Government Shutdown May Have Great Impact On Beer Industry

beer-news10With the government shutdown and no deal in sight, the beer industry will see the impact of spending cuts, which took effect on Tuesday.

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) double-check that breweries act in accordance with all mandated steps by the federal government in the alcohol production and distribution course of action. The TTB will also furlough 35 out of 518 employees for each day of the shutdown. Those 35 people will stay to collect excise taxes on beer.

The government shutdown could delay permits and labels, and stop the TTB process of approval. Every beer must include mandatory label information, such as the alcoholic content, and the name and address of the bottler or packer.

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