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Neil Herbst is an owner of one of Alberta's oldest craft breweries Alley Kat

Neil Herbst is an owner of one of Alberta's oldest craft breweries Alley Kat

Blue Blood Brewing is working on 18 beers for the spring, all of which are now untapped, as they wait for the government to re-open. And that's a problem for beer makers like Joe Katchever.

If the shutdown continues, more than 200 California craft breweries in need of a federal license just to open will also be on hold and it could significantly impact the business as a whole.

"We're always coming out with new brands and that's what the consumer wants", said Hooker president Curt Cameron. Craig Purser heads the National Beer Wholesalers Association and says large beer makers in the US are also anxious about the bureau being furloughed. He owns Pearl Street Brewery in La Crosse, Wis., which is celebrating its 20th anniversary next month. Even when that happens, it will take months for the TTB to catch up on the backlog.

Now only about a quarter of the state's craft breweries ship beer out of state.

"I still kind of feel worse for the people who actually work for the TTB that are considered non essential and all of a sudden they don't have jobs right now", said Snyder. "I think about all the spring releases that are going to be coming out soon".

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Head Brewers like Snyder can still submit their labels to the TTB; there just aren't any employees there to review or approve them. Well, a lot of them won't be coming out. "Even three weeks could have significant impacts".

"Brewers know that they're going to start at the beginning of the stack and get through them", Gatza said.

Hooker won't mass produce the beers it needs approval on just yet.

CRAIG PURSER: Doesn't matter what the size of the company is when nobody's answering the phone.

The TTB is one arm of the US government that is crippled right now amidst President Trump's ongoing partial government shutdown, which on Friday tied for the longest shutdown ever at 21 days.

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