The federal shutdown is harshing our local beer supply

At the beginning of 2019, it’s kinda wild to think about all the hurdles that Oklahomans have had to jump over just to enjoy the rights to make, sell and buy beer. Over the last five years, the number of local breweries has exploded at an exponential rate, and they’ve been integral to expanding their abilities to make and sell their products. Hell, it wasn’t that long ago that you could only buy low-point beer at the source, and now they’ve got the good stuff everywhere.

Of course, nothing can come easy around these parts, and the government shutdown has thrown a pretty serious wrench into the works, one that is really affecting our beloved craft brewers. From NewsOK:

Even the beer companies are feeling the effects of the government shutdown.

An inability to submit or receive approvals for beer labels from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau during a shutdown of the federal government is interrupting cash flows for some Oklahoma breweries and limiting product availability for Oklahoma consumers.

The shutdown, which began Dec. 22, completed its 17th day Monday. President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats have yet to reach an agreement over border security funding; but far from the border, Oklahoma brewery Prairie Artisan Ales is experiencing its own form of delayed progress.

“Every month we have a new release come out, and for us it’s a pretty big deal,” said Zach Prichard, who owns Prairie and is president of Krebs Brewing Co. “We have a beer we would like to ship as early as next week. We were expecting to get the approval any day when the shutdown happened.”

Prairie has actually been one of the more vocal craft beer opponents to the federal shutdown. They tweeted about it earlier in the week:

Don’t read the replies unless you just love seeing MAGA chumps and Russian bots show their racism and speak up for a useless wall. Anyways, it was probably this viral tweet that lead to Prairie getting media coverage on MSNBC yesterday morning:

It’s worth watching the video embedded on that story, at least to see the awkward moment when a guy realizes that he missed his chance to tell Donald Trump to go fuck himself on live television.

They also show the label for the beer that Prairie is pissed about not getting to release:

Look, I’m a craft beer drinker, and this might be pretty damn tasty, but what world are we living in where it’s just expected that brewers can throw any kind of junk food into the mash tun and we call it a day? It’s 2019, and adults only want to watch comic book movies and drink cans of boozy peanut butter and jelly beers (that is an absolutely a real product that came in today at the liquor store that I work at). Like, our nation is having a debate about whether or not we should sell THC gummy bears, but the neighborhood brewery is churning out Fruit Roll-Up and Cocoa Puffs-flavored beers every week.

I digress. The real issue at hand is that we have a criminal president who’s legal team informed him that if he finds a way to grind the federal government to a halt, it can possibly slow down the increasingly intense criminal investigations that are probing his corrupt path to political office, and he’s using a slab of bricks at the southern border to hold the entire country hostage under the guise of xenophobia and nationalism.

“First, they came for the double dry-hopped IPA’s, and I didn’t speak out…”

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  1. “The real issue at hand is that we have a criminal president who’s legal team informed him that if he finds a way to grind the federal government to a halt, it can possibly slow down the increasingly intense criminal investigations that are probing his corrupt path to political office, and he’s using a slab of bricks at the southern border to hold the entire country hostage under the guise of xenophobia and nationalism.”

    Um. Yep. Sums it up in a nutshell.
    Kind of depressing. Makes me want a beer.


    1. Sounds like Lucas ingested too much 420… take that tin-foil hat off and join the winning side! Break those NPC chains and roam the world freely!


  2. Keep the beer and give me the brownies. But open the damned government up for business. Geez.


    1. But I keep being told the government isn’t a business..?


      1. I keep being told that it is. Which is why we elected businessmen as the chief executives of our country and our state. Hope it works out.


  3. Criminal President… Yeah the country would be doing so welll with HRC..


  4. Sam at Anthem is a babe.


  5. Seems like some of our MAGA trolls feel the need to defend their Messiah. As in “Yeah, but Hillary….”

    Reasonable people can disagree about the best strategy to secure the southern border between its authorized crossing points. Should it be a Great Wall of Trump from sea to shining sea, or more personnel and high tech surveillance? Or a mix of the two?

    Reasonable people can NOT POSSIBLY disagree about the plain fact that cutting off funding for Homeland Security is a stupid way to secure the southern border. Nor can they disagree that risking American lives by crippling food inspection, the TSA, and a host of other government functions is a stupid way to “protect” us from people who commit crimes at a lower rate than native-born Americans.

    What kind of representative democracy do we have when one man (in this case Mitch McConnell) can prevent one branch of government from moving bipartisan legislation forward and then moving it past a presidential veto?

    (I agree that some craft beer sounds disgusting, including the one mentioned above. I’m more of a Coop Native Amber kind of guy. But choice is what it’s all about. Right?)


  6. Could it be that It’s no longer a democracy… like they didn’t see this coming in ancient Rome… Hail Caesar


  7. Finally……an issue that will get the attention of Oklahoma voters…..BEER!

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