Beverage Alcohol Laboratory (BAL)

The National Laboratory Center is a state-of-the-art-facility in Beltsville, Maryland, which houses the Beverage Alcohol, Nonbeverage Products, and Tobacco Laboratories within TTB's Scientific Services Division. These laboratories provide the Bureau with scientific and technical support.

The Beverage Alcohol Laboratory supports testing of beverage alcohol products that include:

  • Product classification for collection of revenue and to protect the public
  • Contaminants, adulterants, and unauthorized additives
  • Misbranding, mislabeling, and fraud investigations
  • Product diversion including smuggling, counterfeit products and moonshine investigations
  • Product safety investigations



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Questions? If you have questions regarding TTB's Beverage Alcohol Laboratory (BAL), contact the Scientific Services Division online or at 240-264-1665 for general inquiries. You can contact 202-508-0421 for more specific BAL inquiries. If you're having technical issues with our online applications contact the TTB Help Desk or see the TTB Online Help Center.


Page last reviewed: April 22, 2014
Page last updated: February 7, 2023
Maintained by: Scientific Services Division