We've found another group directly impacted by the government shutdown, craft brewers.

A small-time brew operation in Roanoke says the budget battle in Washington is not going down so smooth.

Roanoke Railhouse Brewer Steve Davidson is like a lot of business owners these days -- frustrated with waiting.

That's because he and thousands of other craft brewers around the country have seen all of their future plans go into limbo.

The government shutdown closed a little-known agency, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau.

If you go to, you get a message saying information on the website may not be updated. The government employees who approve all applications for things like new additions or new beer recipes are gone. Davidson wants to bottle a larger size of one of his beers. But his label application is on hold.

“In one of the projects that we're trying to get rolling by the beginning of the year, and the lead time on printing and packaging is such that. And it all starts with the label that goes on the bottle,” Davidson said.

He says if the shutdown lasts only a few weeks he should be OK. But if it drags on for a month or longer, he may miss the window his distributors want his new product to be available.

To put it simply, one could think of this shutdown as basically stopping business indefinitely for anyone who didn't have certain paperwork in place back in mid-August, says Paul Gatza, the director of the national Brewers Association.

But Davidson is focusing on brewing more of his local beer, not on the latest developments in Washington. That leaves him with a bitter aftertaste.

“I am not going to frustrate myself watching those idiots,” Davidson said.