Gov. Shutdown Killing The Buzz Of Local Breweries
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CREATED Oct. 10, 2013
Omaha, NE - The government shutdown is making for some very unhappy hours.
Borgata Brewery and Distillery was set to be fully operational by the end of Nov. but that is no longer possible because of what isn't happening in Washington, D.C.
On Thursday, the owners sent a letter to D.C. letting both sides know they're killing their buzz.
"It's affected us in a way that that is sort of holding up our dreams here of getting this up and going," said Holly Mulkins, V.P. Of Borgata Brewery and Distillery.
For more than a decade, Mulkins and her fiance, Zac Triemert, have been working to get Borgata off the ground.
In Aug., construction finally started. Then, came Oct. 1.
"It's stopping us from being able to start our business," said Triemert. "Our license is on someone's desk, and they're not at work."
In order to get the beer flowing, Borgata needs a license. It's something that can only be granted by The Alcohol and Tabacco Tax and Trade Bureau, an agency that is not operating during the shutdown.
"We're being hurt, us and so many Americans, by the government shutdown," said Triemert. "We would really appreciate it if everyone would get in a room, and as Holly said, have a craft beer or craft whiskey and really hammer this out."
Triemert and Mulkins said it typically takes 90 days to get a license approved, but because of the shutdown, they're looking at 120.
The two sent a letter to President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner. They said the goal is to draw attention to a consequence elected officials may not have considered.
They said work on the inside will continue until Washington, D.C. gets back to work and allows the beer to start flowing.
"It's something we know we can't control so we're not losing too much sleep over it, but it's just a little disappointing," said Triemart.
The shutdown will impact any local brewery that wants to do a fall or winter brew. Their recipes have to be approved by the TTB.
Triemert and Mulkins made a pledge that once the shutdown ends, they will send their first two cases of brew to President Obama and Speaker Boehner.
To learn more about the Kickstarter Campaign for Borgata, click HERE.