DENVER (AP) – Convenience store owners are accusing Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper of siding with restaurants and craft brewers in a dispute over testing beer for alcohol content.

A trade group representing convenience stores accuses Hickenlooper, a former restaurant owner and micro-brewer, of “backroom cronyism” because state regulators eliminated a rule that would have required all brewers and importers to report the alcohol content of their products.

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The rules now say that state officials may test beer, but they don’t require it.

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Hickenlooper tells The Denver Post he was simply trying to streamline regulations and cut red tape.

The Colorado-Wyoming Petroleum Marketers Association, the convenience store trade group, rejects that explanation. The group accuses Hickenlooper of helping a special-interest group that helped Hickenlooper get elected.

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