Government shutdown affects local brewery, winery

Government shutdown affects local brewery, winery

Local craft breweries are feeling the affects of government shutdown due to a furloughed branch of the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau.
Green Bay, Wis. (WFRV) - Hinterland Brewery's seasonal beer and one of Captain's Walk Winery's wines are on hold as the companies wait for approval their new formulas and labels.

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, part of the U.S. Treasury Department, approves new brews and labeling each year. But due to the government shutdown, weeks if not months have been added on to the waiting game.

"If you're missing out on a product that wold be competitive in the market, then that could be a lost opportunity," said Jim Koehler, manager at Captain's Walk Winery.

The winery was planning on selling one of Door County's cherry moscato wines, but due to a lack of label approval, Koehler said they'll have to rearrange their upcoming seasonal sales to replace the product gap.

However, there may be an upside to the stalled process. Bill Tressler said Hinterland's Imperial IPA, which is aged in a bourbon barrel, may absorb even more flavor as the company waits for both formula and label approval. Although there will be a delay in sales, the additional flavor may be worth the wait.

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