Government shutdown impacting breweries, wineries and distilleries

Funk Yo Couch from Wiley Roots turned heads in 2018

Funk Yo Couch from Wiley Roots turned heads in 2018. Sarah Cowell

Across town at Zipline Brewery, co-founder Tom Wilmoth says he's usually ahead of the game when it comes to getting labels approved but as the shutdown drags on, he's feeling the effects as well. The federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, in charge of approving labels and license for any new beer, wine and spirits, has been impacted by the shutdown, and some breweries are now waiting for their new products to be approved.

"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.

Blue Blood Brewing is working on 18 beers for the spring, all of which are now untapped, as they wait for the government to re-open. "Fortunately the beers have been very popular up here so we still have a place for them to go but we will have to keep an eye on how much we make and not plan on sending out until we hear further", Kniefel said.

That delay doesn't just hurt the beer drinker as they wait for the new flavors, it hurts the business financially. Saturday begins the fourth week of the government shutdown.

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