Government shutdown could delay new beer releases from breweries

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The partial federal government shutdown is nearing the 20th-day mark. It’s been a difficult situation for some federal employees and is also impacting some business owners.

“I didn’t have a lawyer. I did it all myself,” says Bryan Summerson, president, and head brewer at Big Lick Brewing Company. “Filled everything out. So it was the first time. You don’t know what to expect,” says Summerson.

One thing he didn’t expect when he was applying for a license to open his brewery? A government shutdown.

“It’s a headache and it’s worrisome. You worry about it,” says Summerson.

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau’s approval of the Big Lick Brewing Company was delayed during the last government shutdown. New beer releases from some companies could also be delayed since the TTB must also grant approval for things like labels before products can be shipped out of state.

“I don’t have to apply for label approval with the Feds because I don’t go across state lines,” says Summerson. “But that will definitely be held up.”

The Chateau Morrisette Winery and Restaurant in Floyd submits its wine and cider labels to the TTB for approval. The winery tells WFXR that since the TTB is not currently processing those, their new product releases could be delayed. 

Summerson has some advice for those impacted by the latest government shutdown.

“Just be patient. And good things come to those who wait,” he says.

And though a hangover cure might work for some headaches, many are hoping an end to the government shutdown will come soon.

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