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Microbrew Festival

Q: When is the next KLCC Microbrew Festival?

A: February 12 & 13, 2016

Friday 5-11 p.m. 
Saturday 1-11 p.m.

Visit KLCC Microbrew Festival for further details.


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Q: How much does it cost?

A: 
Advance Tickets 
$12 includes souvenir glass, 2 complimentary beer tickets, and a special entrance!!  Tickets good for one day only.   Advance tickets are sold until 9 pm on the Thursday before the Fest.

At the Door 
$15 includes souvenir glass and 2 complimentary beer tickets.  Tickets good for one day only.

Beer Tickets
Additional beer tickets are $1 each, sold inside the event.  One beer ticket = half a glass = 3 oz taste. Cash is best inside the Fest!



 


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Q: Can I bring my child to the event?

A: No, everyone who enters the door must be 21 years old.  No children or babies.


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Q: Where do the proceeds go?

A: All proceeds benefit public radio station KLCC 89.7 FM.  This event is KLCC's largest fundraising event of the year. 

KLCC serves western and central Oregon with a blend of NPR News, local and regional news, and a variety of music not found elsewhere on the dial.  KLCC is listener-supported, and raises two thirds of its budget from the community. 

Thank you for helping us keep the FUN in fundraising and the PUB in public radio! 

 


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Q: Why do some of the beers run out?

A: Our Festival emphasizes specialty and seasonal brews, and sometimes the breweries only have one keg of a brew available.  This means the variety is wonderful, but some brews may not last throughout the weekend, especially if it becomes the "talked about" brew that draws a large crowd.  The good news is there are lots of other brews to try.  The festival usually offers about 175+ different brews!


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Q: Will there be a Homebrew Competition this year?

A: Yes there will be a Homebrew Competition before the Festival!
 
- Homebrew Competition Brochure has all the details
- Enter online 
- Submit beers at Falling Sky Home Fermentation Shop, 30 E 13th Ave, Eugene. 

Homebrew winners will be announced at the Festival at 9:00 pm on Saturday night and will be posted on the KLCC website within a few days after the Fest.  Prizes and Awards will be given out at the Fest or mailed to winners not present.  All entrants will have access to their scoring sheets after the judging.

Good luck Home Brewers!


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Q: What is involved in VOLUNTEERING?

A: ALL VOLUNTEER POSITIONS HAVE BEEN FILLED FOR THE 2016 FEST!  THANK YOU!!!

A volunteer works  a 3-4 hour shift and receives free admission to a different shift. Volunteers pour beer, sell beer tickets, work admissions, check coats, or staff the Music Sale or Merchandise Booth.

Early shift volunteers (1-5 pm and 5-8 pm) may stay and enjoy the Festival during the later shifts.  Late shift volunteers (8:00-11:15 pm) must enjoy the Festival on the opposite night, as the OLCC does not allow someone to pour beer after they have been drinking. 

Volunteers should arrive 15 minutes before their shift and expect to stay at their station until replaced.

Besides the free admission, early shift volunteers are given 2 complimentary beer tickets, and late shift volunteers are given 4 complimentary beer tickets

New volunteers must attend a Volunteer Training session before the Festival. This year's trainings are:

Tuesday, February 2, 6:00 pm
Wednesday, February 3, 6:00 pm
Saturday, February 6, 10:30 am

All trainings are held at KLCC, 136 W 8th Ave, Eugene OR  97401.  Contact microbrewfestival@klcc.org with questions.

Note:  We schedule one volunteer per booth on the early shifts.  If you wish to work near a friend, please request that in your comments when you sign up.  We will try to place you at nearby booths.



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Q: What else is there to do besides sample beer?

A: Besides tasting over 175 flavors of beer, there is live music each night, a Mega Music Sale featuring thousands of used records and CDs, brewery merchandise for sale, and beer related information. There is also the wildly popular Photo Booth! Brew Pics taken from 7-10:30 pm will be posted to the KLCC and Daily Emerald Facebook pages after the Fest.  View them all and tag yourself! 

And perhaps the best part of the Festival... socializing with several thousand fun loving craft beer appreciators! 


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Q: Can I buy tickets in advance?

A: Yes!  Advance Tickets are $12 and sold online.  Special entrance for advance ticket holders!!

Designated Driver tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance or at the door.

Note:  Advance ticket sales end at 9 pm on Thursday before the Festival.  Tickets available at the door.


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Q: Where and when can I drop off records and CDs for the Music Sale?

