Taps on new brews stopped because of government shutdown


COLUMBUS, Ohio - Breweries are feeling the impact of the government shutdown.

“It's actually hampering breweries access to market because they can't put new products out, which is one of the hallmarks of the craft beer industry,” said Justin Hemminger, Deputy Director of the Ohio Craft Beer Association.

Federal agencies like the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau are closed. The a is in charge of approving new beer recipes, labeling, and cross-state sales.

That means the taps are off for any new products.

“It can take up to 6 months to get your federal license. It could put these people back a year,” Bryan Duncan, owner of Nocterra Brewing Company.

Duncan is about to open his new brewery, Nocterra Brewing Company in Powell. He says he is lucky.

“We were able to get all that completed with licensure before the shut-down,” Duncan said.

They are hoping the $2.6 billion dollar a year industry in the state can keep flowing

“There's a tremendous amount of sunk cost in equipment, financial planning, that they can't do because their licenses or permits are in flux,” Hemminger said.