Distilled Spirits Council Elects Eight-Member Advisory Council
February 4, 2014, Washington, DC – The Distilled Spirits Council (DISCUS) announced that an eight-member Advisory Council has been elected by the Small Distiller Affiliate Members for a term through the 2015 Annual Policy Conference.
New Advisory Council members include Andrew Auwerda of Philadelphia Distilling, Philadelphia, PA; John Dannerbeck of Anchor Distilling Co., San Francisco, CA; Kent Fleischmann of Dry Fly Distilling, Spokane, WA; Dan Garrison of Garrison Brothers Distillery, Hye, TX; Scott Harris of Catoctin Creek Distilling Co., Purcellville, VA; Wes Henderson of Louisville Distilling Co., Louisville, KY; Paul Hletko of Few Spirits, Evanston, IL; and Lance Winters of St. George Spirits, Alameda, CA.
“Today’s announcement enhancing the governance structure of DISCUS’ Small Distiller Affiliate group will help advance the public policy interests of distillers of all sizes in our nation’s capital, in the states, and around the globe,” Distilled Spirits Council CEO Peter H. Cressy said. “It is critically important to work together in addressing the ongoing challenges of market modernization and blocking job-killing hospitality taxes, while promoting social responsibility and moderation.”
The Small Distiller Affiliate Membership, which was originally launched in 2010, now numbers over 80 members in 30 states. Its purpose is to organize the growing number of small distilled spirits producers across the nation and to give them a voice in public policy issues affecting the industry at every level of government. In addition to public policy matters, the members have many opportunities to participate in a wide range of activities from export promotions abroad to high-level meetings and events with top legislative and policy leaders and major associations from the other industry tiers.
"Catoctin Creek has been a member of the Small Distiller Affiliate group since its inception in 2010," remarked Scott Harris, founder of Catoctin Creek. "We felt from the beginning it was important to play a proactive role with policy issues for small producers, and DISCUS more than any other organization, has been very effective in giving us a voice in DC and around the world. I am thrilled to be elected by a group of my peers, and I am ready to get to work!"
About DISCUS: The Distilled Spirits Council (DISCUS) is the national trade association representing producers and marketers of distilled spirits sold in the United States. For more information, contact Frank Coleman at www.distilledspirits.org or 1250 Eye Street, NW, Suite 400. Washington, D.C. 20005. Tel: 202-682-8840.
About Catoctin Creek Distilling Company: Catoctin Creek Distilling Company is the first distillery in Loudoun County Virginia since before prohibition. Certified eco-ganic and kosher, and family owned and operated, Catoctin Creek produces premium spirits: rye whisky and gin from eco-ganic sources, brandy from Virginia wines, and seasonal brandy. At Catoctin Creek, high quality and eco-ganic spirits are our passion. For more information, contact Kyle Schmitz at www.catoctincreek.com or 120 W. Main Street, Purcellville, VA 20132. Tel: 703-794-7713.