Reporter Nicole Pineda meets with one local brewery trying to open their doors for business in early December, but the government shut-down has hindered their plans. Video by IdahoOnYourSide.comvideo
Rob Landerman says timing is everything, and with his brewery set to open in the next few months, the timing of the shut-down stinks.
Rob landerman has a unique recipe for beer, and a vision. Together with a couple of partners and 35 investors, he's started the process of opening a brewery. But the government shut- down is putting the brakes on those plans.
"It's a really great time for craft beer, and it's unfortunately a very heavily regulated industry, so things like a government shut down affects the industry as a whole in a number of ways."
Landerman and his crew are renovating the old Yanke machine shop on front street in Boise. He got federal approval to start manufacturing his beer before the shut-down. But the next step is approval to sell his brews. Landerman says he tried to start that process online -- the day before the shutdown. But the website was down and he couldn't complete it. He called to get help the next day and got a message saying nobody would be available anytime in the foreseeable future.
"With them being shut down the website's shut down so you can't get approved to even get on the online system, and you can't get a hold of anyone to get anything done. So we can make beer, we just won't be able to sell it."
Landerman says, he could submit his application the old fashioned way--on paper-- but there's still no one to process it. Woodland Empire Ale is supposed to open the first week of December. But it could take anywhere from thirty to ninety days to get federal approval to start selling it.
While Landerman is financially prepared to get through these next couple of months if it takes much longer -- that could spell trouble for him.
"That pushes us back a month, it's going to affect us a great deal. So hopefully it all lines up for us."
Right now Landerman says he will continue to get everything ready for a December opening, and just keep his fingers crossed that the shut- down ends soon.