AM

Editorial: Shot of Courage

 
Oct 23, 2008 12:00 AM

UNIMERC Forms

 
Aug 21, 2006 12:00 AM

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