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fallenpegasus
Dear Lazyweb. Beer proof?
Do they not have to print the proof if it's not distilled?

I'm looking at this bottle of "St Peter's Old-Style Porter", and there isn't a proof number of %alc to be found anywhere on it...

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blackcoat From: blackcoat Date: October 23rd, 2007 08:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Correct.

Beer is not taxed per alcohol volume, but just per volume, distilled liquor is taxed per 100 proof gallon.
From: volta Date: October 23rd, 2007 08:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
There is no requirement to label beer with alcohol content unless alcohol was added, or if a specific state law requires such a label.

Labeling Requirements for Malt Beverages: § 7.22 Mandatory label information.
and
Interim Regulations for Alcoholic Content Statements: § 7.71 Alcoholic content.
timill From: timill Date: October 23rd, 2007 09:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Buy some more here

Answer: 5.1% ABV
From: vatine Date: October 23rd, 2007 10:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
In Sweden all alcoholic products must be labelled with alcohol content (can't recall of it's %vol or %wgt, it changed in the 90s). I believe beer in the UK must likewise be labelled (it's probably an EU regulation to that effect). However, I suspect St Peter's (if it is the same St Peters) do special labelling for the NAFTA market and skip anything they don't need to print.
zsero From: zsero Date: October 23rd, 2007 10:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
I believe that until recently it was illegal in the USA to print the alcohol content of beer on the label. Stupid FDA regs or something - whatever is not mandatory is prohibited, sort of thing.
mauser From: mauser Date: October 24th, 2007 07:15 am (UTC) (Link)
Somewhere I have a link to a page "Abuses of the BATF" which was mainly about BATF agents stomping on peoples cats and such while searching for illegal guns in the wrong house, but amid the many cites, there was an Oregon brewery that got stomped on for having the audacity to print nutritional information on the label. The BATF claimed that doing so was "Making a health claim about an Alcoholic Beverage" and fined and sued them almost out of existence. But since they survived, the BATF started pressuring them over things like color drift in the ink colors on the labels, claiming that the labels were no longer approved.
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