To Brewers and others Concerned:
Industry Circular No. 70-35 advised you of the proposed changes in
the beer regulations which would require brewers to test their own beer
meters. Treasury Decision 7091 makes the proposed changes effective
May 1, 1971. Much concern has been expressed by some brewers that, because
of their remote location and lack of personnel qualified to make meter tests
and adjustments, the proposed regulations might result in a hardship to
When we prepared our proposal we recognized that requiring brewers to
have their meters tested by State or local authorities, might be a hardship
for some brewers. Accordingly, the regulations provide that Assistant
Regional Commissioners may approve procedures tailored to individual brewery
requirements. Thus, you could be authorized to test your meters by use of
an accurately calibrated tank instead of by comparison with a test meter or
other device. This tank, commonly designated as a prover tank, could be one
of your existing bottling or cellar tanks which, of course, could be used
for regular brewery operations when it was not being used for testing purposes.
Also, your employees could make these tests.
We will do everything possible to assure your making the transition
without involving substantial additional expense to you. To this end, for
those of you who have a problem because there is no one in your locality or
in your brewery who is able to conduct the necessary tests, we will furnish
assistance in training your employees to make the tests, including the use
of master meters in calibrating prover tanks. In an emergency situation, we
will for a short period of time, so long as our master meters are available,
make the meter tests.
Instructions are being issued to your Assistant Regional Commissioner,
Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, directing him to provide you with such advice
and assistance in installing testing procedures. Therefore, you should
contact him immediately if you have any difficulty in establishing your
meter tests procedures in order that he may arrange assistance for you.
Rex D. Davis,
Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Division