A volunteer serves up tastings at the 2 Towns Brewing booth
A volunteer serves up tastings at the 2 Towns Brewing booth. More than 480 volunteers show up each year to help out with the Microbrew Festival, held this year at the Lane Events Center on Friday, Feb. 12, 2016.

A thirsty crowd enjoyed samples from 83 breweries at KLCC’s 15th Microbrew Festival held at the Lane County Events Center on Friday Feb. 12 and Saturday Feb. 13. The event has grown exponentially and was a chance for breweries to show off their concoctions to the community. Attendees had the opportunity to vote on their favorites. Some of the winning bews included Nut Crusher Peanut Butter Porter, Mojito Sour Ale, Imperial Cocoa Cow Milk Stout, and Cupid Crush Blood Orange. All proceeds from the Microbrew Festival benefited KLCC, a public radio station licensed to Lane Community College. “It is an important part of the community because it gives people an opportunity to sample beers from different breweries in one place. I also think the craft beer industry has contributed a lot to the growth of our local economy.” David Van Landingham, LCC student.