We’re just days away from another possible government shutdown and it may be more likely to happen after reports that budget negotiations between Democrats and Republicans in Washington broke down over the weekend.
Monday, Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer paid a visit to the Genesee Brewery partly to highlight the impact that another shutdown could have on a local business.
Any change in alcoholic beverage products that are sold across state lines has to be approved by a federal agency known as the TTB. That could halt distribution of a new hard seltzer alternative that Genesee has been working on.
“Genesee spent two years on the research and development and refining of this product they hope to put out in 40 states,” said Sen. Schumer. “This will mean jobs here in Rochester, but they can’t do it unless they get approval.”
The Genesee Brewery currently has 42 stalled applications with the TTB. That represents millions of dollars in potential sales.
Schumer says smaller craft breweries could also be impacted.