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Waiter, There’s a Government in My Beer!

The shutdown might delay new beers.

by
Sarah Hoyt

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October 15, 2013 - 12:00 pm
Government officials -- proceed with care!  We had an entire revolution over tea!

Government officials — proceed with care! We had an entire revolution over tea!

Now this just turns this small-l libertarian into a raging uppercase Libertarian.

The shutdown theater has blocked our veterans from their monuments, allowed thuggish park rangers to terrorize visitors to Yellowstone, and even caused park rangers to block lanes of a highway to stop people from pulling over to look at Mount Rushmore.

But enough is enough and this is going too far!

According to the Washington Times:

The government agency in charge of approving new breweries, recipes and labels is on furlough, leaving in limbo the ability of suds-makers to get their brews on store shelves.

And that means beer connoisseurs who like to constantly try out new samples may have to make do with the presently approved stocks.

“My dream, this is six years in the making, is to open this brewery,” said Mike Brenner, a beer maker who was hoping to open his brewery business in Milwaukee by December, The Washington Post reported. But that’s all on hold because of the government shutdown — and the delay may cost him big, to the tune of about $8,000 each month.

“I can’t get started because people are fighting over this or that in Washington,” he said. “This is something people don’t mess around with. Even in a bad economy, people drink beer.”

The agency in charge of processing his application is the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau.

In my more radical moments, I’ve been known to agitate for the abolition of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. (You only think that no good arguments can be made for that. And you can only think that if you believe that only the government saves us from individual larceny and dishonesty. And, as my colleague, fellow Baen author Michael Z. Williamson, is fond of saying, that name should belong to a convenience store, not a federal bureau.)

It’s not something we normally make a big point of, though, because it takes too long to explain.

But now they’ve gone too far. They’re delaying the beer!

I have two observations: government involvement in beer regulation is a bridge too far, and if you believe that government regulation of beer is essential, you certainly cannot consider it a non-essential service.

Either way, it’s time to get the government out of our beer!

Sarah Hoyt lives in Colorado with her husband, two sons and too many cats. She has published Darkship Thieves and 16 other novels, and over 100 short stories. Writing non-fiction is a new, daunting endeavor. For more on Sarah and samples of her writing, look around at Sarah A. Hoyt.com or check out her writing and life blog at According to Hoyt.com.

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I remember reading somewhere that, during WWII, the German government ruled that brewing was an essential industry.
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COME MIERDA, SWEETY.
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They also regulate the hell out of beer labels. There was one instance where a printing error led to labels being slightly off the approved colors, and the BATF swept in and confiscated the beer, suspended the brewery's license, and applied a hefty fine. (Partly as retaliation because the brewery had pushed back on some things earlier).
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The Bavarian Reinheitsgebot of 1516 specified what could and could not be included in beer. The law is still basically observed throughout Germany and results in some very good beer.
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Sounds good... who enforces that in Germany?
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and milk. And honey. And ilvestock... the Constitution gives FedGov NO AUTHORITY to say a thing about what we put into our bodies. And the whole concept of "if it goes from one state into another" is another farce.... research the Filburn case, US Supreme Court, about 1934, the "bedrock" upon which FedGov now claim "authority" to meddle in anything that did, could, or didn't, travel interstate. Total bunkum, yet WE THE PEOPLE allow their insane over-reach to continue. FedGov have NO BUSINESS meddling wiith this. Or a host of other issues into which they meddle constantly. Time to remind them of where their limits fall.
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I remember reading somewhere that, during WWII, the German government ruled that brewing was an essential industry.
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Furthermore I recall reading injured English, American and other WW II allied troops attributed their QUICKER recovery to get back to the front lines to Guinness.

My father in-law has never been able to keep weight on. Whereas his doctor RECOMMENDED he'd have a dark beer, preferably Guinness with dinner!

Had 3 of 'em yesterday when watching the Republic of Ireland FINALLY win a football match vs Kazakhstan.

Sadly Keane & company are out of the WC qualifiers.

Nonetheless EVERYDAY is a 'Lovely Day For a Guinness'.
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One wonders how, absent 9 unelected strainers-at-gnats and one supreme leader who's unconstrained by the Constitution and laws, the federal gubmint has authority over beer brewed and sold entirely within a single state. I'm afraid we've lost the protection of the Constitution, and there's not really anywhere to go from here. Disobedience of one from or another may become the only recourse.
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And I'm (slightly) offended that this article was written by a lady! (Does commercial beer have to be politically correct now?)
The absolute only thing I ever heard that Jimmy Carter did right was approve larger batches for home brewers. And that's where the true artisans currently reside.
My local beer & spirits retailer, has so many choices of beer, that I could go for years before I have to repeat drinking a brew, and by that time I'd have rinsed out my memory of that selection.
And there are limited and seasonal releases to add to these.
Commercial brewers of "craft beers" are popping up like weeds. And some of the brews actually taste like they have been fermented with weed of some variety.
I have to agree that the commercial brewer be monitored for sanitary and fitness for public consumption.
If you've ever smelled the fermenting of some of these beers, you'd swear there was a sewage leak somewhere.
But, succeeding in any business is learning to survive and conquer obstructions.
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The BATF is the legacy of yet another attempt by vigorous do-gooders to do their good unto us.
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Among the strategic errors of Obama: showing us that rather than needing the Federal government, we are better off without it.
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