Finally, we have something to talk about other than all the fine products that we have available for purchase in our very own online store! Well... sort of. We finally heard from the TTB! The TTB, for those of you don't know, is the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (formerly known as the ATF), and they're in charge of taking some of our money every time we make beer! It's a little more complicated than that, though - they're also in charge of making sure our brewery is fit to brew in, issuing our license, approving/rejecting beer formulas, and approving/rejecting beer labels*. It's been a while since we last heard from them, but considering the huge range of stuff the TTB does, we won't take it too personally (not that we have a choice).
On a completely related note, we got our finger bones on a fancypants branding iron.
Now that we've stopped giddily jumping up and down about the fact that the TTB noticed us, it's worth mentioning that they only contacted us to request a couple specific pieces of information. But hopefully that's all they need and once we collect our data and send it over, they'll approve our permit! Or, just as likely, this is the beginning of a months-long back-and-forth that will have us answering slight rephrasings of the same few questions endlessly! I believe I've used the phrase "whirlwind of excitement" to describe this sort of thing before, and I think it still fits.
*You might be wondering why, since their duties are kinda all over the place, there aren't separate agencies that handle all those different tasks. There are! That list includes the IRS, the FDA, OSHA, the health department, the DOR, the town building department, and the ABCC. But don't worry, we've got to follow all their rules too (many of those rules also center around how much money we are to give them, and when).
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