KLCC Microbrew Festival, Eugene

This weekend—Friday and Saturday the 8th and 9th to be exact—is the KLCC Microbrew Festival over in Eugene (Oregon). From 5 to 11pm each day, it’s at the Lane Events Center Exhibit Hall (796 W 13th) and costs $10 admission. Tasters are $1.

(There’s also a homebrew competition; it’s a $10 entry fee but you get subsequently get free entry to the ‘fest.)

This is a big deal for Eugene. KLCC is the Public Radio station over there, and they put on a good fest; just check out this list of beers to see what I mean:

Alaskan, Juneau AK – Amber & IPA
Anderson Valley, Boonville CA – Boont Amber & Double Nickel Imperial IPA
Anheuser-Busch, St. Louis MO – Bareknuckle Stout & Shock Top Wit
Ayinger, Aying, Germany – Brau Weisse & Ayinger Marzen
Belhaven, Scotland – Scottish Ale
Big Sky, Missoula MT – Powder Hound & Moose Drool
Bridgeport, Portland OR – Beertown Brown & Bridgeport IPA
Calapooia, Albany OR – Chili Beer & Kringle Krack Strong Ale
Cascade Lakes, Redmond OR – Monkey Face Porter & Bald Mt. Bock
Deschutes, Bend OR – Green Lakes Organic Ale & Abyss Imperial Stout
Dogfish Head, Milton DE – 60 Minute IPA & Indian Brown Ale
Eugene City, Eugene OR – Honey Orange Wheat & 100 Meter Ale
Full Sail, Hood River OR – LTD 01 & Slipknot Imperial IPA
High Street, Eugene OR – Heavy Hand Strong Ale & Oat Stout
Hopworks Urban, Portland OR – Organic IPA & Organic HUB Lager
Kona Brewing Co., Kailua-Kona HI – Longboard Lager & Pipeline Porter
Lagunitas, Petaluma CA – Hop Stoopid & Czech Pils
Lang Creek, Marion MT – Mandarin Orange Hefeweizen & Cherry Porter
Laurelwood, Portland OR – Organic Free Range Red & Vanilla Porter
Lindemans, Vlezenbeek, Belgium – Framboise Lambic & Pomme Lambic
Lompoc, Portland OR – Proletariat Red & Strong Draft
Lost Coast, Eureka CA – Double Porter & Downtown Brown & Great White
MacTarnahans, Portland OR – Amber & Blackwatch Porter
Mad River, Blue Lake, CA – Steelhead Extra Pale & Steelhead Double IPA
Mendocino, Ukiah CA – Red Tail Ale & White Hawk IPA
New Belgium, Fort Collins CO – Springboard Ale & Tripple
Ninkasi, Eugene OR – Tricerahops Double IPA, Oatis Oatmeal Stout, Lady of Avalon Dark German Lager
North Coast, Fort Bragg CA – Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout & Brother Thelonius Belgian Abbey Ale
Oregon Trail, Corvallis OR – Ginseng Porter & Wit
Pelican, Pacific City OR – India Pelican Ale, Tsunami Stout, MacPelicans Wee Heavy Ale & Doryman’s Dark Ale
Pyramid, Seattle WA – Thunderhead IPA & Snowcap Ale
Redhook Ale Brewery, Woodinville WA – Copperhook Spring Ale & Long Hammer IPA
Rogue Ales, Newport OR – Chocolate Stout & Kell’s Irish Lager
Roots Organic, Portland OR – McAdams Milk Stout & Island Red
Sierra Nevada, Chico CA – Pale Ale & ESB (Early Spring Beer)
Siletz, Siletz OR – Chocolate Porter & Winter Warmer Ale
Skagit River, Mount Vernon WA – Scullers IPA & Dunkelwiezen
Southern Oregon Brewing, Medford OR – Pale & Porter
Steelhead, Eugene OR – Behemoth Strong Ale & Wiley Rye.P.A.
Stone, San Diego, CA – Oaked Arrogant Bastard, Ruination IPA, Stone IPA & Arrogant Bastard
Strongbow Cider, Hereford, England – Strongbow Cider
Wakonda, Florence OR – Beachcomber Creme Ale & Timberbeast IPA
Widmer Brothers Brewing Co., Portland OR – W’08 Crimson Wheat, Drop Top Amber Ale & Widmer Hefeweizen
Willamette, Eugene OR – Amber, IPA, Hefeweizen & Espresso Stout
Wolavers, Middlebury VT – Oatmeal Stout & Brown Ale
Wyder’s Cider, Kelowna, BC, Canada – Pear Cider & Raspberry Cider
Young’s, London, England – Double Chocolate Stout

Yes, that’s a lot of beer. In addition, all the Eugene brewers get together and brew a "Collaboration" brew: this year it’s a Bavarian Dunkelweizen. How it works is, five brewers (Eugene City, High Street, Ninkasi, Steelhead, & Willamette Breweries) each brew this Collaboration recipe, and you can compare all five of them together.

This is definitely a festival I want to go to someday. This year—not so much. Not because I don’t want to; rather, between having plans this weekend and the terrible driving conditions over the mountains, it just wouldn’t work out. Maybe next year!

One Response to KLCC Microbrew Festival, Eugene

  1. Tim says:

    I went to this event. A wild brawl of beer and wine barbarians all crawling over themselves for a single keg, not really, but it sure seems like it. I came away with some really cool beer and wine bags, however, that impressed me as being quite unique. As a programmer, I really dig this pouch for traveling to a beer fest.

    I looked up the company WineBags.Com and found out they are producing some really cool beer and wine totes for the outdoors, along with other exotic bags for beer lovers at the next festival.

    Be a good idea to stop by their table at the coming fest, they are from Oregon, I’m sure it will be filled with wine bags and wine gift paraphernalia as it was last time. Email them for exact details at: wines@winebags.com. Check out their website at: http://www.winebags.com