Guide To Filing Your Brewer's Notice With The TTB  

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 Jeff
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If you are getting ready to apply for your Brewer's Notice, there are various steps in the process and things you'll want to consider.

Step 1: Who or What Is The Brewer's Notice Applicant?

First things first, who or what is applying for this Brewer's Notice (form TTB F 513010)? That is, what legal entity? Are you filing as a sole proprietor, LLC, partnership, or corporation? This first step is an important one. Most small breweries decide to operate under the LLC entity type (we do!) specifically for liability reasons. However, before you dive right in and decide to pay your Secretary of State $XXX for an LLC License, it's important to consider your cost obligations. For instance, the Great State of California has a specific tax just for LLCs. It starts at $800 per year and can quickly rise into the 10s of thousands of dollars based on company sales. 

Filing for an LLC is pretty simplistic, and doing it yourself can save hundreds of dollars. I highly recommend using legal zoom to generate the required paperwork you'll need to file. They're very cost effective and 99% of the benefits an attorney would for a fraction of the price. They also do Trademarks!

Step 2: Make Sure You've Met All Requirements

The TTB requires prospective brewing operations to provide the following information:

  • Brewer's Notice
  • Brewer's Bond (if producing more than 7,143 barrels)
  • Surety company representative Power of Attorney (if Brewer's Bond was required)
  • Layout of brewery premises
  • Description of brewery premises
  • Personnel Questionnaire
  • Environmental Information
  • Supplemental Information on Water Conditions
  • Statement describing the security at the brewery
  • Copy of ownership documents for the brewery premises or valid lease agreement
  • Trade name registration
  • Source of funding
  • Photocopy of driver's license for primary contact person
  • Signature Authorization

If filing as a corporation, you'll also need to provide:

  • Copy of Articles of Incorporation
  • Copy of Bylaws
  • Copy of Certificate of Incorporation executed by an officer of the state in which incorporated
  • List showing names and addresses of officers, directors, and anyone hold more than 10 percent or more of stock

If filing as an LLC, you'll also need to provide:

  • Copy of Articles of Organization
  • Copy of Operation Agreement
  • Copy of Certificate of Organization executed by an officer of the state in which organized
  • List showing names, addresses, and percentage interest of all managers and members

If filing as a partnership, you'll also need to provide:

  • Copy of Partnership Agreement
  • Copy of Certificate of partnership where required to be filed by any State, county, or municipality
  • List showing names, addresses, and percentage of all managers and members

Official Brewery/Brewpub Count: 74

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Posted : 15/07/2019 5:34 am
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