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Could shutdown keep beer glasses empty?

SPRINGFIELD -- It's been almost two weeks since the partial government shutdown.
SPRINGFIELD -- It's been almost two weeks since the partial government shutdown. A lot of people are out of work and frustrated because of it. As WCIA-3's Ashley Michels explains, you might also start noticing the impact in the refrigerated section.

"I really like the flavors. The taste. It's more satisfying than a regular domestic."

All across the country, the craft beer industry is exploding. In the past few years, hundreds of small-scale breweries, just like Springfield's Obed and Isaac's, have burst onto the beer scene.

"We typically have about 11 or 12 beers on tap that we make right across the street."

That's what gets people in the door.

"That's the big draw."

And, to keep them coming, craft breweries always have to think up something new to put in the kettle.

"That's the one thing I like about it. It's always something different. People making up different recipes, trying different things, adding different flavors to it."

But, the government shutdown is threatening that. The agency in charge of regulating new beer flavors is on furlough. That means you could miss out on your favorite brewery's next batch, because no one's around to approve the label.

Obed and Isaac's doesn't have to worry about that since it doesn't bottle and distribute its beer. But, for other microbreweries which do, the shutdown could be devastating.

"I bet you're going to see a lot more home brewers."

Brewers say, even if the shutdown last a lot longer, they'll find a way to keep the glasses full.

"We'll adapt and overcome. We'll just have to come up with a little bit different strategy."

Loyal customers say, not having new brews won't be the end of the beer world.

"Sometimes they're out of my favorite one, so I have to try different beers, so it's always an adventure seeing what they have on tap."

"There will be some kind of underground movement regardless of what's going on up top."

The agency is also in charge of approving permits for new up-and-coming breweries. If they don't already have all the paperwork finished, they'll have to wait until after the shutdown is over.
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