What is the Alcohol and Tobacco Trade and Tax Bureau (TTB)?

Minneapolis Minnesota brewery and distillery attorney Jeff O’Brien discusses the TTB, the federal organization in charge of licensing breweries and distilleries.

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The TTB is the colloquial name for the Alcohol Tobacco Tax and Trade Board. It’s the federal licensing entity and regulatory entity that oversees all of the liquor law – the liquor production in the country. So they regulate breweries, distilleries, and wineries. You have to get your license through them in order to legally make and sell product to the public. You have to get your labels approved through them. There are certain requirements they have as to ingredients you can put into your products. And you have to – they collect the taxes. There’s excise taxes that have to be paid on – by the manufacturer of beer and distilled liquor and wine. And the TTB is responsible for collecting those.