Caffeinated Beer Banned in California

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​Beer shelves have been less loko ever since the FDA cracked down last year, but a new law signed on Monday by Gov. Jerry Brown makes caffeinated beer an even further memory. 

Starting Jan. 1, California companies will no longer be able to produce or sell "beer to which caffeine has been directly added as a separate ingredient." (Beer brewed with coffee or other naturally caffeinated ingredients is okay.) 

The bill, SB 39, written by Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima), comes in response to incidents around the country where teens got messed up on the infamous Four Loko and ended up in the ER. (One New York hospital reported 11 Loko-related cases in the span of four months!)    

For college kids, it looks like it's back to good, old-fashioned Jägerbombs. 

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How long before someone gets around this by inventing a cap or bottling process that (like the Guiness famed Rocket Widget), releases or adds caffeine to the product once it's opened?

Phil Nigash
Phil Nigash

I was under the impression that all caffeinated beer products were snagged in the net of the FDA nationwide. Moonshot 69 (from Rhonda Kallman of Samuel Adams) eventually went off the market entirely last year.  Without FDA approval, I don't see how anyone can manufacture and market a product like this anywhere in the US. Signing a bill making it illegal in California seems like they're tossing more dirt on a casket that's already been buried.

Bill Mabie
Bill Mabie

Prior to the governor's signature on SB 39, there was nothing to prevent past or FUTURE manufacturers from adding caffeine - other than bad press and an FDA warning letter about "possible" action. Just because manufacturers backed off (some more quickly than others) did not guarantee that they or someone else wouldn't try to introduce a new product and seize a market opportunity. The Governor's signature of the Senator's bill codifies an explicit ban on these beverages, effectively eliminating this possibility.

Thaliathrasher
Thaliathrasher

Cause you can't buy red bull and mix it with anything, it's literally impossible to do

Dave Lieberman
Dave Lieberman

Yes, Phil, but if they don't vote against it they'll look like they're not doing anyth... ohhhhhhhh, I get it!

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