New Beer Labels On Hold During Government Shutdown

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That means that neither that enthusiastic former home-brewer who was set to launch a new beer label nor your favorite local brewery or distillery can bring new products to market for now.

The TTB is closed right now because of the government shutdown.

- No tax refunds, no Smithsonian museums, no trash pickups in national parks-and now no new craft beer?

"Seems silly to us that we can't actually do what we want to do and provide fresh innovated craft beer to the consumer because somebody in Washington didn't get along", Taylor said. "There's a lot of worry, a lot of uncertainty, and it's really starting to trickle down past just government employees and contractors to ancillary businesses such as coffee shops around government buildings and then trickling all the way down to us as a craft brewery".

"Being based in D.C., we're right in the thick of this, and all our neighbors in the community are really frustrated and getting to the point of anger with this", Cox says. "So you won't be able to release that beer right now".

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

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While they wait, Wilmoth says he's staying positive.

Industry leaders say this backlog of applications is also a concern for large beermakers in the U.S.

That's because workers inside the federal bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms have been furloughed. Otherwise, the beer might just sit in the tanks.

KIRWAN: So hard that it could easily start to affect the bottom line as breweries across the country worry about what to do with all of their craft beer if they can't bottle and sell it.

CRAIG PURSER: Doesn't matter what the size of the company is when nobody's answering the phone.

How is the Government shutdown affecting brewers in CT and around the country? For NPR News, I'm Hope Kirwan in La Crosse.

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