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What to look for in a Beer Festival

Great Beer Festivals – What to Look For Beer festivals are popular around the world.  They occur in large metropolitan areas, medium-sized college towns, and small rural areas.  What makes a beer festival so attractive is that it is a way for a community to gather to relax, enjoy a

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The Beer Industry

Getting Started in the Brewery/Brewing Industry Before even beginning operations in the production or sale of brewery based products, a business owner must first decide on what type of brewery based activity that the new business will engage in.  Doing this will not only determine the specific application procedure needed

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Brewers and Distillers Spent Grain, the Agricultural Twist by the FDA

Many brewers and distillers maximize their profit potential and reduce their biological waste output by selling their spent grains to farmers for livestock animal feed.  This has recently been subject to potential regulation by the federal government.  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published its Preventive Control Rule for

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America’s Fastest Growing Alcoholic Beverage? Cider!

That’s right, as an alcoholic beverage, cider is growing faster than any other category of alcoholic beverages.  From 2012 to 2013 growth increased by 46%!  We know our office is having more and more inquiries about cider from a licensing and compliance point of view.  Most of the inquiries have

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Formulas. Do you even need one approved by TTB?

Sometimes you need one and sometimes you don’t. Regardless, it is best to find out before you apply for your Certificate of Label Approval (COLA) or you will not be allowed to receive your COLA – rather, you will be directed to submit a request for Pre-COLA Product Evaluation –

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TTB Excise Tax Relief for Breweries affected by Colorado flooding

Not unlike the alcohol industry members affected by Hurricane Sandy, breweries affected by the recent Colorado flooding and any other natural disaster should be well advised of provisions that could benefit them in time of distress. The comments below apply to all business taxpayers including retailers, wholesalers, importers, export warehouse

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When do home brewers need a license to brew?

Most home brewers know the limits on what they can brew for their own consumption – 100 gallons per calendar year if there is one adult in the household and 200 gallons of beer if there are two or more adults residing in the household. Seems like a simple rule,

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