PHOENIX - The government shutdown could cost local breweries thousands of dollars.
The craft beer industry must get approval from the Federal Tax and Trade Bureau before brewing new beers.
For Julie Meeker, of Mother Bunch Brewery which is scheduled to open in the spring near 7th Street and Roosevelt Road, the shutdown could put her dreams in jeopardy.
"For every month we would be delayed it would cost us $8,000 to $10,000," she said.
Meeker wanted to file her application a couple weeks ago but was unable to because of the shutdown. She is continuing with her renovation of the space and trying to stay on track.
Meeker explained that it can take up to three months to get the application approved. Even if the government reopens soon, she fears there still could be a backlog of applications.
Existing breweries are also impacted. New recipes and labels have to be approved by the bureau as well. The delays could mean a loss of revenue for breweries trying to get their winter and Christmas labels on the market.
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