A: Drop off your records and CDs at KLCC, 136 W 8th Ave, Eugene (between Oak and Charnelton) during business hours, 10 am-4 pm.  We are accepting donations through 4 p.m. on Wednesday, February 10, 2016

There is free parking on 8th Ave in front of our building if available.  Ask for a donation receipt at the front counter.  Thank you very much for your donation!


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Q: When are the volunteer pourer trainings and who must attend them?

A: Every beer pouring volunteer must receive training about OLCC rules.  If you've been to KLCC's training in the last few years you do not have to come to this year's training.  If you are a new volunteer this year, you must come to one of the trainings.  Even if you have your OLCC Server's Permit, but have not poured beer at KLCC's Festival, you need to attend a session. The trainings are all located at KLCC, 136 W 8th Ave, Eugene, and last less than an hour. 

Training dates and times for the 2016 Microbrew Festival:

Tuesday, February 2, 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 3, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 6, 10:30 a.m.


 


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Q: Is the event ADA accessible?

A: Yes, the event is ADA accessible.


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Q: How can I find the beer or brewery I want?

A: There is an Event Guide listing all the Breweries and Brews at the Festival. Pick one up at admissions or at a beer ticket booth.  Booths are listed by name and booth number. The booths are identified by brewery banners, and booth numbers are located on the yellow beer description signs at each booth.  

Helpful Tip:  Beer Description signs at each booth explain the flavor and style of the beers, including ingredients and alcohol content.
 


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Q: Can I bring my own food and beverage to the venue?

A: No, only food and beverage from the designated Lane Events concessions provider is allowed on site.  Food at the KLCC Microbrew Festival is provided by Wild Duck, sold from 3 different locations inside the event. 

Here is the 2016 Menu.


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Q: Is smoking allowed?

A: Smoking and vaping are only allowed outside, 75 feet from the building.  Make sure your hand is stamped before you walk outside, and please return through the Re-Entry Doors, not the Main Entrance. 


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Q: Is there any wine or hard alcohol available at the event?

A: Nope.  This is essentially a beer event, though we now offer many ciders as well.  Soft drinks and coffee are available at concessions, but the alcohol at this event is mainly BEER... and some cider! 


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Q: Are there any gluten free beers?

A: Yes, Ground Breaker Brewing of Portland is serving gluten free beers.
 


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Q: What are the People's Choice & Sponsor's Choice Awards?

A: Festival goers are encouraged to vote for the People's Choice favorite brew at the Fest.   Look for the yellow ballots on the tables and at each Beer Ticket booth.  Enter your ballot into the jars at the Beer Ticket booths.  One per guest please!  Ballots are collected throughout the event and the winner is announced from the stage at 9 pm on Saturday.  Framed certificates are given to the top 3 breweries to hang in their pubs.

Our key sponsor, Dari Mart, also chooses a favorite beer.  The Sponsor's Choice, chosen by a panel of Dari Mart judges, will be offered at a special price at all Dari Mart stores for a period of time after the Festival.

Enjoy!


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Q: When do beer ticket sales cease and taps close?

A: We sell beer tickets until 10:45 pm each night and taps close at 10:50 p.m.  All tastings must be consumed by 11 p.m. when the event ends.


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Q: What if I need a taxi?

A: If you need a taxi to get safely home, feel free to ask a KLCC staffer to call one for you.  KLCC personnel are generally wearing a Microbrew Festival T-shirt or apron for easy identification.  Go to the admissions table or beer ticket booths and ask for someone from KLCC.  We are committed to making sure our guests get home safely. 

Oregon Taxi  541-434-8294

Here's another idea:  Let LTD be your Designated Driver!  Download LTD Day Pass Here.


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Q: Is there a long line to get in?

A: There are two entrances -- one for paying at the door and one for advance tickets.  Both lines move quickly but during peak hours (6:30-8:30 pm) things can get a bit backed up.  At each door, guests need to have IDs checked, pay admission or get a ticket scanned, and receive a beer glass & festival brochure. 

To avoid lines, purchase an advance ticket and arrive early!  If paying at the door, have your cash ready.  We do take Visa and Mastercard, but cash is best inside the Fest!!

We are committed to getting you inside the Fest as fast as we can.  Thank you for your patience!


 


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Q: What is the proper ID to get in?

A: No matter what your age, please be prepared to show proper identification in order to gain access to the Festival. Valid ID includes an Oregon Identification card, any state driver's license or ID card with photo, a passport, or a United States military identification card with photo. Note that the identification cannot be expired at the time of the Festival.


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Q: Is my ticket good for the whole festival?

