Government shutdown impacting local brewery

By Mike LaCrosse 

They'll be no new types of beers brewed or sold until the government shutdown is addressed. 

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, which approves all new beer labels, is closed. 

It's preventing Foolproof Brewery in Pawtucket from working on their new Russian Imperial Stout Beer.

“This is a very popular craft beer style in the colder months.  So we definitely wanna have it out around November-December.  Once we go past the New Year it's gonna be harder to market I think,” said Nick Garrison, owner. 

Garrison says he'd like to start production soon because the beer needs more time to ferment.  If he doesn't get it brewed in time he could loose business.

“Frankly, if restaurants and bars can't get the beer they want they'll just order from another brewery, which would be a lost opportunity for us,” said Garrison. 

The company can still brew beers that were already approved by the federal government.  

Garrison says the TTB is still collecting taxes even though they're not processing applications.