Kirk Siegler reports for NPR, based out of NPR West in California.
Siegler grew up near Missoula, MT, and received a B.A. in journalism from the University of Colorado. He’s an avid skier and traveler in his spare time.
Thousands of craft beer makers, distributors and just plain beer fans are descending on downtown Denver Thursday for the start of the annual Great American Beer Festival.
The event's 40,000 public tickets sold out in just a few days — an indication of how well this growing industry is doing even in a poor economy.
Nearly 150 small craft breweries have opened their doors in the U.S. this year, including Pateros Creek Brewing Co. in the craft beer mecca of Fort Collins, Colo.
At home improvement stores around the country, sales of compact fluorescent and LED light bulbs have risen steadily recently.
But at a Lowe's in suburban Denver, salesman Jim Thurber says that lately, sales of incandescent bulbs are also up.
"I've had people come in and stockpile these things because they're afraid they're going to lose them," he says.
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