US: Craft brewers hail new ingredients rules
The new ruling will save brewers time
A trade group boss has branded a ruling on brewing ingredients by US tax authorities as a "huge victory" for craft beer producers.
The US Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) has exempted 30 new fruits and spices from having to be listed during formula submissions for new brews. Paul Gatza, the Brewers Association's director, said the ruling is “great news” because the listed ingredients will “no longer require the time and paperwork” when applying for a TTB certificate.
“I see this ruling as a huge victory for craft brewers," he added.
The ruling also exempts brewers from requiring TTB approval for wood barrels that were previously used for wine or spirits. Brewers must clearly identify the exempt ingredients on the label or as part of a name, Gatza said.
In April, the trade body attempted to raise public awareness of “unfair” US laws that, it claims, allow wholesalers to curb the distribution of craft beer brands.
For a list of the 30 newly-exempt ingredients, click here.
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