The federal government’s latest partial shutdown is now the second longest in history and will likely break the 21 day record of the 1995 shutdown. This has had negative consequences throughout the DC metro region and the country as a whole and for those people who directly work for the government as employees or contractors. The shutdown has also had secondary effects on companies and people who rely on the services of various federal agencies, in particular brewers. As our colleagues at DCist and Craft Beer Cellar have already noted, the closure of operations at the federal Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) has stopped the release of many new beers because of regulations that require label approval before that product can be sold in the market. However, the closure of the TTB is especially harsh for DC brewers for the same reason as many other challenges that DC faces: lack of statehood.
The TTB is a federal agency, and, as such, its ability to regulate beer only extends to product
Source: DC Beer
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