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Posted: October 9, 2013 1:09 p.m.

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Shutdown means no new craft beer


PARTY FOUL: The partial government shutdown has closed an obscure agency that approves new breweries, recipes and labels, which could create huge delays throughout the rapidly growing craft beer industry.

UNHAPPY HOUR: The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, or TTB, is a little-known arm of the Treasury Department. The agency will continue to process taxes from existing permit holders, but applications for anything new are in limbo. A woman who answered the phone at TTB's headquarters in Washington abruptly hung up after explaining that the government was shut down.

DIRE CHOICES: The closing isn't expected to have much effect on industry giants such as MillerCoors or Anheuser-Busch. They can continue to produce existing products as usual.

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