There's a brand new brewery in Dothan. It's the first of its kind in the area since the prohibition but right as 'Folklore Brewery' began to make their first brews, the government shutdown halted some of their work. Breweries across the country couldn't be approved to use new ingredients while the government was shut down and even though a deal was made to reopen the government, there's now a long backlog of requests. That means new products that would've been rolled out soon will have to be delayed for months and time is money.
"The government has run on a backlog even when operations were at full speed. With the shutdown that's basically complicated every specialty beer that involves chocolate, fruit, spices cause all of those beers have to be approved through a formula with the Tax Trade Bureau.
Despite the setbacks, the new brewery is working on its 'Wiregrass Wheat Beer' that will be sold to local distributors, bars and restaurants in the area but after production was under way for the Wiregrass Wheat they had bigger plans. Plans that will now have to be postponed.
"We were hoping to release some specialty spice chocolate beers this winter. It's put us off into spring of 2014."
It's not just new brews needing approval. It's also the ability to sell out of state. Those requests are also now backlogged.
"There are more breweries now than before prohibition that means over two thousand breweries out there have labels to be approved to trade out of their own state that includes Alabama and every Alabama brewery is going to have to face delays to distribute outside of the state."
In the meantime pate says they're staying positive. Focusing on getting local bars and restaurants to taste what they say is the freshest beer in town.