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Shutdown won't affect local brewers

In this Oct. 3, 2013 photo, Mike Brenner, owner of Brenner Brewing in Milwaukee, stands in front of an empty beer barrel. The federal government shutdown could leave America ™s craft brewers with a serious hangover. Stores will still offer plenty of suds. But the shutdown has closed an obscure agency that quietly approves new breweries, recipes and labels, which could create huge delays throughout the rapidly growing craft industry, whose customers expect a constant supply of inventive and seasonal beers. Brenner is trying to open a craft brewery in Milwaukee by December. His application to include a tasting room is now on hold, as are his plans to file paperwork for four labels over the next few weeks. He expects to lose about $8,000 for every month his opening is delayed. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger) Photo: Image by The Associated Press

Shutdown won't affect local brewers

By Colin Bennett. CREATED Oct 11, 2013

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin tax officials say in-state brewers won't need approval from Washington to sell new beers within the state during the federal government shutdown.

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, or TTB, is the federal agency that approves new beer labels. It has closed its doors as part of the shutdown, however.

The state Department of Revenue regulates beer sales in Wisconsin. Federal regulations don't mandate brewers obtain TTB approval to sell new labels within a state but DOR has required it.

DOR officials said Friday they're relaxing that requirement. They say brewers can sell beer under new labels in Wisconsin if they've completed an application for TTB label approval.

Brewers who need TTB approval for new recipes, however, remain in limbo.