Wis. to Accept Federal Beer Apps During Shutdown

Posted at: 10/11/2013 5:16 PM

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin tax officials say in-state brewers won't need approval from Washington to sell new beers within the state during the federal shutdown.

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, or TTB, is the federal agency that approves new beer labels. It has closed its doors as part of the shutdown, preventing brewers from getting new products approved and on the shelves.

The state Department of Revenue regulates beer sales in Wisconsin. Federal regulations don't mandate brewers obtain TTB approval to sell new labels within a state but DOR has required it.

DOR officials said Friday they're relaxing that requirement. They say brewers can sell new labels in Wisconsin if they've completed an application for TTB label approval.

Brewers who need TTB approval for new recipes, however, remain in limbo.

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