Samuel Adams Boss Says Gov't Shutdown Affects Craft Brewing
Jim Koch, co-founder of the Boston Beer Company, said the federal government shutdown is affecting certain parts of his craft brewing company. The Boston Beer Company operates a Samuel Adams brewery in Breinigsville.
Jim Koch, the 64-year-old co-founder of the Boston Beer Company which bottles Samuel Adams beer and other products in Breinigsville, told CBS News This Morning Thursday that the ongoing federal government shutdown does have an effect on the brewing business.
"Craft brewing is very regulated," Koch said " Every time we have a new beer, we have to have a label approved, every time we have a new brewing process we need federal approval and when we have new beers ready to bring to market, we need federal approval."
New beers intended to be sold across state
lines must be approved by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau,
known in the industry as the TTB,according to a report by USA Today. The USA Today report states that federal workers must approve the
label and the beer recipe if it utilizes non-traditional ingredients. The report said that while the TTB has stopped approving new recipes and labels, brewery taxes are being levied.