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Microbrew Festival

Q: When is the next KLCC Microbrew Festival?

A: February 7 & 8, 2014

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  On sale now through Feb 6! 
$12 includes souvenir glass, 3 complimentary beer tickets, and a special entrance!!  Tickets good for one day only.   

At the Door
$15 includes souvenir glass and 3 complimentary beer tickets.  Tickets good for one day only.

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


All proceeds benefit public radio station KLCC.  This event is KLCC's largest fundraising event of the year.  Thank you for helping us keep the FUN in fundraising! 


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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 to the proceeds go?

A: Every penny made at this Festival helps to keep public radio station KLCC 89.7 FM financially healthy.  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 it serves.  Thank you for supporting public radio by attending this event.  


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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 100 different brews!


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Q: Will there be a Homebrew Competition this year?

A: Yes the Homebrew Competition is back for the 2014 Festival.  Submissions can be dropped off at Falling Sky Brewing, 30 E 13th Ave, Eugene.  Deadline for submissions is January 31, 2014. 

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.

NOTE:  Home Brew Competition entry deadline has passed.  The judging has been completed.  Winners will be announced Saturday night, February 8 at the Festival.  Good luck Home Brewers!


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Q: What is involved in VOLUNTEERING?

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

Early shift volunteers (12:45-4:45 pm and 4:30-8:15 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. 

Besides the free admission, early shift volunteers are given 3 complimentary beer tickets, and late shift volunteers are given 6 complimentary beer tickets

As of Feb 1 we have all the volunteers we need for the 2014 Festival.  Thanks!  See you there!!



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

A: Besides tasting over 140 kinds of beer, there is live music each night, a Music Sale featuring thousands of used records and CDs, brewery merchandise for sale, and information from groups like Oregon Brewers Guild and Women Enjoying Beer.  There is also the wildly popular Photo Booth! Brew Pics taken from 7-10 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 microbrew appreciators! 


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Q: Can I buy tickets in advance?

A: Advance tickets for this year's Festival were sold through February 6, 2014.  You can purchase tickets at the door for $15 either night of the event.  Thanks for supporting KLCC!

 


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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.  We are accepting donations through 5 p.m. on Wednesday, February 5, 2014.  There is free parking on 8th Ave in front of our building.  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 2014 Microbrew Festival:

Tuesday, January 28, 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, January 29, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 1, 10:15 a.m.


Note:  As of Feb 1 we have all the volunteers we need for the 2014 Festival.  Thanks!  See you there!!


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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.


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Q: Is smoking allowed?

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


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Q: Is there any wine or other non-beer alcohol on the premises?

A: Nope.  This is a beer event and beer is all we serve.  You can purchase soft drinks and coffee at concessions, but the only alcohol at the event is BEER.


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Q: Are there any gluten free beers?

A: Yes!  Harvester Brewing, a dedicated gluten-free brewery, will be at our 2014 Festival.

 


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Q: What is the People's Choice Award?

A: Festival goers are encouraged to vote for their 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 two 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.


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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 precisely at 11 p.m.  The venue must be vacated by 11:15 p.m.


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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. 

Here's another idea:  Let LTD be your Designated Driver -- take the bus for free! 
Click here for a bus coupon, map, and bus stop information.  Ride free to and from the Festival!


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Q: Why is there a line to get in?

A: Each guest needs to have their ID checked, pay their admission, get their hand stamped, and receive a beer glass & festival brochure.  During most of the Fest this moves along nicely, although many guests tend to arrive at the same time (6:30-8:30 pm) so it can get backed up somewhat.  We try to have as many doors and cashiers available as possible to keep the line moving. 

This year we are selling advance tickets online, and providing a separate entrance for those with an advance ticket.  If you are concerned about waiting in line, we encourage you to take advantage of the advance ticketing option.  Of course IDs will still need to be checked at that door as well. 

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 which equals half a glass. 


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Q: Can I ride the bus to the Festival?

A: Yes!  Let LTD be your Designated Driver -- take the bus for free to and from the Festival! 
Click here for bus coupon, map and bus stop information

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 or 20 tickets at once.  A beer ticket gets you one 3 oz. taste, equal to half a glass.  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 $1.30 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 $6 admission with a full paying customer.  They get to enjoy the live music and ambience of the Festival, and peruse the Music Sale.  DD's do not receive a beer glass.  DD's are given an identifying bracelet, and beer pourers are instructed not to serve anyone wearing a DD bracelet.  Note: Designated Driver tickets are only sold at the door, not online.

Thank you for getting 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 -- take the bus for free! 
Click here for a bus coupon, map, and bus stop information.  Ride free to and from the Festival!


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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 $4 on Friday and $3 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 -- take the bus for free! 
Click here for a bus coupon, map, and bus stop information.  Ride free to and from the Festival!


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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, and lighter items at the Snack Stand inside the Festival. 

View 2014 Festival Menu by Wild Duck


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Q: What time does the live music begin?

A: 2014 Live Music Schedule:
Friday 7:30 pm - Sol Seed
Saturday 7:30 pm - Hank Shreve Band

Music ends at 10:45 pm both nights. Before the live music, 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, and sometimes a few others, 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 Colloboration Booth.  Guests are encouraged to sample several and notice the subtle differences. 

The 2014 Collaboration Brew: TBA  


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