The government shutdown could have an adverse impact on your beer. The U.S. Department of the Treasury Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, commonly referred to as the TTB, is the federal agency that regulates brewers. The TTB has given notice that the agency will not be approving new beer labels, or any other regulatory functions during the federal government shutdown.
Don’t worry though, they will still be collecting taxes. It is the only way they can keep us safe… Huh?
TTB would halt its regulatory functions, non-criminal investigative activities and audit functions. However, TTB would ensure that all tax remittances are processed because these functions are deemed necessary for safety and protection of property.