The United States federal government shutdown is nearly one month in our history, and we finally have some clarity regarding the shutdown’s effect on TTB permit application processing times. On February 21, 2019, the TTB updated its website listing the average number of days it takes to process TTB original permit applications. » Read More
Relax. You may not always need a COLA to register your brand in New Jersey.
In a prior post, we talked about the need to obtain a COLA for New Jersey brand registration per New Jersey regulations, even if the brand is sold intrastate only, or just in your taproom (and therefore would not require a COLA under federal law). » Read More
In prior posts, we discussed whether federal Certificate of Label Approval (“COLA”) approval was necessary to obtain state label approval in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, even if the product is sold exclusively in your state. We also discussed when the use of certain ingredients in beer triggers the need for formula approval. » Read More
Hard cider (or alcoholic cider as it is commonly called) has been around for centuries, especially in Pennsylvania. Being home to many apple orchards, Pennsylvania is starting to see numerous cideries (like a brewery, but for hard cider) popping up anywhere from apple orchards and farms to urban centers. » Read More
Effective January 1, 2018, the Pa.L.C.B. is only requiring a COLA to be obtained from the TTB, and filed with the Office of Malt Beverage Compliance, for brand registration if the brands will be sold to licensees, including restaurants, hotels, distributors, clubs and other manufacturers. » Read More
Each year the TTB conducts its Alcohol Beverage Sampling Program where it randomly purchases products to assess whether their labels comply with federal regulations and to test whether their contents comply with the information identified on the label (e.g. that the beer in a bottle labeled as 5.0% ABV is within the applicable tolerance, which is generally ± .3% ABV for beer). » Read More
TTB label approval is generally required only when an alcoholic beverage is going to cross state lines (see 27 C.F.R. §7.20). Meanwhile, the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) requires that all brands sold in New Jersey be registered with the ABC (see N.J.S.A. » Read More