As the partial government shutdown enters its third week, breweries across Central New York are starting to feel the impact.
A consequence of the shutdown is a delay in approvals for craft brewers selling new beer. The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, one of the departments shut down because of the stalemate in Washington D.C., is in charge of approving labels and licenses for any new beer, wine or spirit.
“Mostly it’s just label approval so the federal government has to approve your labels before they go out into market,” said Buried Acorn Brewing Company Owner Timothy Shore.
Shore and his partner Sam Kim have owned Buried Acorn Brewing Company in Syracuse for the past year. The brewery has a new brand launching the week of January 20, which the bureau has already processed, but Buried Acorn has five other new beers and labels that will need approval.
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