How the government shutdown is hurting a DC beer brewer

Jeannie Matthews
January 14, 2019

"There's a lot of guys that are coming out with new beers literally every week so they're going to have to rely on some of their old staples and just keep producing those".

But since the government shut down, labels aren't getting approved right now.

That's because the federal agency that approves brewery labels is closed, a result of the government shutdown.

There are a number of ways the partial government shutdown is affecting businesses throughout the country. Craig Purser heads the National Beer Wholesalers Association and says large beer makers in the USA are also anxious about the bureau being furloughed. He owns Pearl Street Brewery in La Crosse, Wis., which is celebrating its 20th anniversary next month.

As for Gift Horse, Snyder says they shouldn't lose much money. if any at all. We're going to take the next couple of minutes to talk about one of them - the craft beer industry. "We're all hoping they figure out what they need to figure out and open the government back up".

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Now only about a quarter of the state's craft breweries ship beer out of state.

That's the agency that approves new beers and their labels before they hit the shelves and for local Lincoln breweries this unexpected hold-up is causing headaches.

Hooker won't mass produce the beers it needs approval on just yet.

"If you are a brewery that is trying to release a new brand or a seasonal beer release right now, you won't be able to get your label approved", said Leia Bailey with the California Craft Brewers Association.

"It's that first step and if they don't have that they can't move forward", Bailey said. "So the opportunity cost of what's sitting in that tank, we're not able to send it out and we're not able to fill that tank back up with another beer". The work stops. And it really puts the beer industry at a disadvantage as it relates to innovation, as it relates to new products being introduced, new labels being approved.

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