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TTB NEWSLETTER | Weekly News
April 1, 2016
IN THIS ISSUE
Greetings! We hope you had an amazing and incredible week! This week's top stories include information about which beers are not subject to formula approval, changes to approved alcohol labels that don’t require a new COLA, and a list of the past week's top beer pages at TTB.gov/.
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Top Beer Pages for March 21 - 27, 2016
ABOUT THE NEWSLETTER
The TTB Newsletter compiles the top TTB news of the week and other helpful information about the Bureau and the federal alcohol and tobacco laws and regulations we enforce.
Please send any questions or comments to the Executive Liaison for Industry and State Matters at Industry-StateLiaison@ttb.gov/.
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CERTAIN INGREDIENTS AND PROCESSES USED IN THE PRODUCTION OF BEER NOT SUBJECT TO FORMULA REQUIREMENTS
We have exempted from the formula requirements (27 CFR 25.55) malt beverages made with certain ingredients, such as honey, certain fruits, certain spices, and certain food ingredients, that are traditionally used in the production of beer. We also have determined that certain processes, such as aging beer in barrels that were previously used in the production or storage of wine or distilled spirits, do not require the filing of a formula.
The use of the ingredients or processes identified in Attachment 1 of TTB Ruling 2015-1 in the production of beer does not require the filing of a formula for a domestic or imported beer, provided that:
If you use both exempted ingredients and ingredients that have not been exempted, you must file a formula. Likewise, if you use both exempted processes and non-exempted process, you must file a formula.
For additional information:
ALLOWABLE CHANGES TO APPROVED ALCOHOL BEVERAGE LABELS
Once your label receives TTB approval, you are allowed to change certain items on that label without obtaining a new COLA (TTB Form 5100.31 - Application for and Certification/Exemption of Label/Bottle Approval). Any revisions you make to your approved labels must be in compliance with the applicable regulations in 27 CFR parts 4, 5, 7 and 16, and any other applicable provision of law or regulation, including, but not limited to, the conditions described in the "Comments" section of the chart of allowable revisions.
What Label Revisions Always Require a New COLA?
You must get a new COLA when changing:
You must get a new COLA when adding:
If you are considering making changes to previously approved labels, please review the complete list of allowable revisions before you submit a COLA application—you may not need to send us the revised labels at all!
Use the Allowable Changes Sample Label Generator tool to view sample labels that demonstrate the changes that can be made to approved labels.
* The new state must be reflected on the industry member’s basic permit, brewer’s notice, or other qualifying documents.