Federal shutdown hurts Seacoast beer industry
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There’s almost $20,000 worth of beer sitting in tanks at Woodland Farms Brewery, and owner Patrick Rowan can’t ship it out of state until the federal government shutdown ends.
With nowhere to put new beer until those tanks are emptied, Rowan said he’ll have to lay off staff at his Kittery brewery next week unless the shutdown ends first. The batch on hold was the brewery’s first attempt at shipping beer out of state, and the beer’s labeling needs approval by the federal Tax and Trade Bureau before it’s shipped across state lines.