If you've decided to brew beer for sale then you must first qualify with TTB by submitting a Brewer's Notice application. You can do this online (recommended) or file a *paper application. There is no fee at the federal level to apply for or maintain approval to operate TTB-regulated alcohol and tobacco businesses.
How to Qualify
- Starting a new business and understanding the process can be challenging. For an overview of the steps involved in getting started in a TTB-Regulated industry see our Industry Startup Tutorial.
- You should become familiar with TTB regulations related to beer in the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 27 Part 25.
- Once you understand the application process and requirements of operating a brewery, file your original brewer's notice application using Permits Online.
Permits Online Application Process
Apply electronically using Permits Online to file your original application, make amendments, and track the status. Using this secure and free system eliminates the need to mail in forms, which saves you time and effort and generally results in faster processing of your application.
Application Packets (Paper Applications)
While we encourage the use of Permits Online to ensure accuracy and often faster processing time, you may elect to use the paper forms. See or download required forms and instructions along with tools and resources to aid you in filing an acceptable paper application. If you do not file your application electronically, you must submit the Brewer's Notice application using paper forms and mail them to TTB.
- Brewery/Brewpub/Alternating Brewery Premises
For businesses wishing to produce malt beverages, operate a brewpub or microbrewery or alternate brewery premises with another brewery. Saké producers must also use this packet.
- Brewery-Pilot Operations
A pilot brewery may be established off brewery premises for research, analytical, experimental, or developmental purposes relating to beer or brewery operations.
- Special Situations
These packets provide instructions on obtaining a special service or fulfilling a special requirement for your type of business. See: Manufacturer of Nonbeverage Products