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Government Shutdown Effect On Illinois Breweries

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. Not only that, you might start noticing it in refrigerated section.

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.  Not only that, you might start noticing it in refrigerated section.

All across the country, the craft beer industry is exploding.  In the last few years, hundreds of small-scale breweries just have burst onto the beer scene.  "We typically have about 11 or 12 beers on tap that we make right across the street" says Casey Conn, Manager of Obed and Isaac's in Springfield.  "That is the big draw."

To keep customers coming out, 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 and adding different flavors to it."

But, the government shutdown is threatening that.  The agency in charge of regulating new beer flavors is on furlough and that could mean you 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 they don't bottle and distribute their beer.  But, for other microbreweries that 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".  And 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."

The agency is also in charge of approving permits for new up and coming breweries.  If they don't already have all of their paperwork finished they will have to wait to open.

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