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Craft beer production stalls with government shutdown

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The partial federal government shutdown, now in its 10th day Thursday, impacts many aspects of daily life, including some less obvious ways.

It could soon affect business for America’s Craft Brewers.

Places like the Blackstone Restaurant and brewery in Nashville will still offer beer, but the agency that approves new breweries, recipes and labels has shut down.

That could cause huge delays in the rapidly growing craft brewing industry, whose customers look forward to new seasonal beers. If there is any silver hops to be found in the pint glass, it would be that the shutdown at least came after the pumpkin and Oktoberfest beer season.

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, or TTB, is a little-known arm of the treasury department.

Brewers say the TTB normally takes about 75 days to act on applications, now they expect that wait to be much longer.

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1 Comment

  • Pj Seay

    what the story doesn’t say is that this is an issue with new brands looking for federal label approval via the TTB. there is no issue with breweries continuing to produce the brands that they already have label approval for. other wise, everything else, such as COLA, is a state level thing and unaffected by the shutdown.
    also, the feds are continuing to take the federal excise tax from the breweries for production, that’s something like $9 per barrel of beer made on the fed level… they just apparently are unable to cash the checks until things start back up,

    beer,wine and booze is not stopping because of the shut down, but some breweries that are in start up mode will most likely be delayed

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