At five o’clock on Friday, February 12th, Oregon’s most powerful public radio station, KLCC, opened the doors of the Lane County Event Center for its annual Microbrew Festival.
The festival attracts over 80 local breweries, bringing more than 200 different beer choices for visitors to sample. For the 2016 festival, 20 breweries collaborated, creating 10 unique drafts for the Iron-Brewer contest, in which the contestants were required to use one of five particular ingredients, drawn randomly from a hat.
Along with a labyrinth of extravagant brewery booths to wander through, the festival also includes a large, used record and CD sale, and live musical performances each night. Portland-based band, My Brothers and I, opened the festival stage Friday night, while Goldfoot, another rose-city group, will perform Saturday night at 7:30 PM.
Admission to the festival is $15 per entry and includes two beer tickets; each additional ticket costs only $1. All proceeds help provide KLCC with vital funding for the rest of the year. Kyle Hughes, KLCC Development Associate, stated, “This weekend is huge. It accounts for about ten percent of our annual revenue.”
The festival continues Saturday, February 13th, from 1-11 PM.