Distilled Spirits Industry

Wondering how to get started in the distilled spirits industry? Visit our industry startup guide: Getting Started in a TTB-Regulated Industry.  Have a permit to operate and looking for next steps?  See our industry compliance guide:  Maintaining Compliance in a TTB-Regulated Industry.

Key Distilled Spirits Topics



Help including key labeling topicslabeling requirements, pre-COLA evaluation and allowable COLA changes



Informational packets for those needing permission to operate.  You can apply online!



Requirements for importing and exporting alcohol beverages, and wholesaler/importer info


Taxes and Filing

Tax rates and due dates, Pay.gov and help with filing and preparing excise tax returns


Distilled Spirits Proofing

TTB’s Proofing Video Series and assistance with Gauging Manual


Home Distilling

Learn about the federal charges and consequences for distilling without a permit


Distilled Spirits Laws/Regulations

Public guidance including FAQs, procedures, rulings and industry circulars

Formula Approval

Formula Approval

Some products require formula approval before you can submit your labels to TTB. Check if your beverage requires formula approval or lab analysis.


Top Questions about the Distilled Spirits Industry...

How Do I...?

Become a Distilled Spirits Industry Member Purchase a Security for a Collateral Bond
Obtain Labeling and Formulation Approval Submit a Product Sample
Sell Tax-Free Alcohol to an Approved User Maintain Compliance in a TTB-Regulated Industry
File a Disaster Claim See More Distilled Spirits Questions
Differentiate between a change in proprietorship and a change in control  


Green icon with a white phone. CONTACT US

Questions?  If you have questions regarding permits, applications, bonds, tax payments, etc., you may contact the National Revenue Center at ttbspirits@ttb.gov or at 877-882-3277 (Toll Free) or see more distilled spirits contacts.  If you’re having technical issues with our online applications contact the TTB Help Desk at TTB.Helpdesk@ttb.gov or at 866-240-0835 or see our TTB Online Help Center.




Page last reviewed: June 6, 2017
Page last updated: July 1, 2021
Maintained by: Office of Communications