TTB Beer

Navigating the Production of TTB Beverages

TTB BeerSummer has arrived and your customers are enjoying your delicious beverages. You may be thinking that it is time to diversify beverage options by adding something new for the fall.  Getting the flavors just right can be a challenge, and having the added hurdle of maneuvering the system to get your drinks Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) approved can be intimidating for first time producers.  This is not a complete guide to getting a beverage TTB approved, but with over 100 years of experience in the food and beverage industry, we are here to help your business.  There are additional resources on the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau website as well as on the Brewers Association Website.

What Beverages Need to be TTB Approved?

If you are producing non-alcoholic beverages, you can breathe a sigh of relief.  Sodas and other non-alcoholic beverages do not require that flavored products be TTB approved.  Keep in mind that drinks and other flavored products do need to comply with all necessary industry standards and labeling requirements, but you will not have to worry about meeting TTB guidelines.

If your business is producing an alcoholic beverage, it is important to make sure that you follow the TTB guidelines for the production of alcohol.  Both beer and distilled spirits are required to file a permit in order to begin producing a new flavored beverage.  There is no fee to apply for a permit and wait for approval before brewing or distilling; it is crucial to do so in order to comply with TTB Regulation. This process can take anywhere from a few weeks to a over month to complete.

TTB Regulations

Following through on the TTB regulations is another important part of getting your beverage to be TTB approved.  Make sure that your product is in compliance with the requirements set forth by the TTB and that you have the equipment necessary to produce your beverages correctly.

One of the most crucial aspects to making a beverage TTB approved is using a TTB approved flavoring.  While natural flavorings give a great amount of flavor and ease to the production of beverages, using a synthetically produced flavoring gives you the consistency needed to keep winning your customers back.  At Northwestern Extract we offer more than 50 different TTB approved flavors, each of which are designed to give great flavor in your finished beverages.

TTB Approval and Beer Products

Once you have finished production of your flavored drink or other flavored product it is important to make sure that the labels accurately reflect the flavorings used and that you are in compliance with all of the TTB labeling guidelines for beer and for beverages with malt claims or for any other beverage that you may make this summer.

By making sure that products are TTB approved you can open brewing and distilling lines to the possibility of exploring a new market.  Becoming TTB approved is not as strenuous as it may seem, and we can help find the right flavors to push your product to the top of customer’s favorites list.  Give us a call today and we can walk you through many question you might have regarding getting TTB approved.


Distilled Drink Flavoring

Whiskey FlavorWhile beer may be the go-to drink for most Americans, it is hard to deny that America has a history with distilled drinks that is as old as the country itself. Whiskey is an American tradition that stretches back to our founding fathers. In recent years, distilled drinks have begun to make a comeback in popularity among all demographics with over one hundred craft distilleries popping up to satisfy the market need.

With the increased demand in distilled drinks, there has also been a rise in the number of craft distilleries offering not-traditional flavored spirits. While whiskey was historically flavored to cover any impurities, distillers are now adding flavors to help their drinks stand out above the rest. At Northwestern Extract we have the TTB flavorings you need in order to make a real name for yourself with your distilled drinks.

Big players like Jim Beam and Jack Daniels have jumped on the flavor train by rolling out delicious whiskies like spiced cinnamon, black cherry, maple and pumpkin spice. With the popularity of cinnamon and experimenting with some heat there are increased opportunities to make your whiskey unique. Adding a darker, woody flavor can help enhance the natural flavors and allow your drink stand out. Apple, blackberry, maple, ginger, and honey have also proven to be popular flavored whiskeys. Talk with one of our whiskey specialists who can help bring your craft whiskey to a whole new level.

In addition to whiskey, the popularity of vodka based mixed drinks has opened up the market for adding flavor to your vodkas. Who doesn’t love vodka that tastes like cotton candy, apple pie, coffee and even bacon, yum!! Berry and floral flavors work well in a vodka as do specialty flavors such as birthday cake or licorice. Toasted coconut, orange, grapefruit, and even spicier flavors are becoming popular ways to enhance vodka. We have a wide selection of flavors that can help you bring your craft vodka into the spotlight.

Our flavor experts have the expertise to know which Natural, Non-GMO, Kosher-compliant, Allergen-free, Organic-certified, Gluten-free, TTB, WONF flavorings will make your next batch your best batch. We are eager to help you create that next great exotic flavor for your spirits! Let your creative juices flow by trying our toasted coconut, cheesecake, sweet apple, prickly pear, marshmallow concoctions (just to name a few), or check out our large selection of flavored extracts ready to go. Got a new taste in mind…let us create a flavor just for you!

Contact us at 1-800-466-3034 or fill out our Request a Sample on online.