Craft brewers boiling over government shutdown

Craft brewers boiling over government shutdown
(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

SEATTLE - The craft beer industry is starting to feel the ripple effects caused by the federal government shutdown.

The Associated Press reports that the agency which approves new breweries, recipes and labels is closed as part of the shutdown - which means new breweries hoping to open and new recipes waiting for release are going to have to wait even longer.

Paul Gatza, director of the Brewers Association, told the AP:

"One could think of this shutdown as basically stopping business indefinitely for anyone who didn't have certain paperwork in place back in mid-August."

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, which process the paperwork for craft breweries, is still working with existing permit holders, but the AP reports any new applications for business are currently on hold. The same goes for new recipes and labels - creating a huge problem for craft brewery owners who rely on the release of new seasonal flavors for a chunk of their business.

You can read the full  AP story here.