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GOING FLAT: Shutdown Affects Craft Brewers

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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.


  • Josi Creek

    Oh no no … I don’t think they are doing it right.. because see, the united states government is shut down not the american people. If they aren’t working, it means they see no oversight “necessary” States need to step in , hire some local people with training to so the inspections within guidelines, and keep the economy moving. This is why. 1. We pay them for services they are no longer rendering, so technically we owe them on services they are not providing, and they would actually be liable for the states bill for private inspectors.

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