US Brewers Face Bottleneck Amid Shutdown
Looks like trouble’s brewing. Those new spring ales by craft breweries will likely be delayed as the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau — responsible for approving bottle labels — remains closed due to the partial government shutdown. As the 3,000 weekly applications pile up, the Brewers Association estimates that half of American craft beermakers will have at least one new brew delayed. Since there’s no end in sight to the woes in Washington, patrons may have to pull a draft to taste the season’s latest drink.