Government Shutdown Affecting Louisiana Breweries
There's trouble brewing for the Louisiana beer industry as the government shutdown continues.
According to The Advertiser, "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".
So, what does that mean for Louisiana breweries? Basically it means that breweries are able to get new beer labels approved through the Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control, but they can't distribute the state-approved beer outside of Louisiana. One Baton Rouge brewer says he's having to pay $10,000 a month on employees, space and equipment that can't be used due to the partial government shutdown.
Karlos Knott of Bayou Teche Brewing in Arnaudville tells The Advertiser "With every government shutdown that's happened since we opened, we've had a beer needing label approval. And that results in beer we're just having to sit on."
For more details on how the shutdown has made an impact on Louisiana breweries take a look at the full story by The Advertiser.