• Government shutdown causing holdups at some breweries

    By: Brittney Donovan , Action News Jax


    Inside Atlantic Beach Brewing Co., they’re busy boiling a batch of Hopsecco, a Brut-style IPA.

    “We’ve got three cans in market right now and we’ve got several LTOs,” Spencer Horn said. "Right now we’re filling some additional volume because Publix is starting to put our cans in stores."

    Horn is general manager and co-owner of the brewery. He said they already have those LTOs — or limited time offer beers – approved by the federal government.

    “Everyone else that is planning out new items for this year are on hold,” Horn said.

    The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau issues brewer licenses and must approve new beer recipes and labels before they can be sold in stores and restaurants.

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    Those approvals are now on hold because of the government shutdown.

    Horn said breweries in the process of opening their doors are likely affected most by the shutdown.

    “They have to delay two or three more months -- that’s a lot of money the breweries have to come up with,” Horn said. “From a rent standpoint, mortgage standpoint and paying employees.”

    Action News Jax called several local breweries to find out if any have been impacted. We haven’t yet heard of any delays.

    Horn says it’s business as usual at Atlantic Beach Brewing, for now.

    “Luckily we’re OK for at least through the spring,” Horn said. “It won't impact us until later in the year but there’s a lot of guys I talked to that are impacted and unfortunately it’s what we have to deal with right now."

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