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October 17, 2017
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Malt Beverage Example Formulas

To help you better understand what information, and how much detail, to include in an alcohol beverage formula application, we've created some example applications for fictitious products. These example formulas are shown as they would appear in Formulas Online, and each includes the supporting documentation (one or more of: Flavor Ingredient Data (FID) sheet, Limited Ingredient Calculation Worksheet, Ingredient Specification Sheet) that should be submitted with the formula.

Each example also includes some information on how the product could be labeled, based on the ingredients and method of manufacture of the product.

Malt Beverage Example 1- Malt Beverage Specialty

This example is a malt beverage that is brewed and then flavored with a combination of whole, natural ingredients and one compounded flavor that contains added alcohol. A preservative is used within the limits set by FDA and additional coloring has been added. This product does not conform to any particular malt beverage designation and is therefore classified as a malt beverage specialty (for formula purposes) and is required to be labeled with a truthful and adequate statement of composition under 27 CFR 7.24.

Note that a limit exists regarding the amount of alcohol that can be added to the product from flavors or other nonbeverage ingredients. See 27 CFR 7.11 and 27 CFR 25.15. Both the formula and the calculation worksheet reflect the added alcohol.

Malt Beverage Example 2- Malt Beverage Specialty with Three Flavor Groups

This example demonstrates that one formula can be used to cover three different versions, or flavor profiles, of a finished malt beverage.

This product, which is classified as a malt beverage specialty, is made from a base of pale ale flavored with freshly squeezed lemon juice. The base malt beverage is exempt from formula approval, since fresh lemon juice has been deemed a traditional ingredient under TTB Ruling 2015-1. The brewer then adds sodium benzoate (within the accepted limits found in 21 CFR 184.1733) as a preservative.

The base product is then combined with one of three flavor sets and color additives (FD&C Blue No. 1, titanium dioxide, and caramel), which requires formula approval. None of the flavor profiles conforms to any particular malt beverage designation and the product is therefore classified as a malt beverage specialty (for formula purposes) and is required to be labeled with a truthful and adequate statement of composition under 27 CFR 7.24.

 

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