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New Bottled Brews Delayed By Government Shutdown

14 January 2019

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

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

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

"If we wanted to release that out to say OH or New Jersey or Maryland or Pennsylvania we can't get that approved right now to do that", he tells WRDE. That breaks down to over 3,000 applications coming in every week.

"We are pushed to innovate constantly, and right now we probably have 12 to 15 beers that are on hold because of the shutdown", said Dave Taylor, marketing director for Oskar Blues.

"We can still roll out the beer in draft form", Katchever said. That's a problem for beermakers like Joe Katchever, owner and brewmaster of Pearl Street Brewery in La Crosse, Wis. I think about all the spring releases that are going to be coming out soon.

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Hooker won't mass produce the beers it needs approval on just yet. "This government shutdown sort of puts a damper on that because we can't come out with new products because we can't get the labels approved".

While they wait, Wilmoth says he's staying positive. "So the opportunity cost of what's sitting in that tank, we're not able to send it out and we're not able to fill that tank back up with another beer".

The TTB is one arm of the US government that is crippled right now amidst President Trump's ongoing partial government shutdown, which on Friday tied for the longest shutdown ever at 21 days.

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

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. As a result, Washington, D.C., craft brewer Atlas Brew Works can't distribute its new apricot I.P.A., "The Precious One".

New Bottled Brews Delayed By Government Shutdown