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Understanding Moderation

Part of responsible drinking is understanding that a standard drink of beer, distilled spirits and wine each contains the same amount of alcohol. It's not what you drink, it's how much that counts.

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There's no beverage of moderation, only the practice of moderation.

Committed to Responsibility

For more than 75 years, the spirits industry has adhered to a rigorous set of standards for beverage alcohol advertising and marketing. Click here to learn more about the Code.

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

September 9, 2014 06:30 PM

 

Statement Below Attributed to Distilled Spirits Council President Peter H. Cressy on behalf of the DISCUS Board of Directors:
 
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.  Jim's 19-year tenure as President of Mount Vernon was marked by the building of the Education Center/Museum and the new Presidential Library.  He is best known to the distilled spirits industry, however, for his enthusiastic determination to rebuild George Washington’s whiskey distillery to its exact original specifications. 
 
Under Jim's leadership, the distillery was completed in 2006 on its original site next to the Mount Vernon gristmill with the funding support of the Distilled Spirits Council and the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America.  The distillery is fully operational and with the gristmill provides an extraordinary example of George Washington’s entrepreneurship and business acumen.  
 
DISCUS members and the distilled spirits industry will remember Jim Rees with great affection and respect for his love of Mount Vernon and determination to ensure that every facet of Washington’s remarkable life and accomplishments were fully represented at Mount Vernon.
 
 

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