DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Some bad news for beer-lovers, as local breweries say they’ve been forced to halt plans for new brews because of the ongoing partial government shutdown.
They’re unable to get approval for their new products because the government agency responsible is shut down.
Head brewer at Carillon Brewing Company, Kyle Spears, explains: “Any brewery right now that is trying to release a new beer that needs a label approval from the TTB is going to be affected by it.”
He’s talking about the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, or TTB.
New beers for sale with their own labels, or any beers sold across state lines, have to go through them.
For companies who planned to roll out new products for the new year, it’s a big frustration.
Warped Wing is one of those companies, according to co-founder Nick Bowman.
“Because the government is shut down, those label approvals are not happening,” Bowman said. “Ultimately, that affects the consumers, as well. They’re not going to be able to enjoy those new products.”
Bowman says plans for their new brews for the new year have been put on hold.
Spears say depending on how long the shut down lasts, new releases for breweries could be delayed longer than expected.
“It’s already a process that takes a few weeks in general, anyhow, so you have to be ahead of the game. But the government shut down is going to push that way back,” Spears said.
Spears added it’s no big issue for Carillon Brewing because they’re not releasing any new products.
But for other local breweries in the area, like Warped Wing, it’s disappointing news for beer drinkers and beer makers alike.
“Since the government shut down, we are at a standstill,” Bowman said.
But although new beers have to be put on hold, brewing companies are still able to sell those favorite products that have already been approved.