The wait for an ok to do a beer label is what caught my attention. I'm not convinced that we really need DC bureaucrats to survive that decision.
Only if the beer is going to cross state lines. Blame the founding fathers for that one.
So how does that work? I remember reading on probrewer that someone wanted to get a kind of generic keg/tap label approved for their brewpub so they could do new styles more quickly, but it was denied. Do you only need TTB approval if you're selling out of state?
Right, you only need to go through the federal labeling approval process (COLA) if you are selling beer out of state. Unless beer is being sold in interstate commerce, the feds have no authority to regulate it. Thanks to the 21st Amendment, the individual states retain exclusive control over alcohol regulation if the alcohol stays within their borders.
Though some states still require COLAs even within state borders.