As shared by the TTB and our friends at the Virginia Distillers Association, see below for information at the TTB’s new rulemaking about oak barrels. Our Gov Affairs Committee has begun discussing and feels it’s rather detrimental to our startups. They wanted to hear member comments as we begin crafting a response to the TTB.
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Synopsis: TTB proposes to define the term “oak barrel,” which is used with regard to the storage of certain bulk spirits. TTB and its predecessor agencies have traditionally considered a “new oak container,” as used in the current regulations, to refer to a standard whiskey barrel of approximately 50 gallons capacity. Accordingly, TTB proposes to define an oak barrel as a “cylindrical oak drum of approximately 50 gallons capacity used to age bulk spirits.” However, TTB seeks comment on whether smaller barrels or non-cylindrical shaped barrels should be acceptable for storing distilled spirits where the standard of identity requires storage in oak barrels.
- TTB is accepting comments on the proposal through March 26, 2019.
- The actual TTB proposed rule document.
- Whiskey Systems has done a good job of summarizing here.
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