FDA Menu Label Requirements / Beer Nutrient Database

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:

  1. Nutritional Database
  2. Analytical Testing
  3. Calculations via Recipe

 

NUTRITIONAL DATABASE

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

GET STARTED

  1. 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.
  2. Download the Nutrient Analysis PDF for that beer style from the Beer Style: Average Nutrient Analysis table below.
  3. Calculate the real extract and calories per 100/ml using the Scandinavian Beer Calculator. (Read these helpful instructions)
  4. 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

Extra Special Bitter

English-Style Summer Ale

Classic English-Style Pale Ale

English-Style India Pale Ale

English-Style Brown Ale

Brown Porter

Robust Porter

Oatmeal Stout

Irish Origin Ale Styles

Classic Irish-Style Dry Stout

Export-Style Stout

North American Origin Ale Styles

Golden or Blonde Ale

American-Style Amber/Red Ale

American-Style Pale Ale

American-Style Strong Pale Ale

American-Style India Pale Ale

Session India Pale Ale

American-Style Brown Ale

American-Style Stout

Imperial or Double India Pale Ale

German Origin Ale Styles

German-Style Kölsch

German-Style Altbier

South German-Style Dunkel Weizen

South German-Style Hefeweizen

South German-Style Kristal Weizen

Belgian and French Origin Ale Styles

Other Origin Ale Styles

Australian-Style Pale Ale

International-Style Pale Ale

European-Germanic Origin Lager Styles

German-Style Pilsener

Bohemian-Style Pilsener

Dortmunder/European-Style Export

Münchner (Munich)-Style Helles

Vienna-Style Lager

German-Style Märzen

German-Style Oktoberfest/Wiesn

North American Origin Lager Styles

American-Style Lager

American-Style Pilsener

American-Style Amber Lager

American-Style Märzen/Oktoberfest

Double Red Ale

Imperial Red Ale

Other Origin Lager Styles

International-Style Pilsener

All Origin Hybrid/Mixed Lagers or Ales

American-Style Cream Ale

California Common Beer

Light American Wheat Beer with Yeast

Light American Wheat Beer without Yeast

Dark American Wheat Beer with Yeast

Dark American Wheat Beer without Yeast

BA Calorie and Carbohydrate Calculator

Step #1

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.

Specific Gravity Plato

Step #2

Utilize these instructions to determine the Real Extract and Calories per 100 ml with the Scandinavian Beer Calculator.


Step #3

Enter results from the Scandinavian Beer Calculator web site.

Nutrition Results

Serving Size Calories
12 oz.
14 oz.
16 oz.
20 oz.
Serving Size Carbohydrates
12 oz.
14 oz.
16 oz.
20 oz.

Laboratory Analysis

To find a supplier visit the Supplier Directory:

  • select Services
  • refine search and select Laboratory Analysis

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.

Questions and Comments

Please direct any questions and comments to technical@brewersassociation.org