Government shutdown delays seasonal brews

Posted at: 10/10/2013 9:15 AM
By: Elizabeth Reed,

Even your cup of holiday cheer isn't safe: Seasonal craft brews might not make it to store shelves because of the government shutdown.

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) is in charge of reviewing all applications for new breweries, beer recipes and labels. But due to the government shutdown, the TTB has stopped the approval process.

"Once we open our new brewery we definitely will be making lots of new seasonals and being very creative," said Drew Ehrlich, brewmaster at Strike Brewing Company. "Hopefully the government is back up by then so we can get some labels and get these out to the masses."

Many craft brewers told KOB Eyewitness News 4 they depend on quirky, seasonal beer to build their businesses. They said the TTB's process takes more than a month to approve one new beer. With the shutdown, brewers anticipate it will take even longer.