On June 5, 2014 the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) issued TTB Ruling 2014-4, exempting from TTB’s formula  and pre-import approval (PIA) submission requirements beer made with dozens ingredients as well as beer subjected to wood aging processes.  TTB now finds these ingredients and processes to be traditionally used in the production of beer.  The Ruling stems from a Brewer’s Association Petition filed with TTB in 2006 with the assistance of McDermott Will & Emery.  As the Ruling explains, TTB initially rejected the petition, but with continued industry interest and additional fact-finding the TTB has reversed its position.  The Ruling includes an attached list of exempted ingredients and processes, as well as examples of acceptable label designations. Materials that brewers (including for imported or PIA beer) can now use without the need for a formula include: Fruits:  Apples, apricots, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, cranberries,...

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