Beer is now a casualty of government shutdown
Thu, 10 Oct 2013 11:16:56 GMT —
The government shutdown will now start hitting both the makers and drinkers of beer.
The shutdown has closed the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, which approves new breweries, recipes and labels.
According to Bridge Magazine, there are over 140 breweries and brew pubs in Michigan. This accounted for $133 million being added to Michigan's economy in 2012. Michigan is also fifth in the country for breweries, which produce 30,000 barrels of beer. In 1991 it was just three barrels. There are 31 gallons of beer per barrel.
Without approval of new recipes and labels, seasonal and original beers could be delayed.
As it is, the Associated Press reports that the agency can take as long as 75 days to act on applications. Once the shutdown ends, the backlog could make this process take even longer.