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Even beer is not above some low blows from the government shutdown.

The Flathead Lake Brewing Company is waiting for three things from the federal government: licensing for their new brewery in Bigfork, formula approval, and grant money--up to $180,000 meant to help fund sustainability efforts.

All three have been put on hold since the shutdown closed the necessary agencies, including the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau.

Construction, however, of the new facility remains on schedule, for now.

"If it continues to go longer and stuff like that, then it'll snowball from the federal government to the state government to our brewing process," said Greg Johnston, co-founder and owner of the Brewing Company.

Johnston still hopes to open the new brewery in Bigfork this spring.

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