A: Tickets are good for one day only.  If you attend both days you will need to purchase two tickets. 


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Q: May I come and go from the Festival?

A: Yes, be sure to get your hand stamped before you leave so you can come back later that day.  Please use only the Re-Entry Door to return to the Festival, not the Main Entrance.  

If you wish to come back for a second day you must purchase another ticket. 


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Q: What is the size and cost of a beer taste?

A: Our samples are $1 for 3 ounces of beer, which is half a glass. 


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Q: Can I ride the bus to the Festival?

A: Yes!  Let LTD be your Designated Driver.  Download LTD Day Pass Here.

Last bus leaves the Festival site at 10:31 p.m. and heads downtown to connect to other routes. 
Visit www.ltd.org to plan your trip or call 541-687-5555.


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Q: What methods of payment do you take?

A: We take cash, Visa or Mastercard.  There is an ATM in the Festival lobby.  Cash is best inside the Fest!


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Q: Are there tables and chairs? Coat check?

A: Yes, there are some tables and chairs with seating for about 150.  Occupancy is fluid and there are usually seats for those who want one.  Many people choose to wander the room instead.

For your convenience and comfort, we do provide Coat Check for $1 per coat.  Take off your coat and stay a while!



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Q: How do the beer tickets work?

A: You can purchase beer tickets at the ticket booths inside the Festival for $1 each.  Most people buy a strip of 10 tickets at once.  A beer ticket gets you a half glass of beer, equal to 3 oz.  Two beer tickets fills your glass.


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Q: What if I break my glass?

A: Come to admissions table and tell a staffer.  We will get you another glass.  (Glasses cost KLCC $1.25 each -- your donation for a second glass would be gratefully accepted!)


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Q: What about Designated Drivers?

A: Designated Drivers get in for $10 admission.  DD's are given an identifying bracelet, and do not receive a beer glass. Designated Driver tickets will be available online when tickets go on sale mid-December.  DD tickets are the same price in advance or at the door. 

Enjoy the live music and ambience of the Festival, peruse the Music Sale, and best of all get your friends home safely!!  We encourage every group of friends to bring a Designated Driver!

Here's another idea:  Let LTD be your Designated Driver!
 


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Q: Where is the Music Sale and what are the prices?

A: The Music Sale takes place inside the KLCC Microbrew Festival, so a ticket is required to get in.  You can sample beers and look through records and CDs all at the same time.  Albums are sold for $2 on Friday and $1 on Saturday.  CDs are $3 on Friday and $2 on Saturday.  Doubles and special collections may be priced higher.  All music is sold first come first served and sold as is.  Enjoy!


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Q: Where is the Festival located and is there parking?

A: In the Exhibit Hall at the Lane Events Center, 796 W 13th Ave, in Eugene (a.k.a. The Fairgrounds.)  Enter the parking lot from W 13th Ave (a one way street heading east.) There is plenty of parking available. Parking is FREE!

Here's another idea:  Let LTD be your Designated Driver!  Download LTD Day Pass Here.


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Q: Is there food at the event?

A: Yes.  All food at the KLCC Microbrew Festival is provided by Wild Duck.  There are grilled items at the Concessions Stand in the lobby, fast items at the Grab N Go also in the Lobby, and lighter items at the Snack Stand inside the Festival. View all items on this year's menu:

2016 KLCC Microbrew Festival Menu by Wild Duck

 


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Q: What time does the live music begin?

A: 2016 line up coming soon!

Music begins at 7:30 pm ends at 10:45 pm both nights.  Recorded music is enjoyed by our early Festival goers. 


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Q: What is the Collaboration Brew?

A: The Collaboration Brew is a very special part of our event.  All of the local brewers collaborate in the fall about brewing the same style of beer especially for this event.  They come up with guidelines and then each are free to make their own version of the beer.  All the brews are located at the Collaboration Booth.  Guests are encouraged to sample several and notice the subtle differences. 

The 2016 Collaboration Brew:  IRON BREWER

For this year's Collaboration Brew, 20 local breweries and taphouses randomly paired into 10 brewing "blind dates."  Five ingredients 4 spices and a sap -- were drawn from a hat and each pair took on the task of creating a tasty beer using their given ingredient.  The results are fantastic!

These 10 beers were brewed with love and enthusiasm specifically for this Festival by the talented Eugene area brewers. 

Purchase an Iron Brewer Tasting Card at the Fest for $5 to get a "half taste" sample (1.5 oz) of all 10 brews.  Get your card stamped after every taste.

More details and participating Breweries here.



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