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Distillery owners can't open as partial government shutdown continues

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Jefferson Street Whiskey Company in Paducah is already distilling its product Jefferson Street Whiskey Company in Paducah is already distilling its product
The company can't actually fill its glasses because of the partial government shutdown The company can't actually fill its glasses because of the partial government shutdown

PADUCAH, Ky. (CNN) -- The partial government shutdown is causing problems for distillery owners across Kentucky.  Many of them have permits, but can't receive permission to open for business because of the partial government shutdown.

John Ingram, the co-owner of Jefferson Street Whiskey Company in Paducah, explains, "We can't sell anything because the government has not yet approved our labels."

Everything in the new storefront is ready to go except the bottles to sell the whiskey.  The owners have their federal permit and their state license, so it's legal for them to start distilling.  But the bottles are empty for now.  Ingram says, "If it wasn't for the government's problems, we would be in business now. We'd be selling."  Maybe get back some of that fortune that we put into this business."

Denise Story, also a co-owner, adds, "

The process usually takes 30-40 days when the government is open and operating, so it could be weeks that Jefferson Street Whiskey Company will stay closed.  "It will be a while before we can sell to the public.  The longer they sit the longer we sit."

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