Local brewery’s expansion held up by shutdown


In its first few years of operation, the Elkins based brewery Big Timber Brewing has made a name for itself around the state.  Now they’re ready to expand, but there’s a holdup: they can’t get approval from the federal government because of the shutdown.

With 13 different brews on tap and up to eight being canned at any given time, Big Timber has grown quickly from its early months as a small craft brewery.  Since then, they’ve purchased another building in Elkins to move their production, and are looking forward to amp up their production.

“We bought it in the end of February 2016.  We’ve spent a lot of time remodeling it and getting it up to snuff for beer production, and now we’re ready to use it, and we’re all pretty excited,” said President and head brewer Matt Kwasniewski.

But there’s one thing standing in their way: approval from the federal government.   Kwasniewski said the paperwork was filed months ago, but when that application was completed, there were still other issues to be cleared up.

“We had a couple more hiccups that we had to put off, so we actually put off the application a little bit, we filed it around a week before Christmas, they need about two weeks notice, and then the shutdown happened, and then the TTB who regulates us on the federal end are not processing any applications or new labels or stuff like that,” said Kwasniewski.

The new facility has much larger tanks to brew beer in, and will help increase production for all their different brews.  But while they are waiting for the government to reopen, they’re making sure everything else will be good to go when it does.

“We’re not sitting around twiddling our fingers. We’re working and making sure we’re as prepared as humanly possible for the move,” Kwasniewski said.

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