Government Shutdown Screws MIA Brewing, Schnebly, and Others

Categories: Booze Hound

David Minsky
The shutdown is affecting not only startups such as MIA Brewing but also established breweries.
The government shutdown has put some Miami start-up breweries on hold, at least those who have applied for federal permits. Indeed, brewers and even wine and spirits makers, are being affected in some way.

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The shutdown has closed the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), the wing of the U.S. Treasury that processes federal applications for brewers. MIA Brewing Company has been particularly affected. Eddie Leon and his partners recently acquired their building permit from the City of Doral. They recently held a ground-breaking party at the brewery to celebrate, smashing out walls and releasing a little aggression over what the shutdown is doing to the brewing industry.

"All we can do is construction," Leon said.

Even though Wynwood Brewing has opened and is brewing, the TTB closure has slowed approval for new recipes and labels, which usually takes about 45 days, according to Wynwood Brewing owner Luis Brignoni.

The shutdown hasn't affected Johnathan Wakefield's brewing operation yet because he has not applied for any permits. Same with 4th Age Brewing. Gus Chacon from Biscayne Brewing says his company is not being affected.

Peter Schnebly from Miami Brewing Company said the shutdown isn't messing with his brewing operations but is having an impact on his wine business.

Schnebly says that online sales are being affected in states where his company has recently submitted permits to sell wine. ShipCompliant, the company he uses to facilitate delivery of wine to other states, is also being affected because Certificates of Label Approval have been halted.

The good news is that brewers can still brew -- home-brew that is -- until the shutdown ends.

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MIA Brewing

10400 NW 33rd St., Miami, FL

Category: General

Wynwood Brewing Company

565 NW 24th St., Miami, FL

Category: General

Schnebly Redland's Winery

30205 SW 217th Ave., Homestead, FL

Category: General

Miami Club Rum

2320 N. Miami Ave., Miami, FL

Category: General

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Mauricio Perez
Mauricio Perez

If you're pissed, be pissed at Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. She's in bed with her fellow obstructionists.

Bill Collins
Bill Collins

It's absurd that our federal government is in the business of creating permitting obstacles for small local breweries. I don't remember seeing that in their enumerated powers.

Bilge Rat
Bilge Rat

Shit is about to get real in the 305

Pedro M Ross
Pedro M Ross

I guess that means they are officially Missing in Action due to the shutdown.

drakemallard topcommenter

where is a provisions to cut benefits/ services and lifetime health coverage, salaries for Politicians

While too many find this as some sort of virtuous sign of frugality, in fact this is a form of theft from the taxpayer. We, the People, provide Members of Congress salaries that -- while far from those of the K Street LObyist crowd -- put them at three times the average American wage, provide them free gym access (where Paul Ryan ever so loves to work on on other peoples' dimes), give them far more generous health insurance than the vast majority of their constituents have, and provide what all but the most-pampered CEO would call lavish retirement (without counting the $s from revolving door (lack of ethics) lobbying that enriches so many on leaving office)

Members of Congress sleeping in the office are thus playing on the edge to eek out even more compensation from the taxpayer. They convert use of a space -- that we have paid for -- intended for work into living space as they avoid rent.

They use resources (whether for hot plates, showers, or others) that we have to pay for in utility bills.

And, from another aspect, they hinder the economy by living in tax-free, government furnished space rather than taking their salaries to pay for living space, furniture, utilities, and other things in the private economy”

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