Thomas Hooker Brewery in Bloomfield

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Connecticut Breweries Feeling Effects Of Partial Government Shutdown

January 11, 2019 - 1:08 pm

BLOOMFIELD, Conn. (WTIC Radio) - The partial government shutdown has put Connecticut breweries in a bind.

The federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau must approve the labels of any new beers before they can come to market. But the shutdown has closed the agency, meaning brewers can't produce any new beers-- they can only produce beers for which labels have already been approved.

"I think our biggest worry is the fact that there's a backlog being created right now," said Curt Cameron, president of Thomas Hooker Brewery in Bloomfield. "With 6,000 breweries in the country, everybody's submitting labels. We're creating just a bigger and bigger backlog."

Cameron says it could be months before labels get approved. He says the shutdown has put in limbo a couple of brews Hooker plans to release this spring.