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Government Shutdown Affects Local Breweries

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The shutdown is affecting local breweries.

Our crews went to Marshall Brewery in Tulsa to see how problems in Washington are changing their business.

They say they're ready to launch a limited-release stout, but are waiting for the government's approval for the label.

The label is a way to make sure what they advertise is what they're delivering, which protects the consumer. "We believe it's important for the government to regulate the label," says Wes Alexander, director of sales and marketing. "That way, we've got a level playing field for all breweries across the United State and everyone is on message that this is what is in the bottle," Alexander says.

The only problem is that the shutdown will build up a backlog of files, which could hurt sales.

"This is a big, dark, Russian imperial stout. It's a beer we brewed for the winter season, so if we were to see this beer held until spring until we had a label approval, it might not go as well in the market," Alexander says. "People typically are looking for lighter beers in the spring and summer."

The beer's taste could change if it sits too long.

Alexander also said new breweries applying to open will have their paperwork backlogged.

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