Government shutdown impacting breweries, wineries and distilleries

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If the shutdown continues, more than 200 California craft breweries in need of a federal license just to open will also be on hold and it could significantly impact the business as a whole.

With the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau closed, it's unable to process labels or permits.

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.

Mispillion River Brewing President Eric Williams says without agency approval.Their new beers can't leave the state. Craig Purser heads the National Beer Wholesalers Association and says large beer makers in the USA are also anxious about the bureau being furloughed.

There are a number of ways the partial government shutdown is affecting businesses throughout the country. That breaks down to over 3,000 applications coming in every week. He owns Pearl Street Brewery in La Crosse, Wis., which is celebrating its 20th anniversary next month.

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"We have four labels actually sitting in TTB limbo because of the government shutdown that is going on right now", explained Snyder.

Now only about a quarter of the state's craft breweries ship beer out of state. But TTB employees aren't even at work to give approval. "I think about all the spring releases that are going to be coming out soon". "So for beers that brewers want to release in February or March, a lot of them are trying to rush their paperwork in now, just so they don't get stuck having to wait months".

"It's that first step and if they don't have that they can't move forward", Bailey said.

Gatza said the TTB can generally approve a beer label within five to seven days.

Colorado breweries are missing out on millions of dollars in out-of-state sales because of the government shutdown. Otherwise, the beer might just sit in the tanks.

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