Government shutdown impacts South Georgia breweries

Government shutdown impacts South Georgia breweries
Pretoria Fields Canning Shutdown Impact

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The government shutdown is causing a stir amongst breweries across Southwest Georgia.

Thursday marks the 20th day of the government shutdown.

Staff at Pretoria Fields are thankful that before the shutdown they put in a large can order through to their can manufacturer. This means workers aren’t waiting on any can label approvals which are controlled by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, or TTB, and currently impacted by the shutdown.

Pretoria Fields Brewery is located on Pine Avenue in Albany (Source: WALB)
Pretoria Fields Brewery is located on Pine Avenue in Albany (Source: WALB)

But the business would be affected if they were planning to can a new beer.

“It is great. Like I said, when we realized the TTB had closed down and that we already had enough cans to sustain our market and what we are expecting to distribute in the next three or four months, we were very relieved,” said Jennifer Harris, Marketing Director for Pretoria Fields.

Once the government is up and running again, Harris said they will be submitting a new can design with the Georgia Grown label on it.

Jennifer Harris, Marketing Director, Pretoria (Source: WALB)
Jennifer Harris, Marketing Director, Pretoria (Source: WALB)

But right now they aren’t in any rush.

“We’re looking to have a new release in the spring that will be in a keg, but not yet in a can. And so we’re hoping again that everything is up and functioning and running again by the time we’re ready to put another beer into another can,” explained Harris.

A case of canned Pretoria Fields beer (Source: WALB)
A case of canned Pretoria Fields beer (Source: WALB)

The TTB also approves applications for people wanting to start a business making alcohol, which is limiting many Georgians, according to the AJC.

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