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Can Breweries Legally Say “Gluten-free” on a Beer Label?

Gluten has been all over the news these last few years. We’ll say up front, celiacs disease is no laughing matter for a ton of folks. That said, did you know that thanks to recent guidance from the FDA, a bottle of spring water can legally be labeled gluten-free? All’s fair in love and FDA-condoned […]

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

Over the last couple of days, we’ve been talking about beer labels—why they don’t always have to include information like ABV, serving size, calorie content, and the like, and also explaining why and how you can still legally volunteer this sort of information. If you’ve missed Parts 1 and 2 of this 3-part series, take […]

Part 2 of 3. Why Beer Labels Usually Don’t Need (But Can Include) ABV and Nutrient Content Information

Yesterday, we walked through a bit of the history behind beer labels, covering why—for the most part—beer labels don’t need to include nutritional information like other products on the shelves. Today, in part 2 of this 3-part series, we answer a common question: just because you don’t need to include this information, can you? The […]

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. […]

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