LOWELL, Ark. (KFTA) — As the government shutdown enters day 21, an unexpected ripple affect has just begun for several industries.
Some beer makers say if the government shutdown continues, new beer will not be able to hit the shelves.
The Alcohol Tax and Trade Bureau is a regulatory agency for all alcohol in the country.
According to Christopher Reed, the President/CEO of Core Brewing Co., the TTB has a formula approval process and a label approval process that takes several months to complete.
The TTB is closed due the shutdown, and is not approving labels for new drinks.
“Without them functioning, we’re not able to submit for new beers. We can brew them, we can sell them in our tap rooms, because they don’t have a can and they don’t have a label. But anything retail — going out to retail to liquor shelves or retail partners, we can’t give them new beers.”
Reed says luckily Core received approval before the shutdown for its new beers coming out soon, but he warns that a new line of seasonal beers coming out this summer and spring could be delayed.
We also reached out to breweries that are planning to move to Northwest Arkansas.
The Bentonville Brewing Company says the shutdown could affect its move to Bentonville because of the backlog of work the TTB will have to get through.
Despite this, Bentonville brewing says its remaining optimistic that its fall opening will remain on schedule.