Government stalemate brews problems for alcohol drinkers

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The government shutdown is starting to shut down what you can drink, hitting the alcohol industry in Kansas City.

There are at least five new breweries that have either opened up in the last month or are about to open in the Kansas City metro area.

The federal shutdown has closed Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, a branch of the U.S. Treasury that is necessary for new brewers to open their doors.

The bureau approves new breweries, recipes and labels.

Owner of the Kansas City Bier Company, Steve Holle, said without the bureau, his anticipated December opening in Waldo may be delayed.

Holle, formerly in commercial real estate, said he has big dreams for his new brewery.

"We're going to have a beer garden that wraps around the front and along the side right here along the Trolley Trail and we'll have tables and chairs out here too," he said.

Boulevard Brewery and Amigoni Winery said they too will be affected in a few weeks when they need government approval to roll out any new brews and labels.

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