How the shutdown is putting the craft beer industry on hold

CNBC.com staff
Monday, 14 Oct 2013 | 12:54 PM ET
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Friday, 11 Oct 2013 | 4:00 PM ET
CNBC's Jane Wells reports from the Great American Beer Festival in Colorado. Over 700 craft brewers and 50,000 people attended.

The "Super Bowl of Beer" took place this past weekend in Denver, where nearly 50,000 people and more than 700 craft brewers attended the Great American Beer Festival. The event invites industry professionals from around the world to taste beers in various style categories—without knowing the brand name.

Amid the competition and fun, there were questions about whether the industry is growing too fast and at risk of tapping out. CNBC's Jane Wells asked Jim Koch, founder of Boston Beer, and talked with other brewers, who said the only thing stopping craft beer's growth ... is the government shutdown.

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