INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - In just two years, Triton Brewing Company in Indianapolis has made quite a name for itself.
“We're in about five or 600 retail locations in Indiana, and we're in about 100 locations in Ohio,” says co-founder David Waldman.
They say their secret is funky, far out flavors like 500 Monks or Gingerbread Brown.
But, Triton taps may have to slow their flow, because of the government shutdown.
“People don't understand what the government shutdown means or more important how it impacts them locally. It will impact your palate, I promise you,” says Waldman.
That’s because every recipe, logo and label, has to be approved by the Federal Alcohol, Tobacco and Taxation Board. Each process takes weeks at a time to complete.
“They oversee a lot of what we do in the way of recipe development and packaging,” says Waldman.
So, for a micro-brewery like Triton, that means they are already having to delay business deals for customers who want to place orders for spring -- now.
“They want the “Wit or Witout” you in the spring, but we're like, 'well let's see what's going to happen with the government, because we're not sure we can get it to you yet,'“ says Waldman of a company he’s working with in Ohio. “They want the federal approval number on the recipe and the packaging, so we can't do anything with the state of Ohio, anything new, until the feds get back to work.”
Brewmaster and co-founder Jon Lang says that doesn't mean the creativity stops.
“We come up with a wild idea, and then we dig around with spices and flavors,” says Lang.
But it does impact growth for a company that, despite the economy, is ready to expand what it offers, widen its distribution, hire more workers, and keep customers satisfied.
“About the last thing I thought it was going to affect was beer, says customer Mark Meier. “I hope that cooler heads can prevail and we can kind of get on the same page and we can kind of move forward,” he said.
Waldman is determined that will happen.
“The truth is we're Triton Brewing Company, and we're going to overcome, it's what we do,” says Waldman.
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