If the now 33-day-long government shutdown in the U.S. hasn’t directly affected you yet, it might now.
Since the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) is among the agencies currently suspended from doing its job, the approval process for new alcoholic beverages has come to a halt. That’s leaving breweries with expiring beer and wineries with unlabeled bottles.
This could mean months of delays for scheduled releases and lost revenue for these producers. Even once the government reopens, they’ll have to wait for the agency to work through its growing backlog of labels.
“We have 20 to 30 [labels] at the TTB that haven’t been approved yet,” Gavin Speight, the vice president of Old Bridge Cellars, an international wine importer, told “Wine Spectator.” “It’s going to put us back a month or so on shipping.”
You’ll still be able to get any staple bottles you normally purchase at your local liquor store, but don’t expect to get your hands on any new beer releases or emerging rosés.
“Wine Spectator” also said that “wine, beer and spirits groups“ are voicing their concerns to Congress.
Yeah, them and everyone else.