WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Every year, members of the Cape Fear Craft Beer Alliance collaborate to release a new beer at Craft Beer Week. It’s made available in cans and on draft at breweries, bars and bottle shops. Due to the partial government shutdown, the labels for 2019′s new beer this year could be in jeopardy.
Breweries that produce a new beer have to get state label approval before it can be packaged, according to Jeremy Tomlinson, president of the Cape Fear Craft Beer Alliance. Part of the North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission’s process requires that the brewery submit and get approval to the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB).
The TTB is closed as part of the partial government shutdown.
If the shutdown doesn’t end soon, the Cape Fear Craft Beer Alliance likely will not be able to submit the label for the annual brewery collaboration beer that is typically released during Craft Beer Week at the end of March.
The labels have to be ordered this week in order to be printed in time for its release. The alliance is now deciding on whether it should print the labels now and hope the TTB doesn’t have any issues, or just skip canning all together.
Craft Beer Week is the week of March 22 to March 31. A portion of sales will go to start an emergency relief fund for the staff of the member businesses.
The Cape Fear Craft Beer Alliance is made up of several Wilmington-area businesses. You can learn more about it and see a list of members here.