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August 13, 2021


Greetings! This week we’re highlighting tips for avoiding the top 3 errors we see on beer/malt beverage labels, and announcing 2 student intern opportunities at TTB.

Graphic of a beer.



If you want to speed up the label approval process for your malt beverages, pay close attention to these common missteps and follow these tips:

  1. Incorrect class/type designation on formula-exempt products. TTB Ruling 2015-1 exempts from formula approval malt beverages made with certain ingredients and processes (See Attachment 1). The ruling states that the label for such products must include a class/type designation that is in accordance with trade understanding of the product. Such designations must include the base product, such as “malt beverage,” “beer,” “ale,” etc., together with a modifier or explanation that provides the consumer with adequate information about the fruit, spice, honey, or other food ingredient used in the beer.

    Tip: For information on the proper way to designate formula-exempt products, review Attachment 2 for examples of adequate and inadequate class/type designations.

  2. Formula Approval is required. TTB regulations and guidance require formula approval for certain beers/malt beverages. When we require a formula approval, you must obtain it before you apply for label approval.

    Tip: If you don’t know if your product requires TTB formula approval, use our online tool, Which Alcohol Beverages Require Formula Approval?, or review TTB G 2016-1A.

  3. Net contents stated incorrectly. TTB regulations include specific requirements for how the mandatory net contents statement must appear on your label. For example, the net contents must be stated in standard U.S. measure but the equivalent metric measure may also be stated.

    Tip: Use this chart to determine the correct format for your net contents statements:

Beer/Malt Beverage Net Contents Statements

If the container size is:

Then the net contents must be shown in:


If the fluid ounces are:

Then the net contents statement must be:

Less than 1 pint

Fluid ounces or fractions of a pint

8 ounces

8 fluid ounces (fl. oz.) or
½ pint (pt.) or
0.5 pint (pt.)

1 pint


16 ounces

1 pint (pt.)

More than 1 pint but less than 1 quart

Pints and fluid ounces or fractions of a quart

20 ounces

1 pint (pt.), 4 fluid ounces (fl. oz.) or
5/8 quart (qt.) or
0.63 quart (qt.)

1 quart


32 ounces

1 quart (qt.)

More than 1 quart but less than 1 gallon

Quarts, pints and fluid ounces or fractions of a gallon

60 ounces

1 quart (qt.), 1 pint (pt.), 12 fluid
ounces (fl. oz.) or
15/32 gallon (gal.) or
0.47 gallon (gal.)

1 gallon


128 ounces

1 gallon (gal.)

More than 1 gallon

Gallons and fractions of gallons

166 ounces

1 ¼ gallons (gals.) or
1.25 gallons (gals.)

Note: Here’s an opportunity to learn more! We will present our TTB Bootcamp for Brewers at the Craft Brewers Conference on Thursday, September 9, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. MT.


We are looking to hire students in the Washington, D.C. area for 2 full-time or part-time internships in our Office of Headquarters Operations.

If you are seeking a technical, bachelor’s, or master’s degree, possess outstanding communication skills, and want an opportunity to challenge your team-building skills, this opportunity is for you.

For more information about this internship opportunity, view the vacancy announcement: 21-TTB-69-X


Student Trainee (Program Analyst) (2)


Washington, DC

Pay Scale & Grade

GS 07


$49,157 to $63,906 per year

Application Deadline

August 16, 2021

This internship is offered through the Federal Government’s Pathways Internship Program, which combines a temporary opportunity to earn a competitive salary while learning about federal service. Interns gain valuable, resume-building work experience and opportunities to foster networking relationships.


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