Tim Mak at The Daily Beast might have found the hardest-working man in Washington, D.C., who happens to be a critical player in the $247 billion American beer industry. Kent Martin, a regulator in the Treasury Department's Tax and Trade Bureau, approves every beer label and bottle in America. He also happens to go by the name, “Battle.”
Martin is a machine, approving about 133 labels daily.
Being a creative bunch, brewers have often battled with “Battle” Martin:
All About Beer magazine has a story about some adventures craft brewers have had in getting labels approved. One brewer got in trouble for being too patriotic:
After the 2013 federal government shutdown, some craft brewers feared that the backlog of label approvals would cut into their business.
Now that's something to talk about at your next happy hour.
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