TTB approved this label July 18, 2017. There are very few other TTB labels that mention CANNABIS and SATIVA. Perhaps this product has hemp seeds, along the lines of this 2014 label approval. Then again, perhaps the Lithuanian product merely tastes like hemp or cannabis, as a literal reading of the label would suggest. Though I see a few signs of cannabis and hemp, in recent approvals, I am not seeing any that mention CBD (aka, cannabidiol). CBD is one of many cannabinoids in cannabis; it is usually viewed as not intoxicating, though it may have various other impacts on brain function. This April 20, 2017 article does a good job of explaining about the barriers to seeing CBD in an alcohol beverage product, or on the label. Although Dad and Dudes ("D&D," the Colorado brewer) probably wanted to market something along the lines shown in the photo above, the actual federal...Continue Reading Leave a Comment
Nutritious, Vitamin Wine
This deftly navigates the differences between FDA and TTB rules. If it had a little more alcohol, or a different type of alcohol, at least these 5 noted things probably would not fly. So far as we know, TTB does not allow electrolyte references on alcohol beverage labels. Nor does TTB allow vitamin references. From time to time in the past TTB has frowned upon prominent refresh claims on the grounds that they may imply therapeutic value. As of this writing it does not appear that TTB is ok with GMO claims. Finally, I would bet money against TTB allowing this term (nutritious). All these claims are possible, and not suicidal, because the product is wine based, and under 7% alc./vol., such that FDA has full control over the labeling, while TTB retains control of the taxation and formula. The front label mentions that it's a wine specialty, as here....Continue Reading Leave a Comment
Who Wore R&R Better?
LabelVision shows about 71 Rock & Rye products approved over the last 17 years. These three really stand out, as bold designs. The first is Mister Katz's, from NY Distilling, of Brooklyn. The second is Hochstadter's Slow & Low, from Jacquin, of Philadelphia. The third is from Driftless Glen, of Wisconsin. TTB prefers Rock & Ryes made precisely this way as per 27 CFR 5.22: (3) “Rock and rye”, “rock and bourbon”, “rock and brandy”, “rock and rum” are liqueurs, bottled at not less than 48° proof, in which, in the case of rock and rye and rock and bourbon, not less than 51 percent, on a proof gallon basis, of the distilled spirits used are, respectively, rye or bourbon whisky, straight rye or straight bourbon whisky, or whisky distilled from a rye or bourbon mash, and, in the case of rock and brandy and rock and rum, the distilled spirits used...Continue Reading Leave a Comment
Find out more about how TTB and federal agencies really work, in this discussion with Art Libertucci, from the Summer 2017 issue of Artisan Spirit magazine. Art ran TTB for many years, and had a long career in ATF before that. He has a huge amount of experience when it comes to alcohol beverages, rules, taxes, Washington, and so on. Here as an excerpt, where Art describes the beginning of this journey. I started my government career as an Inspector for the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax Division of the IRS. At that time, neither ATF nor TTB existed as separate bureaus. The regulation of alcohol and tobacco products and their taxation were the responsibility of the IRS. I applied for the job after a friend told me about how he was taking an exam for jobs in the federal government. I had been drafted back then in 1969 (I was...Continue Reading Leave a Comment
Vive la révolution
Well, we may have only one retailer in the near future -- AmazonWholeFoods. But we sure have a lot of beer to choose from. This jumped out at me when looking at beer approvals from a recent 10 day period in 2017. I saw no less than 720 new brands/approvals -- just for beer -- in this small and recent time period. Most of them seem like just about the opposite of Budweiser and Coors. 10 days in June, 2017 10 days in June, 2007 By contrast, I looked at the same 10 day period, 10 years prior. The landscape is altogether different. In the 2007 period I see a relatively puny 175 approvals. The overwhelming preponderance of those labels are from big or very big companies: Miller, A-B, Sam Adams.* In the 2017 period I see almost no mega-brews. If this is not a revolution, it seems to be...Continue Reading Leave a Comment