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Jan 26, 2019

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PODCAST: The Government Shutdown chokes small breweries, and how to name your home brew beers.

Welcome to our new "Small Batch" format (approx. 30 minutes) that features a shorter show where we talk about craft beer and home brewing news, beer related events, home brewing tips, new music and we taste some new beers, of course!

Yes, as we post this podcast, the knuckleheads in Washington DC have opened the government for 3 weeks, but the longest partial government shutdown in US history had an impact on small and independent craft breweries. The closure of the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau has created a similar abundance of requests for Brewer’s permits and created a backlog of Certificate of Label Approval (COLA) requests, all costing breweries, related businesses and their communities a huge hardship. the crew spells it all out in less than 10 minutes!

We also shared that the 2019 National Homebrew Competition (NHC) Open Enrollment Application Starts January 22, 2019 at 10 a.m. MT and closes on January 29, 2019 at 3 p.m. MT., visit for more details. And speaking of home brew, Mike runs down a handy list of things every home brewer may want to consider when their naming their beers...just don't name it after any current government officials as they tend to leave a bad taste in your mouth.

Thirsty? It wouldn't be a beer podcast without beer, so we take in some samples of 10 Barrel Apocolypse IPA, Sierra Nevada Brut IPA, Left Hand Death by Disco Porter. All three were excellent and highly recommended if your out and about. And speaking of getting out, Kent turns us on to a young rock-n-roller named Jake O'McCluskey. #drinkitup