Yesterday, the Michigan Liquor Control Commission released MateVeza and several other products from its ban of “Alcohol Energy Drinks.” In their press release, the MLCC stated, “These released products contain caffeine or other ingredients that were not a direct additive to the alcohol product. Therefore they should no longer be considered by the Commission as caffeine or stimulant infused.” In effect, the Michigan Liquor Control Commission has chosen to defer to the FDA’s recent guidelines that prohibit alcoholic beverages with added caffeine without affecting beers brewed with ingredients that naturally contain caffeine.
This is a great development for MateVeza and all craft beer brewed with chocolate, coffee, tea, and yerba mate. As indicated by the Brewers Association’s petition to the FDA to clarify its position on brewing with coffee, chocolate, and tea, there is still work to do. MateVeza will continue to closely monitor the situation and keep you apprised of any new developments.
Thank you for all your support in writing to the Michigan Liquor Control Commission and letting our story be heard. We did not have immediate plans to distribute in Michigan, but perhaps we’ll reconsider…
Founder & President
MateVeza (Mate + Cerveza) markets and sells organic, naturally caffeinated ales brewed with yerba mate, the South American herbal tea. MateVeza was founded in 2006 by homebrewer Jim Woods after he fortuitously followed a sip of freshly brewed yerba mate with a hoppy pale ale in his San Francisco apartment. MateVeza’s award-winning initial release, Yerba Mate Gold, and new Yerba Mate IPA are brewed and bottled in Ukiah, California. MateVeza is USDA certified organic by CCOF. More information about MateVeza is available at www.mateveza.com.
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