U.S. Government Shutdown Means No New Craft Beer
To add to all the others, here's one more bummer about the government shutdown: no new beer. Along with numerous other branches of the legal system, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (part of the Treasury Department) has been suspended until further notice. But it's not bad news for all beer-drinkers:
"The closing isn't expected to have much effect on industry giants such as MillerCoors or Anheuser-Busch. They can continue to produce existing products as usual. But the shutdown poses a huge problem for craft brewers, who build their businesses by producing quirky, offbeat flavors and introducing new seasonal beers, sometimes as often as every quarter."
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