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Atlas Brew Works sues federal government over shutdown delays

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The government shutdown is not only taking its toll on the government workers not receiving a paycheck, but on America’s beer industry as well.

Washington D.C. based Atlas Brew Works is opting to do something about it. This week, the brewery filed a lawsuit against the government citing free speech issues dealing with federal label approvals. Without label approvals, Atlas, as well as the nation’s brewers cannot ship new beers out of state. No certificate of label approval, no beer across state lines.

The lawsuit frames the brewery’s labels as a form of free speech, protected by the First Amendment. By extension, the need for a “license” in order to practice free speech is unconstitutional.

Atlas Brew Works is asking the court to step in, in order to get their new seasonal releases into the market on time. Right now the clock is ticking on the brewery’s Precious One, a new apricot IPA. The lack of label approval is keeping this beer in the tanks, unable to be sold.

As of the date of this article, the government shutdown is headed into the 27th day making it the longest in U.S. history.  Democrats and the White House remain at odds over granting Trump $5 billion for a wall on the southern border of the country.

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