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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 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.

 

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.

 

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 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 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.

 

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.

 
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 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).​

 

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 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.

 
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.

 

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 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 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 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 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 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.

 
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 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 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 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 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 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​

 
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.

 

The New Beverage Barons

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 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 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 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​

 
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 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.

 
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.

 
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 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 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.

 
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 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 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.

 
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.​

 
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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
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).

 
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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
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 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 06:12 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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
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 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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
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 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.

 
 
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.

 
 
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