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The Vineyard at Hershey feeling effects of government shutdown

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MIDDLETOWN, Pa. (WHTM) -

The government shutdown is slowing the flow at a local winery and brewery.

The Vineyard at Hershey has been in business for only 19 months, but they've made huge strides during that time by innovation and constantly bringing new product for customers through their wine-making and beer-making processes.

But the feds have to give those products their stamp of approval.

"And the way this works is when you have hand-crafted ingredients, all the recipes, your labels, everything has to be approved and it needs to go to that bureau for approval," said "Merlot" Mike Wilson, one of the owners of the Vineyard at Hershey.

The shutdown has put that bureau on furlough. The folks at the Vineyard at Hershey will be counting the days until the government shutdown ends.

"Add to that when this particular bureau does get back to work, what's the backlog going to be like and how's that going to affect us introducing new products on both the beer and the wine side," Wilson asked.

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