Breweries wishing to sell beer within their home states got a break from TTB as part of the federal government's ongoing efforts to streamline the alcohol beverage label approval process. In a ruling issued on March 27, 2013 the TTB announced that there is no need for them to apply for either a certificate of label approval (COLA) or a certificate of exemption for domestically bottled beer sold solely in the state in which it is bottled. The TTB also reiterated that all beer -- whether sold in interstate commerce or solely in state -- must abide by federal labeling requirements (including the health warning statement).
This rule only applies to malt beverages. Wineries must still apply for a COLA or a certificate of exemption even if their wine is sold solely instate.
The TTBs ruling is available at: http://ttb.gov/rulings/2013-1.pdf
Contact John Trinidad at DP&F with any questions or assistance on COLA matters at firstname.lastname@example.org