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Government shutdown affecting craft beer industry in Wisconsin

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - In Heaven, there is no beer -- and in Wisconsin, there could be less beer if the federal government shutdown keeps dragging on. 

That's because the Treasury Department's bureau for alcohol and tobacco trade has stopped considering applications from craft brewers. 

Mike Brenner tells one news outlet he wants to open a new craft brewery in Milwaukee by December -- but his applications for a tasting room and four labels are on hold right. He said he would lose about $8,000 each month his plans are delayed. 

Also, Milwaukee's Lakefront Brewery is waiting on applications to package a dark ale, and create a sour cherry dark lager that an employee came up with.

The brewery says it has not lost money over the matter just yet -- but it could happen if the shutdown doesn't end soon. 

Brenner says the Washington politicians don't seem to care how much damage they're causing.