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The government shutdown has taken the buzz out breweries and distilleries in the region. As YNN's Jessica Chen reports, this comes at the same time Governor Cuomo is pushing new businesses in New York State.
PINE ISLAND, N.Y. -- The Black Dirt Distillery Company has been producing bourbons in the Hudson Valley since 2009. Business has been so good, their company is now expanding to a new facility. However, their expansion has been put on hold because of the government shutdown.
"We need to get this facility licensed before we can continue production," said Jeremy Kidde, managing partner of the Black Dirt Distillery Company.
The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, also known as TTB has been closed as a result of the shutdown. They approve the licenses, breweries and formulas.
Kidde said they were hoping to have their license approved by mid-October to start producing in their new distillery. Because of the government shutdown, that has been put on hold, forcing the facility to come to a standstill.
Kidde said as each day goes by, they lose more than $7,000 per day when they don't sell and produce.
"It’s affecting everyone from small businesses to big businesses," said Kidde.
He also said with the TTB already taking several weeks to approve applications, he said he's afraid this shutdown will set his business back even more.
"I asked them would they fast track it once it starts, she said probably not because they have to go through all this back log of work," said Kidde. "If it continues there’s nothing we can do, we can’t open," he said.