BVC - ATF Hard cider classification..
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Sat Oct 17 06:21:16 PDT 1998
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Subject: New ATF definition of Hard Cider and New ATF Cider Tax category
From: Mike Wexler <cmwexlerc at snet.net>
Date: Tue, 13 Oct 1998 12:57:20 -0400
It was just brought to my attention that the US BATF published a
temporary rule in the Federal Register on August 21, 1998 creating a new
definition of Hard Cider and a new tax category for producers of Hard
Cider. I haven't seen this mentioned here, so I though you might like to
know about this. They have maintained the "roadside cider exemption" so
as to not destroy small farmers' tax exempt hard cider production. Their
new definition is for producers who are bonded and pay tax on cider:
Definition of Hard Cider
The statutory language describes "hard cider" eligible for the
new tax rate as "derived primarily from apples or apple concentrate
and water, containing no other fruit product, and containing at least
one-half of 1 percent and less than 7 percent alcohol by volume."
In this temporary rule, ATF defines hard cider as wine derived
primarily from apples or apple concentrate and water (apple juice, or
the equivalent amount of concentrate reconstituted to the original brix
of the juice prior to concentration, must represent more than 50
percent of the volume of the finished product); containing no other
fruit product nor any artificial product which imparts a fruit flavor
other than apple; containing at least one-half of 1 percent and less than
7 percent alcohol by volume; having the taste, aroma, and characteristics
generally attributed to hard cider, and sold or offered for sale as
hard cider and not as a substitute for any other alcohol product.
The full temporary rule can be seen at:
The ATF is asking for comment on this temporary rule and poses two
1. Is the requirement that more than 50 percent of the volume of the
finished product be apple juice or reconstituted apple concentrate
adequate to ensure the product has the characteristics of hard cider?
2. Given the prohibition on fruit flavors other than apple, should wine
treating and sweetening materials derived from other fruit products
(such as citric acid or high fructose liquid sugars) be prohibited in
Your comments must be received by the ATF by October 20, 1998.
Send written comments to: Chief, Regulations Branch, Bureau
of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, PO Box 50221, Washington, DC 20091-
0221, Attention: Notice Number 859.
Also, you can submit comments by filling out the form on the ATF website
You can also FAX comments: "Comments may be submitted by facsimile
transmission (FAX) to (202) 927-8602, provided the comments: (1) Are
legible, (2) are 8-1/2" x 11" in size, (3) contain a written signature,
and (4) are three pages or less in length. This limitation is necessary
to assure reasonable access to the equipment. Comments sent by FAX in
excess of three pages will not be accepted. Receipt of FAX transmittals
will not be acknowledged. Facsimile transmitted comments will be treated
I don't know if there are any commercial cider producers on this list,
but those of us who sometimes purchase and consume commercial cider might
like to make our voices heard, and this is the time to officially do so!
Please note anti-spam e-mail: remove the two c's to respond.
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