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GOING FLAT: Shutdown Affects Craft Brewers


The federal government shutdown is having a wide impact that’s extending to a popular pastime.

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau must approve the ingredients and labels of all new beers before they go on sale.

Typically, new brews are approved within a week, but with the paper work piling up in Washington, it will likely take much longer.

The delay only impacts breweries that package beer for sale outside of their facilities.

Millstream Brewing Company in Amana says it’s introducing a new beer for February.

The owner told Channel 13 she’s hurrying to get the paperwork done because she knows it will take longer to get approval once the government re-opens.


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