Beer Man

Is Colorado the center of the "crafty" beer universe?

Colorado -- home to the Great American Beer Festival, the Brewers Association and 161 breweries -- is the center of the universe when it comes to craft beer.

But is it also the center of the "crafty" beer universe?

On Thursday, the Brewers Association, which represents small brewers nationwide, fired an oddly-timed shot over the bows of MillerCoors and Anheuser-Busch, blasting them for selling "crafty" beers without labeling them as their products.

"When someone is drinking a Blue Moon Belgian Wheat Beer, they often believe that it's from a craft brewer, since there is no clear indication that it's made by SABMiller," the Brewers Association statement read. "The same goes for Shock Top, a brand that is 100 percent owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev."

See also: - Chicago's Goose Island will brew some of its signature 312 beer in Colorado's 970 - Blue Moon cooks up chocolate bacon porter and two more beers at the Sandlot - Five things you didn't know about the Sandlot brewery at Coors Field

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Jonathan Shikes is a Denver native who writes about business and beer for Westword.
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