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Government Shutdown Puts New Nashville Brewery on Ice - Eric Alvarez

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.--The government shutdown in Washington D.C. is stunting growth business growth, Nashville breweries say.

Scott Swygert has a dream called Honky Yonk Brewing Company, which he plans to open in Metro Center in 2014.

It's a dream two years in the making that cost the former home builder and the investors who believe in him more than half a million dollars, but now that dream has fallen flat. 

The government shutdown means neither he nor any other start-up brewery can get approval from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau to sell beer.

[When] you're starting a business, there's a million hurdles already, Swygert said.  You don't want to find out there's a hurdle because people in Washington can't agree on a budget.

While the government shutdown is causing big problems for start-up  breweries, those that have been up and running for a while like Yazoo, in downtown Nashville are hoping a small problem doesn't get any bigger.

"I mean personally, Id like to see it resolved, said Alan Fey, Yazoo tap room manager.

Fey says right now business is good, but if Yazoo wants to bottle a new recipe and ship it out of state, it'll have to wait for the shutdown to end.

Fey says even under fully functioning system, paperwork for new labels can take months to process and the shutdown is a looming cloud that could cause a downpour any minute.

"If its something that's even just in the next month or so, still isnt resolved it's going to have pretty serious effects here in Nashville," Fey said.

And if the shutdown doesn't end soon, Swygert's half-million dollar dream might fizzle out.

I could be stuck brewing test batches and drinking them myself, Swygert said.

Swygert says he hopes the government shutdown will end soon so he can have his brewing operation up and running in Metro Center by the end of the year.

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