High Water Brewing Co.’s Stockton brewmaster, Steve Altimari, told me last night that the federal government shutdown means neither he nor any craft beer maker can come out with new craft beers.
Uncle Sam has to sign off on any new label. No sign-off, no release. But Uncle Sam is closed for business.
Altimari has seasonal beers in the production pipeline. As mentioned in this recent column, he was about to release a Halloween beer called La Petit Diablotin, or Little Devil.
AP has a story on the beer bollix too. I say when they cut off our beer they’ve gone too far!