Madison Courier staff, Associated Press

While some breweries, wineries and distilleries across Indiana and Michigan are experiencing delays in label production because the agency that issues permits is hung up in the partial U.S. government shutdown, Madison’s two breweries are not feeling the impact.

Mad Paddle Brewery’s owner Jerry Wade said his recently-opened company is not being affected.

“When you develop a new design, it has to be submitted for approval...this would draw a halt to your beer can being approved,” Wade explained. “There will be tons of labels that will not be approved.”

“For Mad Paddle, there are zero issues for now.”

Wade said that since he is selling beer primarily in-house — not canned in the liquor stores — the slowdown does not affect them. “If you were applying for your permit — let’s say a two-month process — if they’re not working, that would delay the permit.”

Wade’s company filed its newest release, a brew they’ve called, “‘Some Came Hopping,’ Hazy Kiwi IPA” — a tribute to the film “Some Came Running” produced in Madison in the 1950s — early enough for its release today. Wade said that if the company had waited to file for approval until now, with the hope of the product’s release in one month, there would be a hold-up.

The North Madison Brewing Company said it has not entered the stage of submitting product designs for approvals yet, so the shutdown will not affect the soon-to-open brewery on Madison’s hilltop.

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau issues permits that allow businesses to open, craft a new beer or wine, or create labeling for a product. That agency is now closed.

Some businesses have delayed opening while they wait for permits from the agency. Jason McKeever has been waiting to launch City Wineworks in Peru, Indiana, since he signed a building lease in September. The business has the permits to make and sell beer, but it’s still waiting on permits to make and sell wine.

“It’s extremely frustrating, because our money going out doesn’t stop,” McKeever said. “We still have to pay our lease and utility bills. But there’s no money coming in. It’s a little stressful — and a lot scary.”

Others business owners have delayed launching new recipes as they wait for formulas to be approved. Jack Sramek, the head brewer at Tin Man Brewing in Kokomo, Indiana, planned to test new beers featuring hibiscus and hemp.

“If it keeps up like this, it looks like we won’t be able to make it for a while. I’ll just have to keep this in my back pocket and wait to brew them,” Sramek said.

And once the bureau re-opens, there will likely be a backlog of applications to be processed, which has businesses owners worried, including Jeff Lemon, a partner at Lemon Creek Winery in Berrien Springs, Michigan.

“They’re already somewhat short-handed,” Lemon said. “There’s been a lot of new wineries and breweries, not just in Michigan but across the country. I think they’ve been pretty maxed out with their staff and this obviously is going to get them behind a little more.”

The now third longest shutdown in U.S. history started Dec. 21 after President Donald Trump refused to sign a bill that would have fully funded the government because it didn’t include $5.7 million for a border wall.