Craft breweries waiting for shutdown to end, no new beers until its over

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POSTED: Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 4:00pm

UPDATED: Friday, October 11, 2013 - 3:48pm

It’s now day 10 of the government shutdown and some craft breweries across the nation could be left with a problem. That's because they can’t produce any new products or labels until the shutdown ends.

"It could snowball into a really big problem especially gong into 2014," said John Peak from Tin Roof Brewery.

Peak can't help but get a little nervous. His new ideas are being stalled out by this government shutdown.

“It has an adverse affect on the new breweries and even the big breweries,” said Peak. “They rely heavily on their seasonal brews to keep people and the brand fresh in their mind.”

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approves all keg collars, labels, and new beers that enter the marketplace.

“There are an abundance of breweries that have submitted things and are waiting.”

So with no approvals anytime soon, their production is at a standstill.

Breweries such as Tin Roof are already producing their fall seasonal beers, but they do have two products on the backburner. So now all they can do is wait for the government shutdown to end.

As for Dave Goldberg, not only is his palate left with nothing new, he's scared his customers will not be pleased, either.

“I work at a bar as well so not being able to put new product out could really affect us in the long run," he said.

It’s not just here in Louisiana. The craft beers industry across our nation is now slowly running dry. And even if the government gets it together soon, the wait is causing concern for some.

“I think the wait time is about 45 days if you submitted a new package. That's going to end up being like 120 days which is difficult.”

But Peak says no matter the situation, they will just keep on pumping out their regulars, just in time for football and tailgating.

"The best thing to do is keep on doing what you’re doing and hope for the best."

Larger breweries will not be affected. The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau is a part of the Treasury Department. The agency will continue to process taxes from current permit holders but new applications are in limbo.

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