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Beer Label Approval Process: TTB Employee Battle Martin Gets Some Headline Love

For those considering shipping beer across state lines, to do so lawfully, you’ll need a Certificate of Label Approval or a COLA for short. If you’re already distributing in another state, then you might have (though we hope you haven’t) encountered pushback from Battle Martin, the hardworking Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) employee who […]

TTB Issues New Rule Exempting Barrel-aged and Specialty Beers from COLA Formula Requirements

We all know that when you’re shipping a beer into interstate commerce, it needs a TTB-approved label (also known as a certificate of label approval or a COLA). This past week, TTB issued Ruling 2014-4 that hands down some good news for a lot of producers throughout the country. In the past, TTB required brewers […]

Beer Label Leads to Lost Job; IP Concerns for Beer Label Art

Well, this sucks. We all know beards are celebrated in brewing and beyond. See, for example, Rogue’s beard yeast brew. And, recently, Charleston-based Holy City Brewery decided to honor one glorious beard by depicting it on their cans. The beard’s owner was Dr. Paul Roof, a six-year professor at a small christian university in South […]

Referencing Celebrities in Beer Names and Labels: The Ozzy Dispute

This week, Black Sabbath rocker Ozzy Osbourne sent a cease and desist to a Baltimore-based brewery, Brewer’s Art. The letter involves a belgian strong ale the brewery refers to as Ozzy Ale. Had the “Ozzy” use been limited to the name, the C&D might have been a stretch. Here, however, the beer’s label art features […]

Washington Legislators Consider Bottle Bill to Encourage Recycling

As environmentally conscious as leaders in the brewing industry are, deep down, we all know that bottles and packaging don’t always wind up in recycling bins. For Washington brewers, however, a “Bottle Bill” initiative before legislators is poised to help make sure bottles do end up where they belong. Before we discuss it, a bit […]

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