Now in its 10th year distillers from across the United States are heading to Washington, D.C. this week to work with legislator’s to garner support for the distilled spirits industry – an industry that now represent nearly 2,000 small businesses across the country.
More than 150 distillers from small mom and pop craft distilleries to large international distillers will be in D.C. July 22-24 for the annual Public Policy Conference, co-hosted by the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States – DISCUS and the American Craft Spirits Association – ACSA.
Making the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act Permanent
Put an End to Retaliatory Tariffs on Distilled Spirits
Distillers will also discuss with legislators the devastating impacts that retaliatory tariffs on spirits exports are having on American distillers as they expand into foreign markets and the importance of their distilleries to the economic development of their surrounding communities.
Conference speakers include: Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), co-sponsor of the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (S.362); Senator Rob Portman (R-OH); Senator Jon Tester (D-MT); Alcohol Tax and Trade Bureau officials; and Carl Hulse, New York Times chief Washington correspondent and author of Confirmation Bias.
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33 States Represented at this Year’s Conference
Distilled Spirits Council of the United States President and CEO Chris Swonger added, “These distillers will be delivering a unified message to legislative leaders on Capitol Hill at a critical time. The federal tax cut on spirits is set to expire at the end of the year and the negative impacts of the retaliatory tariffs against U.S. spirits products are mounting.”
Booze, Politician, Media and Distillers – Oh My!
What could possibly go wrong here? Distillers attending the conference will be showcasing their craft spirits at a “Meet America’s Distillers” reception on Capitol Hill for lawmakers and a “Spirits of America” reception for journalists at the National Press Club. Perhaps this meeting should happen first?