|The Hairy Eyeball|
Read this article to see how the .gov shutdown is impacting small craft brewers. Some pretty well known ones are weighing in: Lagunitas, New Belgium and Lakefront are three.
Time is money, especially for small craft brewers, and according to the story, the government was taking up to 75 days to approve various applications--and that was BEFORE the shutdown.
As one brew guy put it: "Wanna regulate? Perform or get out of the way!"
That seems to be a good message for the Washington, DC crowd these days.