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    help for new brewery

    looking for help to navigate the initial ttb process for approval for a new brewery. How is this done and what do info do I need to minimally give them to approve my beer?

    Also, we plan on brewing gruit as some of our beers. I recall reading something about needing fda approval for beer without hops. How is this done?

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    Here is a very helpful link, and a great place to start. When it comes to the TTB there is no minimum on what they need. They are very clear on exactly what is needed to get your permits and what brews and labels need to be submitted for approval. Are you planning on selling out of state? The TTB will not approve a Gruit for a brewery. But if it is not going out of state you may not need their approval.

    https://www.ttb.gov/beer/brewers-notice.shtml
    Joel Halbleib
    COO / Zymurgist
    Goodwood Brewing Co
    636 East Main St
    Louisville, KY
    goodwood.beer

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    re: BrewinLou

    but is the ttb the only government agency that is able to approve the production of alcoholic beverages by a brewery? I can't find it now but I recall reading something about fda approval for beer without hops. How would I go about getting that if possible?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LaserKyle View Post
    but is the ttb the only government agency that is able to approve the production of alcoholic beverages by a brewery? I can't find it now but I recall reading something about fda approval for beer without hops. How would I go about getting that if possible?
    LaserKyle,
    I would start by calling the TTB directly as well as your state's alcohol control board. Most states (and the Feds, I believe) have a very distinct definition of "beer": fermentated beverage made with cereal grains, water, hops, and yeast. One must use a certain minimum ratio of hops per gallon to be considered beer. I know in Montana, I am not allowed to brew gruit, cider, mead, etc. as I have a "Brewers License" that allows for the manufacture of only "beer".
    You will need approval from the TTB and from your state prior to producing and selling beers.

    Prost!
    Dave
    Glacier Brewing Company
    406-883-2595
    glacierbrewing@bresnan.net

    "who said what now?"

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