YELLOW SPRINGS, Ohio (WDTN) - At the Yellow Springs brewery there's a list of beers to sample, but thanks to the government shutdown don't expect any new additions anytime soon.
"It's a little frustrating for us," says owner Lisa Wolters.
The government shutdown has closed the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau.
Known as the TTB for short, it approves new beer formulas and labels.
"You can't do anything without that approval," Wolters says.
So now the brewery is over a barrel as it waits to have a beer formula and a beer label approved.
"So we have to sit on those beers and our products until we get that approval," Wolters says.
Wolters is worried that even once the shutdown ends, the okays from the TTB won't exactly start flowing in.
"It was already taking quite a bit of time to get approval on some of these things," Wolters says. "When they do open up again they're going to be bombarded with applications and it's going to take longer and compound the problem."
So what's a brewery to do?
Wolters says they're left with little choice.
"I don't know how we can do anything differently other than simply wait and hope that the shutdown is over pretty quickly," Wolters says.
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