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Craft Beer Becomes A Victim Of Government Shutdown

OK... now it's getting personal!

As the US government continues to be partially shut down, more and more are discovering how the budget funding impasse between the President and Congress is affecting their lives.

For lovers of craft beers, the shutdown means the Treasury Department, who regulates the manufacturers, can't inspect the facilities, preventing new breweries from opening and others from expanding.

Blake Crawford, who owns NJ-based Alementary Brewing, told the New York Times that besides stopping his beer output, the problem is also spreading to his suppliers.

For many, turning off the taps means their ingredients are going stale, causing a financial burden on the breweries, the Times notes.