New TTB Ruling: Brewers Don’t Need Certificate of Label Approval for Beer Sold or Shipped in the State Where It Was Bottled
Some fun news during CBC. The first Malt Beverages Ruling of 2013, TTB Ruling 2013-1, is an interesting one. The actual holding is excerpted verbatim for you below. Beer made and sold in the same state doesn’t require certificate of label approval. The other required labeling information for beer removed from the premises, (25 CFR part 27, subpart J), and the health warnings of the Alcoholic Beverage Labeling Act obviously still apply – although the TTB made certain to remind everyone of that fact:
Held: The regulations implementing the FAA Act do not require brewers to obtain a certificate of label approval in order to bottle or pack malt beverages that will not be shipped or delivered for sale or shipment into another State. The regulations do not require a brewer to obtain either a certificate of label approval or a certificate of exemption for a domestically bottled malt beverage that will be sold exclusively in the State in which it was bottled.
Held further: Regardless of whether a domestically bottled malt beverage will be sold in interstate commerce, brewers must comply with all applicable marking, branding and labeling requirements under regulations implementing the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 for all beer removed from the premises, and must comply with the health warning statement requirements imposed by the Alcoholic Beverage Labeling Act with regard to alcoholic beverages manufactured or bottled for sale or distribution in the United States.