Shutdown: More Local Effects
ITHACA (WENY) -- It's day 10 in the government shutdown and while lawmakers continue to face off over the budget, agencies like the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau have been forced to close their doors for business. That's the federal agency that approves new beer recipes and labels as well as permits for tasting rooms. It falls under the Treasury Department.
Ithaca Beer Company is enjoying really good sales of country pumpkin ale which comes out for the fall, but as we get closer to the Winter, they might run into some problems or at least delays with Winter specialties.
"We're worried, but it's the nature of what's going on," says Allison Graffin, Marketing Director at Ithaca Beer Co. "Relative to all the other stuff that people have seen do to the government shut down, we're not sweating yet."
They can still pay their taxes, but everything else is remains at a standstill. It takes at least two months for new beers to be licensed.
"We have one coming out in December and we've got a variety pack coming out in February," says Graffin. "And we are looking to develop a brand new beer also in January and February, so we are concerned that the hold up will slow it down."
And when Ithaca Beer Co. or other breweries call the TTB to check on existing applications, they're met with an automated government shutdown message.