« on: April 14, 2010, 10:56:16 AM »
Are the federal laws the same across the US? Have you found that you are jumping through more hoops with the TTB or State and District groups? TTB requirements are the same regardless of which state you are in, correct?
TTB is the same across the nation. All they care about is collecting their money and they want to make sure they understand your output so that you aren't going to fudge any #s. The reason it takes so long or can be so difficult is because, simply, they can.
Our local regulations are pretty strict. There are some laws on the books that are unbelievably stupid. For instance, if you want to open a brew pub in Alabama it has to be on a location that once produced beer legally before. Which is why there are only 3 operating brew pubs in Alabama.
We are trying to change some of these antiquated laws now through the Free The Hops organization.
I can't tell you exactly how much more difficult the local officials are going to be because we just started dealing with this stuff. We are using an architect to design the layout of the brewery to fend of changes from the Health Dept. and Building Inspector. Not cheap, but worth it in the long run.