A fight is brewing between American beer makers and the federal government over happy hour … for cows.
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For centuries, brewers have given or sold the leftover grain from the brewing process to local ranchers and dairy farmers for cattle feed. But new regulations proposed by the Food and Drug Administration threaten to end that relationship.
“The whole brewing community was shocked about it,” said Josh Deth, co-owner of Revolution Brewing in Chicago, Ill.
Deth, whose title is “Chairman of the Party,” says it’s always been a great deal for both sides. The ranchers get the grain, and the brewers get those leftovers removed from their facilities for free.
“We’re trading, giving something of value to each other and working it out. I think that’s one of the really great things, and people really hate to see the government get involved in something where they can just as easily stay out of this.”