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Government shutdown puts Southbound seasonal beer on hold

Brewers are also being affected by the government shutdown. Brewers are also being affected by the government shutdown.
Southbound Brewmaster and Co-Founder Smith Mathews. Southbound Brewmaster and Co-Founder Smith Mathews.
Brewers are also being affected by the government shutdown. Brewers are also being affected by the government shutdown.
SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

One thing you might not realize about the government shutdown; it even has an effect on the beer you drink.

In preperation for the cooler weather, Southbound Brewing Company has been preparing to launch a brand new brew, and they've been teaming up with a local roaster, PERC Coffee.

"We've been talking with them about doing a collaboration using our really nice stout recipe with their coffee and making an imperial coffee stout," said Southbound Brewmaster and  co-founder Smith Mathews.

The ingredients are ready and the recipe has been perfected, but because of the shutdown, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau is closed, so Southbound cant take the last steps to put the beer on the market.

"We cant one, put our formula in to get approval or two, even get a label so we can register it with the state and then can sell it to our distributor. So we're completely prevented from brewing this next beer because of the government shutdown," said Mathews.

The TTB website is not updating and when you call, it's clear that this branch of the U.S.Department of the Treasurey is closed down.

The message says, "TTB has directed employees not to return to work and they are prohibited by federal law from volunteering their services during a lapse in appropriations."

This means getting the coffee stout out before November is not looking promising.

"The average time is two weeks for your formula approval and two weeks for your label approval, but since it's being backed up it could be 6 weeks 8 weeks plus," explained Mathews.

Southbound will have to wait until the government reopens before it can move forward with the seasonal beer, and even then, it could take a while.

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