TTB Bootcamp for Brewers

Craft Brewers Conference 2023
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Speakers: Jessica Brust, Janelle Christian, Kelly Downs, Kaori Flores, Amanda Frazier, Kelly Sparks

The TTB Bootcamp for Brewers is a series of five sessions designed to give both new and established brewers explanations of Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) requirements, as well as tips for how to avoid common pitfalls.

Introduction to TTB Bootcamp: The Basics

This introductory session will cover:

  • An overview of the TTB and the functions we perform that are relevant to brewers
  • The TTB laws and regulations that apply to brewers

Brewers Notices (Permits)

This introductory session will cover the highlights of TTB Brewer’s Notices (brewery permits).

Taxes, Returns, and Operational Reports

In this session, we’ll cover what you need to know about federal beer excise taxes, including calculating how much tax you owe, filing your tax returns, and completing brewery operational reports. We’ll also include some tips on how to avoid problems that might negatively impact how much tax you owe.

Formulas

Some beers require TTB formula approval, and in this session you’ll learn how the ingredients and processes you use to make your beer impact whether or not you’ll need it. We’ll cover how to determine if your product requires a formula (and which kinds have been exempted from formula approval), and how to apply for formula approval. We’ll go over the information and supporting documents you need to include when you apply for formula approval, and tips on how to submit a formula that we can evaluate without having to come back to you for additional information. We’ll also include the latest on using hemp ingredients.

Labels

The primary purpose of TTB labeling requirements is to make sure consumers get adequate information about what they are purchasing and are not misled about its age, origin, or identity. To that end, beer labels must include certain information based on how they are formulated and where they will be sold. This session will cover all of the mandatory labeling information for beers and malt beverages as outlined in the labeling regulations and the relevant TTB rulings. We’ll also tell you the top label and application errors that we see and give you tips on how to avoid them!

Advertising

Although advertisements don’t require TTB pre-approval, they are subject to TTB advertising regulations. In this final bootcamp session, we’ll cover what constitutes “advertising,” mandatory information, prohibited practices, and health-related statements. We’ll also give you tips to know when the use of social media and influencers is considered advertising, and cover the basics of how to stay compliant when using them.

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