New brews on hold during goverment shutdown
BATON ROUGE - The budget showdown is brewing more problems, and it's put many craft beers on hold.
"It was never anything that we really saw coming," Tin Roof Brewery Owner William Mcghee said.
His business was caught off guard when a the release a Christmas ale was ultimately nixed by the government shutdown.
"The timing was off and when this happened, we decided not to go ahead with it," he said.
In the beer business, new brews more customers. With Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms' Tax and Trade Bureau closed, all alcoho including beer, wine, and liquor pending approval will stay in storage and not in circulation. The TTB must approve labeling and recipes before alcohol makers are allowed to distribute.
"I think it hits craft beer the hardest because they are the ones that are releasing the most new products the most often," beer connoisseur Jay Ducote said.
The lock on new beers is trickling down to other bars and restaurants.
"It's always important to get the new beers in here you got to have what the customer wants," Baton Rouge's Uncle Earl manager Zach Kenney.