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Government shutdown affects local brewery in Las Vegas

Posted at 10:50 PM, Jan 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-17 01:54:32-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The partial government shutdown is putting at least one local brewery in Las Vegas in a bind.

If you want to drink beer from Able Baker Brewing Company, you can!

But if you want to get a taste of their new flavors, you are out of luck - with the shutdown to blame.

"It's a little frustrating it's a matter of bad timing," owner James Manos said.

He opened the company two years ago and distributes within the valley. However, those new tastes are on hold.

"A lot of our permitting and licensing is held up. Our opening date has been pushed back. Our ability to create new product has also been pushed back," Manos said.

Currently, Able Baker Brewing Company makes their beer at a facility with other local brewing companies and is looking forward to getting through the government shutdown for the expansion.

For the past year, he’s been working on expanding to a new facility, but those plans are on hold.

Mike Bindrup works at Nevada Small Business Development Center and is offering business counseling.

Bindrup said local businesses were getting hit hard since federal grants were being stalled due to the shutdown.

"Businesses that deal with compliance like federal labeling on products, the kind of product that goes through the U.S Food and Drug Administration, that's where the labeling has stopped for the time being," Bindrup said.

He thinks it'll take some time after the government opens, for local businesses to get back on their feet.