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Bloody Way to Get Beer

It’s like vampires, only different. Instead of drinking blood, giving your blood will get you a drink of Hop Valley beer.

Lane Blood Center and Springfield’s Hop Valley Brewing Co. have teamed up once again this winter for their third “Give a Pint. Get a Pint” promotion, which wraps up Jan. 17 in the brewery’s parking lot.

Since Dec. 10, those of legal drinking age who registered with Lane Blood Center and gave blood have been given a free glass and voucher for a free pint redeemable at Hop Valley Brewing. Donated blood will go to hospitals around Lane County.

January is National Blood Donor month and the need for donations this month is high, according to Kristi McElhinney, marketing and communications specialist at the center.

“We particularly need O positive and A positive,” she said.

On Jan. 17 a LBC blood mobile will be parked in the Hop Valley parking lot at 980 Kruse Way off Gateway Boulevard in Springfield where donors can climb aboard, give blood and then wander into the brewery with their voucher.

The beer-blood drive will become an ongoing tradition, said McElhinney, one that is expected to bring out at least 30 to 40 people this year. 

Those interested can schedule an appointment on the Lane Blood Center website. The blood mobile will be accepting donations between 3 and 7 pm. Go to http://wkly.ws/15r or call 484-9111 for more information.