Manufacture and Use of Liquor Bottles
made of Aluminum, Tinplate, Tinfree
Steel and Similar Metals
Proprietors of Distilled Spirits Plants,
Manufacturers of Liquor Bottles,
and Others Concerned:
This is to inform you that a Revenue Ruling has been approved and will
soon be published authorizing the use of liquor bottles made of aluminum,
tinplate, tinfree steel and similar metals for the packaging of any distilled
spirits. The ruling will read substantially as follows:
The Director, Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Division
has ruled that aluminum, tinplate, tinfree steel and similar
metals are suitable materials (under prescribed conditions)
for the manufacture of "liquor bottles." Accordingly, bottle
manufacturers who have properly qualified under the provisions of 26 CFR Part 173 may manufacture "liquor bottles" of
such materials subject to the following requirements:
1. The construction shall be rigid.
2. The seams, if any, shall be sealed with a sealant
meeting Food and Drug Administration requirements.
3. The lining, if any, and any other surfaces exposed
to the contents of such liquor bottles shall consist
of a material which meets the requirements of the
Food and Drug Administration.
4. The indicia required by 26 CFR 173.33 shall be
marked on such liquor bottles having a capacity of
½ pint or more. Such indicia may be applied by
lithographing or by embossing.
Distilled spirits plant proprietors who desire to package liqueurs,
cocktails, or other specialties in containers made of aluminum, tinplate,
tinfree steel and similar metals of a capacity in excess of 8 ounces, or
such proprietors who desire to use liquor bottles of any size made of such
materials for other than liqueurs, cocktails, or other specialties shall submit an application to the Director, Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms
Division, Internal Revenue Service, Washington, D. C. 20224, in triplicate
for authority to use such bottles. The application shall state the size of
the liquor bottle and kind of spirits for which it will be used, and shall
be accompanied by a specimen, with label attached, of the liquor bottle and
a photograph of such bottle. An application is not required from those
proprietors desiring to use liquor bottles meeting the above specified conditions made of aluminum, tinplate, tinfree steel and similar metals of a
capacity not in excess of 8 ounces for the packaging of liqueurs, cocktails,
or other specialties.
Any inquiries regarding this circular should refer to its number and
be addressed to the Director, Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Division, Internal
Revenue Service, Washington, D. C. 20224, Attention: CP:AT:P.
Harold A. Serr,
Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Division