Gov’ Shutdown Effects Wyo Micro Breweries
Okay, so there is garbage overflowing in our parks and the outhouses are a total wreck. But beyond that most people have not even noticed that there is a government shutdown.
They will notice, as soon as it affects their beer.
The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau inspects and provides labels on cans of newly-released beer. Then there are the tax stamps.
But there is no one inspecting. There is no one stamping. So new batches of locally made Wyoming been can't be sold.
“It’s basically putting a hold on new releases of beer,” said Paul Gatza, director of the Brewers Association. “For some brewers, it’s impacting their sales forecasts, their release calendar and their process flow for introducing new brands to the market.”
Beer drinkers will survive the crises, until the national supply runs out.