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KUSA - Those who brew their own beer have their own week to celebrate in Colorado. Monday is the start of Colorado Craft Beer Week.

The Colorado Brewers Guild puts on the events throughout the week. The guild was founded in 1995. Now nearly 20 years later, the majority of craft breweries and brewpubs represent more than 95 percent of craft beer production in the state. There are currently 160 members and it is continuing to grow.

9NEWS Business Reporter Gregg Moss spoke with Steve Kurowski from Denver Beer Company on Monday. Kurowski says there are several reasons why Colorado is a great market for craft beer.

"No. 1 we have an amazing legislative system in Colorado that lets our brewers be profitable small businesses and stand up. There are other states that are trying to emulate what we have here from a legislative standpoint," Kurowski said.

"Also in Colorado, we really feel that people like to know who makes their products. They like to know who makes their coffee in the morning and their bagels, and they certainly like to know who makes their beers in these wonderful, small breweries that are in Colorado. It's that personal connection that I think people are really gravitating to."

The craft beer community is also a boost for the state's economy.

"Craft beer accounts for 5,000 full-time jobs in the state of Colorado, which is very significant. These are a lot of very small businesses, independently owned businesses that are creating a lot of jobs for their communities," Kurowski said.

There are about 100 events taking place March 18 through 24. They will be celebrating across the state including Denver, Loveland, Fort Collins, Boulder, Durango and more.

For a full list of events visit www.coloradocraftbeerweek.com.

Morgan Aguilar contributed to this report.

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