BREW­ERIES

Miami Herald - - TROP­I­CAL LIFE -

Based in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., the ATF”s Al­co­hol and To­bacco Tax and Trade Bureau — known as TTB — ap­proves ap­pli­ca­tions for new beer, wine and spir­its busi­nesses. It is also in charge of ap­prov­ing new la­bels for al­co­holic prod­ucts booze mak­ers hope to ship be­yond state lines.

As of Dec. 22, TTB em­ploy­ees have been fur­loughed. On Wed­nes­day, dis­cus­sions be­tween Democrats and the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion to end the im­passe went nowhere.

The Brew­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, an in­dus­try group rep­re­sent­ing craft brew­ers, has ad­vised mem­bers to “be pre­pared for the la­bel­ing and per­mit process to take longer than pre­vi­ously es­ti­mated. Also, be aware that when the govern­ment is funded again there could be a backlog. Brew­eries should plan ac­cord­ingly.”

Jonathan Wake­field, founder of J. Wake­field Brew­ing in Wyn­wood, is up­set. Known for put­ting out three-to-four new re­leases a month, Wake­field said he stands to lose up to tens of thou­sands of dol­lars as a re­sult of the shut­down. Cur­rently on hold: a He­feweizen, two In­dia Pale Ales, two lagers, and a stout.

“Our out-of-state mar­kets—New York, Bos­ton, Cal­i­for­nia—we can’t ship any­thing there right now,” he said.

As a re­sult, Wake­field said, he will also de­lay rolling out the new prod­ucts in its own tap­room.

There are now more than 240 craft brew­eries in Florida, ac­cord­ing to the Brewer’s As­so­ci­a­tion, com­bin­ing for a $3 bil­lion eco­nomic im­pact. Leon said he knows of at least four in Mi­ami alone cur­rently open­ing new lo­ca­tions or brand new op­er­a­tions.

If any of them were wait­ing for ap­proval, they won’t get a re­sponse un­til TBB is back on­line, ac­cord­ing to TBB’s web­site.

The same goes for any that ap­plied for a loan. Ac­cord­ing to the Brew­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, if a brew­ery “is in the process of ap­ply­ing for a loan from a bank or credit union they are likely un­able to get the in­for­ma­tion they need from the fed­eral govern­ment to process your loan.”

Tony Me­ne­ses, a spokesper­son for Descarga Brew­ing Co., which has plans to open in North Mi­ami this year, said the com­pany now fears a backlog of ap­pli­ca­tions will de­lay their de­but.

“We have no idea what will hap­pen,” he said.

Not all lo­cal brew­eries have been im­pacted. Spokesper­sons for Funky Bud­dha Brew­ery in Oak­land Park, and Wyn­wood Brew­ing Co. and Con­crete Beach in Wyn­wood said they have not yet felt the ef­fects of the work stop­page.

But John Linn, Funky Bud­dha’s mar­ket­ing direc­tor,

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