Add another beer to the list of releases that is being delayed due to the last government shutdown earlier this year.
The beer in question is Clown Shoes Beer’s Druidess, an 8 percent ABV “Celtic-Style” IPA brewed with both blueberries and cranberries that will be packaged in 16-ounce cans.
In an email, Bryan Doran, regional sales manager for Clown Shoes, told Tenemu that the IPA was originally supposed to ship in March, but was delayed due to the partial government shutdown that spanned from Dec. 22, 2018 to Jan. 25, 2019 that closed the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB.) That agency is responsible for regulating labeling laws and regulations for beer and alcohol within the United States, including reviews of permits for new products and package labels for craft breweries.
Prairie Artisan Ales also had a beer release delayed due to the shutdown: Oh! Fudge, an 11 percent ABV imperial stout conditioned on brownies that were handmade in the brewery was originally scheduled to ship to retailers in January, but did not actually begin hitting shelves until late February.
According to Doran, Druidess is currently scheduled to begin shipping in March 2020.
Update (April 29, 2019) — This post was updated to include release and distribution information. It was originally published on Feb. 6, 2019.