Partial federal government shutdown tapping brakes on Louisiana breweries

There might be fewer seasonal brews this spring from Louisiana breweries, because the agency responsible for approving new beer labels is on hold during the federal government’s partial shutdown, The Daily Advertiser reports.

“With every government shutdown that’s happened since we opened, we’ve had a beer needing label approval,” says Karlos Knott of Bayou Teche Brewing in Arnaudville. “And that results in beer we’re just having to sit on.”

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau is the federal agency responsible for approving licenses for new breweries and labels for beer distributed out-of-state.
Knott, who also serves as president of the Louisiana Craft Brewers Guild, says just about every brewery in the state has been affected by the shutdown in some capacity.

Louisiana brewers can get new beer labels approved through the Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control, but most Louisiana brewers choose to go through the federal agency because state approval comes with a fee, typically takes longer and is less versatile. Read the full story.

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