Government Shutdown Impacts Craft Breweries

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"There's a lot of guys that are coming out with new beers literally every week so they're going to have to rely on some of their old staples and just keep producing those". That's because the agency that approves brewery labels can't do its job.

Paul Gatza of the Brewers Association estimates that half of all craft breweries in the US find themselves in the same dilemma.

There are a number of ways the partial government shutdown is affecting businesses throughout the country.

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau is part of the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

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"We can still roll out the beer in draft form", Katchever said.

21, the TTB had received 192,279 label applications since the start of 2018.

Pearl Street is celebrating its 20th anniversary in February, and Katchever's team brewed something special for the big anniversary party.

"We have four labels actually sitting in TTB limbo because of the government shutdown that is going on right now", explained Snyder.

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Paul Gatza, director of the Brewers Association, estimates half of the craft breweries in the USA are in a similar position.

Williams says the shutdown is also delaying the Brick Works Brewing and Eats opening in Long Neck.

Owners there say they have a lot to look forward to. Curt Cameron, the owner of the Thomas Hooker Brewery in Bloomfield and the former president of the Connecticut Brewers Guild said, "If I have beer ready to go to market and I'm ready to print labels I can't do that right now because I can't get that label approved". Otherwise, the beer might just sit in the tanks.

Beer drinkers will not get to sample brand new creations from their favorite breweries during the government shutdown. The work stops. And it really puts the beer industry at a disadvantage as it relates to innovation, as it relates to new products being introduced, new labels being approved.

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