LABELING OF MALT BEVERAGES FOR SALE IN WASHINGTON STATE.
Brewers, and others concerned:
Purpose. The purpose of this Circular is to inform brewers that the laws
of the State of Washington have been amended to eliminate the requirement that
an alcoholic content statement must appear on the labels of malt beverages sold
in that State.
Background. The laws of the State of Washington previously required all
malt beverages to be labeled to show the maximum alcoholic content. Effective
February 21, 1961, however, the laws of that State were amended to delete this
The Federal Alcohol Administration Act (27 U.S.C. 205(e)) and Section
7.26 of 27 CFR Part 7 provide that the alcoholic content of malt beverages
shall not be stated on labels unless required by state law. Accordingly, since
the laws of the State of Washington no longer require an alcoholic content
statement, alcoholic content statements are prohibited by Federal law and regu-
lations on labels of malt beverages shipped into that State.
Conclusion. In order to permit an orderly transition to new labels, present
stocks of labels for malt beverages bearing alcoholic content statements in the
manner previously required under Washington law may be used on containers shipped
into Washington until May 1, 1962. After such date, statements of alcoholic
content should be omitted from all labels affixed to containers filled for ship-
ment into the State of Washington.
Inquiries. Correspondence in regard to this industry circular should refer
to its number and be addressed to the Director, Alcohol and Tobacco Tax (CP:AT:B),
Washington 25, D. C.
Dwight E. Avis
Director, Alcohol and Tobacco Tax Division