Shutdown hurts pour: New breweries, seasonal beers in limbo

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EUGENE, Ore. - With the government shutdown, new breweries and seasonal beers are on hold.

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau - know as the TTB for short - has stopped approving beer labels and recipes.

"Now all of a sudden their approval is held up," said Christina Measells at The Bier Stein. "So what do they do with their product that is already either in the tank or ready to be produced?"

"If you can't get approval, that just puts your brewing and your bottling - everyone just has to take a step back and wait for this one little thing to happen," said Gillian Tobian at Mazama Brewing.

There will still be beer to drink, but the shutdown will only increase the backlog at the TTB, beer professionals said.

And seasonal beers are at a standstill.

"We're looking at like 2-4 months out," Tobian said, "and that's really what would be affected the most right now."

And even if the ale has been produced and bottled, it can't be distributed without approval.

But while the TTB has stopped processing applications, brewing companies are still expected to pay their state and federal taxes during the shutdown.

"Hopefully they'll get this thing solved and well get back on track," Measells at The Bier Stein said.