Government shutdown brewing problems for Serdas

Mobile County

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — As the longest U.S. government shutdown in history drags on, we’re seeing more and more impacts. Breweries trying to hop in on a new Spring brew are finding they cannot serve their latest batch.

Vice President and Director of Brewing Operations at Serda Brewing Todd Hicks said, “In order for us to serve our beer and sell this into the market, we have to have this label for clear prop porter approved” 

The federal government checks over every beer label in the country. Hicks said, “Make sure there is no duplicity, or obscenity, or anything on the label.” 

But with the shutdown, Hicks said, “They can still collect the taxes, but they can’t approve a sticker.”  Hicks was really excited about introducing a new brew. He said, “It is frustrating that we really intended to hit the spring with our fourth core beer out in the market, but we’re probably going to be delayed and that is quite frustrating.” 

His frustrations are mounting, especially with no idea how much longer the shutdown could last. Hicks said, “It would be another revenue stream coming in for us. The significance of it is just we’re not going to be fulfilling some of our promises to have this beer in the market by now.”

But there is some good news. The government approved one brew before its doors closed. Hicks said, “We did get this awesome beer, Jubilator, which is our next seasonal coming out by the end of the month.” 

Hicks said the porter will be available on draft until the label issue gets resolved. But once the government opens, it’ll have to deal with label requests from breweries across the country, so there is not an idea on how long it could take.

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