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June 5, 2015


Greetings! We hope you had a stupendous and thrilling week! This week's top stories include announcements about Battle Martin's retirement, the newly-appointed malt beverage label point person, TTB HQ mailing address, and a list of the past week's top COLAs Online resource pages at TTB.gov/.


Battle Martin

Battle assists an industry member during a recent beer industry trade show.

TTB's Malt Beverage Labeling Specialist, Kent Battle Martin, retired Thursday, May 28, 2015.  A recipient of the Administrator's Award, TTB's highest honor, Battle almost single-handedly reviewed every malt beverage label application submitted since he joined TTB in October of 2004.

Battle (and no, "Battle" isn't a nickname – he was named after his grandfather, John Battles Martin), an attorney and ex-Navy officer, came to TTB after working at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which he joined after spending a year at the Immigration and Naturalization Service. October 2014 marked his 20th year of government service.  TTB isn't where he developed his passion for beer, however.  He has helped out at his family’s bar, which opened in 1952, by doing everything from bartending to actually managing the place.

During Battle's tenure as a label specialist, he adeptly handled an incredible increase in malt beverage COLA workload. In 2013, Battle processed over 27,000 label applications, and in 2014, he processed over 33,000. In fact, in the first 8 months of this fiscal year (Oct. – May), he already processed 25,000 applications, which is roughly the same number for all of 2012!

On top of processing COLAs, Battle also spent significant time on the phone and answering emails, helping industry members with the intricacies of TTB's regulations on malt beverage labels and formulas.  He was also a very popular person at many beer industry conferences and trade shows over the years, providing advice, presenting seminars, and even processing people's malt beverage label applications on the spot!

Battle's departure marks the end of an era at TTB. We appreciate all of Battle's hard work and dedication, along with his many accomplishments. We wish him farewell and good luck in his retirement!


Michael Webster is now the lead TTB contact for malt beverage labeling. Please direct your malt beverage labeling calls to 866-927-2533, option 8, or contact us by email at Submit an Online Inquiry.


This is a reminder to ensure you use our correct mailing address, particularly our current ZIP code, when sending correspondence to TTB Bureau Headquarters:

Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau
1310 G Street, NW, Box 12
Washington, DC 20005

Failure to use the correct Box number and ZIP code can lead to significant delays in TTB receiving your mail.

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