Thanks to the government shutdown, shipments of everyone’s favorite summer elixir are stalled ahead of peak season, according to Wine Spectator.
The shutdown affects the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), which isn’t able to process label approval during the shutdown. Without the label approval, many wines are simply sitting in their tanks and barrels until the TTB can reopen and proceed with bottling and shipping.
The delays could result in a shortage of booze, especially rosé, since now is the time when winemakers are gearing up for the specialty wine’s big spring debut.
“We have 20 to 30 [labels] at the TTB that haven’t been approved yet,” Gavin Speight, vice president of Old Bridge Cellars, told Wine Spectator. “It’s going to put us back a month or so on shipping.”
The shutdown affects craft beer sales, too. Without TTB approval, new breweries can’t open and existing beers can’t be shipped across state lines.
“I’ve been joking with people that if you’re going to want a new beer coming out pretty soon, you’re going to have to drink your brother-in-law’s home brew,” Russ Klisch, founder and president of Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee, told CNBC.
These are truly desperate times.