Thursday, 17 January, 2019

Local brewers feel effects from government shutdown

How the Shutdown Could Affect Your Beer | NBC 4 New York Local brewers feel effects from government shutdown
Nellie Chapman | 14 January, 2019, 20:25

The breweries can still sell new beers in the state, but they are missing out on out-of-state sales until the shutdown ends. That's a problem for beermakers like Joe Katchever, owner and brewmaster of Pearl Street Brewery in La Crosse, Wis.

Both breweries say they anticipate at least a 45 day wait for label approval even after the government re-opens, as the agency becomes even more backlogged. Craig Purser heads the National Beer Wholesalers Association and says large beer makers in the USA are also anxious about the bureau being furloughed. Called Deux Decadence (a nod to two decades), the stout has been aging in bourbon barrels from Kentucky for a year.

Brewers of craft beer won't be rolling out new beers in bottles or cans.

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

Williams suspects even after the government reopens, there will be delays due to T.T.B. workers playing catch up.

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. "I think about all the spring releases that are going to be coming out soon". "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".

Owners there say they have a lot to look forward to.

"Brewers know that they're going to start at the beginning of the stack and get through them", Gatza said.

The TTB doesn't just handle beer, it oversees all alcohol, including wine.

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

Among the federal employees deemed "non-essential" and otherwise on hiatus during the partial federal government shutdown are those from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, which approves most new beer labels.