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At least one Michigan craft brewery is feeling the effects of the government shutdown.
But that can’t happen without label approval from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, which is part of the U.S. Treasury Department — one of the nine federal agencies affected by the shutdown.
CultureShift’s Ryan Patrick Hooper speaks with Old Nation owner Travis Fritts about how the government shutdown is affecting the brewery.
“Until these labels are approved, we can’t sell this beer,” explains Fritts. “That is the problem for craft brewers.”
According to Fritts, their bottom line hasn’t been hit too hard — but that’s because Old Nation is “expanding into markets with brands that are already TTB approved.”
“For us it’s not as big of a problem as it is for a lot of brewers on our tier who are depending on spring releases,” he says.
Click on the audio player above to hear more about how Michigan craft breweries like Old Nation Brewery are adapting to the government shutdown.