Government Shutdown Crimps New Craft Brews

Jan 18, 2019
Gordon Evans / WMUK

The ongoing partial shutdown of the federal government has an unusual victim: local beer.

The business of brewing and selling new kinds of craft beer has come to a stop as the government shutdown continues. That’s because the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is also shut down. That means no new beers can be sold in stores.

W.W. Norton

How far back does beer go in human history? University of Pennsylvania Museum Archaeologist Patrick McGovern says it showed up quite early.

Alison Dunlap / University of Pennsylvania Museum

What came first at the dawn of human civilization: bread or beer? Patrick McGovern is betting on beer. The archaeologist at the University of Pennsylvania Museum in Philadelphia studies the deep history of fermented alcoholic beverages, and has helped recreate several of them. McGovern speaks about his adventures in "paleo-brewing" at Western Michigan University on Thursday, April 12.

File photo from Bell's Brewing

MiBiz finds that the craft beverage industry is growing up, but that’s causing some growing pains.

Shannon Long, Founder & CEO of Brew Export; Jamie Clover Adams, MDARD Director; & Jamie Zmitko-Somers, MDARD International Marketing Manager

Three Michigan beer companies plan to sell brews in China, according to the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development.

Brew Export - an international marketing group based out of Michigan - launched campaigns for Arcadia Ales, Dark Horse Brewing Company, and Greenbush Brewing Company. Brew Export expects more than 1.5 million bottles of U.S. craft beer will ship to China next year.