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Part 1 of 3: Why Beer Labels Usually Don’t Need (But Can Include) ABV and Nutrient Content Information

Beer labels. They definitely can be an artist’s canvas, but more often than not, they’re a prime example of federal regulatory oversight in overdrive. For those brewers who are already shipping across state lines, or thinking about it, you know you need to get a “Certificate of Label Approval” (COLA, for short) to legally do […]

Our Very Best, To One of Our Very Best

Every single one of my clients is dear to me. I mean, come on, you all make beer for god’s sake! How could I not feel that way? I get giddy about each and every one of those clients proceeding to become a successful champion of beer-making wonder. And I like to brag about it. […]

The TTB Modernizes? Shelton Brothers Push The F’ing Envelope

First of all, big thanks to my favorite beverage law blog – BevLog – for bringing this to my attention. It appears that the often fearless Daniel Shelton, of famed beverage importer Shelton Brothers, has decided that the “queen mother of dirty words” (thanks Ralph) no longer meets the definition of “obscene or indecent.” Because […]

TTB Continues Impressive Streamlining of Its Procedures

  Back in September, I mentioned that the TTB had decided to try and cut the fat from its existing COLA procedures. My article discussed one of their efforts, a reduction of the personalized label submission requirements. But the TTB has been streamlining its procedures elsewhere.   Thanks to the good people at BevLog (a […]

Jester King Craft Brewery Goes to Bat for Texas Brewers

  Hey Texans: Are you enjoying that 6% Lager “Ale” or that 4% Pale “Beer”? Confused why the brewery can’t tell you where to score a six-pack Jester King Pale Ale ? What? Huh?   Well, according to one of your state’s best and brightest breweries, Texas law prohibits the use of commonly-used descriptive beer […]

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