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"I've been working so hard, and I find all these great investors. And now I can't get started because people are fighting over this or that in Washington. ... This is something people don't mess around with. Even in a bad economy, people drink beer."

— Craft brewer Mike Brenner, founder of Brenner Brewing Company in Milwaukee, Wis., in an Associated Press story about how the federal government shutdown has prevented the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (an arm of the Treasury Department) from approving permits for breweries, labels and recipes, which affects craft brewers trying to get seasonal releases to market.

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