Government shutdown impacting breweries, wineries and distilleries

Breweries in our area could soon start to feel the effects of the government shutdown.

Posted: Jan 11, 2019 10:35 PM
Updated: Jan 11, 2019 11:33 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Breweries in our area could soon start to feel the effects of the government shutdown.

Like many government agencies, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau or TTB is closed, making it impossible for breweries, wineries and distilleries to get approval on certain products.

The TTB issues permits for new businesses to open, craft a new beer or wine, or create labeling for a product.

Owner of People's Brewing Company Chris Johnson said the brewery will be able to make it through the shutdown.

However it will be impacted as soon as the government opens back up because it's going to take the TTB a while to catch up.

"They'll definitely be back logged and we've seen this in the past when they've been short handed and it can get to the point where those approvals take a long time and that will continue to affect breweries down the line," said Johnson. 

That means People's won't be coming out with any new beers until the government re-opens.

"We just adjust our brew schedule and put out beers that we already have approvals for and keep kind of rolling with the ones we've already got going," said Johnson. 

He said newer businesses will be impacted the most. Saturday begins the fourth week of the government shutdown. 

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