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Which Alcohol Beverages Require Formula Approval

For certain distilled spirits, beers/malt beverages, and wines, TTB must evaluate the ingredients and production process before the product can be made or imported, and before you can submit your labels to TTB (if required). In some cases we also analyze a sample of the product in our laboratory while reviewing the formula.

Select your commodity, then answer a few questions about your product and we'll tell you whether it needs formula approval:

Distilled SpiritsBeer/Malt BeverageWine/Cider

Distilled Spirits

Beer/Malt Beverage


Alternatively, browse a list of all distilled spirit, beer/malt beverage, and wine products that require formula approval.




For more information about alcohol beverage formula requirements, contact the Alcohol Labeling and Formulation Division at 202-453-2250 or toll free at 866-927-ALFD (2533), or by email at Submit an Online Inquiry.


Last updated: April 3, 2024