BOZEMAN, Mont. — New beer recipes for American breweries are on hold during the government shutdown.
For any new type of beer American breweries want to develop and sell in stores, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau has to first approve a label, but all applications are on hold during the shutdown.
"We are unable to obtain federal label approval," said Bozeman Brewing Company president Todd Scott. "Which prevents us from doing interstate commerce with our new products, and which prevents us from getting trademark protections."
Some of Scott's products are distributed in Washington because he wants the beer's trademark federally protected.
The longer Scott waits, the greater the possibility of pouring money down the drain. He said he can potentially lose tens of thousands of dollars if he has to throw beer away.
"Most of these barrels have been aging for three years," he added. "So the longer the shutdown extends, the further behind that bureau will be."
"The state of Montana requires you to have the TTB license before you can start brewing," said Scott Kelley.
Kelley and his brother-in-law Jeff Millsap plan to open a brewery in Ennis in time for the lucrative summer months, but Kelley said he isn't sure if that will happen now with the shutdown.
"The lawyer says we submitted the application. It's sitting there, and that's about it." Kelley added. "It's just a waiting game."