Shutdown affects approval of seasonal craft beers

6:01 PM, Oct 9, 2013   |    comments
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The government shutdown is having an impact on one type of business you might not have thought of ... beer.

A craft beer company in Savannah, Ga., says it's been working for months to develop a new seasonal beer for the fall.

But now they're not sure what season it'll be when they get approval to release it.

With the "Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau closed as part of the government shutdown, Southbound Brewing can't take the final steps to get the new beer on the market.

Southbound's brewmaster said "We can't one: put our formula in to get approval, or two: even get a label so we can register it with the state so we can sell it to our distributor. So we're completely prevented from brewing this next beer because of the government shutdown."

Southbound's brewmaster says it usually takes two weeks to get new beer formulas approved and another two weeks to have the label approved.

But because of the likely backlog due to the shutdown, he says it could take even longer once the government offices re-open.

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