The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires restaurants with 20 or more locations to include nutritional information for regular menu items, including beer. Details of the ruling can be found in the FDA Menu Labeling Requirements.
The Brewers Association (BA), as a result of consultation with FDA, developed a resource for small, independent brewery members to provide the required information to their retailer customers.
Reasonable bases acceptable to the FDA that can be utilized by restaurant chains to acquire nutritional data include:
Using a robust analytical testing program, BA built a style-based database to provide average values for nutrients included in FDA Menu Labeling Requirements. Average nutrient values represent beers brewed using “common” beer ingredients: grains (malted and unmalted), hops, yeast and water. Beer styles in the nutrient database are defined by the BA’s Beer Style Guidelines.
Nutrient values, including calories and carbohydrates, are provided in accordance with the rounding rules in the industry guidance provided by the FDA.
Note: This guidance was not developed to provide voluntary nutrient content statements for the labeling and advertising of beer, per current Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) rulings.
BA Nutritional Database should not be utilized if any of the following apply:
- Original gravity and/or final gravity deviate from the ranges specified in the style guidelines
- Brewed with “unusual” ingredients, including, but not limited to fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices, nuts, meats, coffee, etc.
- Any post-fermentation additions, including, but not limited to honey, fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices, nuts, meats, coffee, etc.
- Barrel-aged beers, of any style
- Confirm your beer fits the BA Beer Style Guidelines description for an appropriate style listed in the Beer Style: Average Nutrient Analysis table below.
- It is critical to choose the appropriate style based on specific brand attributes.
- Download the Nutrient Analysis PDF for that beer style from the Beer Style: Average Nutrient Analysis table below.
- Calculate the real extract and calories per 100/ml using the Scandinavian Beer Calculator. (Read these helpful instructions)
- Enter those two values into the BA Calorie and Carbohydrate Calculator to determine your beer’s calorie and carbohydrate values.
Beer Style: Average Nutrient Analysis
|ALE STYLE||LAGER STYLE||HYBRID/MIXED LAGER OR ALES|
British Origin Ale Styles
Irish Origin Ale Styles
North American Origin Ale Styles
German Origin Ale Styles
Belgian and French Origin Ale Styles
Other Origin Ale Styles
European-Germanic Origin Lager Styles
North American Origin Lager Styles
Other Origin Lager Styles
All Origin Hybrid/Mixed Lagers or Ales
Do you have the OG in degrees Plato and final gravity in Specific Gravity? If not, use the gravity conversion calculator to obtain those values.
Enter results from the Scandinavian Beer Calculator web site.
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This method would necessitate the development of a database with nutritional information for all of the ingredients in beer. A recipe calculator would then provide nutrient information to serve as a reasonable basis of the nutritional values of beer. These resources are not currently available.
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