February Rewind: Microbrew Festival

February Rewind: Microbrew Festival »Play Video
The Ninkasi Brewing crew brought a custom foosball table for guests to enjoy.

EUGENE, Ore. - The annual KLCC Microbrew Festival was held in the Exhibit Hall at the Lane Events Center earlier this month.

The event was hosted by KLCC 89.7, the local Eugene-area NPR affiliate and is their main yearly fundraiser.

Fifty-seven breweries were in attendance, with booths staffed mainly by volunteers organized by the radio station. Festival volunteers work a 4-5 hour shift and receive free beer tickets for their time.

Regular admission was $15 at the door and included a KLCC glass and three beer tickets. Additional tickets could be purchased inside the event.

In addition to the beer tasting, a major part of the fundraising was accomplished through a used CD and record sale. Albums were donated to the radio station throughout the year and then put up for sale at the Microbrew Festival.

“Every year there are people lined up outside for the opening on Friday,” said host of KLCC's All Things Considered, Angela Kellner. “Many will pay the entry fee and never even drink a beer. They're here just for the record sale.”

Live music was on stage for the festival, with Sol Seed playing Friday night, and with The Porch Band and Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside playing Saturday.