Government shutdown affects the opening of Lufkin brewery

Government shutdown affects the opening of Lufkin brewery

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A craft brewery in Downtown Lufkin is in its final stages of construction.

Last quarter, they received their federal permit to operate, but with the partial government shutdown now in its third week, an obstacle is brewing.

“Where we stand now, we’ve got recipes for our beer that need to be approved and that would be our delay in getting those approved,” said Mark Hicks, owner of Angelina Brewing Company.

But this obstacle is out of the hands for Hicks. Just last month, they obtained federal permit brew beer on site.

But before they sell that beer, the recipes have to be cleared by the TTB, the federal agency of Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau.

“You know we’re very positive people and that’s the way we’ve always been. We’re going to find a way to see our projects through and get them done,” Hicks said. "Of course with the shutdown it’s sort of a hiccup along the way, if you will and I’m confident that hopefully soon they will get their differences resolved, the government will reopen and we’ll be in good shape. "

Head brewer Trey Allen explains that with the shutdown there could be a backlog of approvals waiting for the TTB once the shutdown is lifted.

“They average about 3,000 every week, so we’re approaching our fourth week that is, could be up to 12,000 applications behind,” Allen said.

Meantime, they continue to remain optimistic focusing on other parts of the construction, until the shutdown is lifted.

“In the overall scheme of things, we’re a small fish in the pond as far as others that would be affected by that. In my opinion, there’s a lot of other people affected a lot worse than we are,” Hicks said.

Plans were to open the brewery in February. But now they’re hoping to open sometime in March.

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