Oak Park Micro Brew and Food Review

A Record Breaking Success: 7th Annual Oak Park Microbrew and Review

August 21, 2014, Oak Park, Illinois— The 7th Annual Oak Park Micro Brew Review set a new record on Saturday, August 16, with more than 4,300 people attending the fest, not including the countless friends and family of ticket holders who enjoyed the beautiful weather and quaint downtown setting. The festival featured more than 200 unique craft beers from 74 breweries, making it the second largest craft beer festival in the Midwest and the largest zero waste craft beer festival in the world.     


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Don't miss out on your chance to enjoy a Very Important Micro Brew Review experience!

  • Start your Micro Brew at 1pm - 2 hours before the main event!
  • Hear remarks on sustainable brewing techniques from VIP sponsor, Goose Island Brewing Co.
  • Sample unique to VIP brews, kindly donated by Goose Island Brewing Co.
  • Tuck into delicious food provided by; Marion Street Cheese Market, Lake Street Kitchen, Aripo's, Mancini's, Haymarket and Wallish Wonders Unrivaled Cookies!
  • Enjoy live music and a shady seating area.

PLUS, access to the ReplicALE Project and the main fest...

ReplicAle Project

This year's ReplicAle ticket holders will sample 33 of the below brewers' take on an American Red Ale.

Participating Breweries

With 72 Brewers and 33 ReplicAle choices, this is our biggest Micro Brew Review yet!


  • 350 Brewing

  • 5 Rabbit Cerveceria

  • Ale Syndicate

  • Andersonville Brewing

  • Aquanaut Brewing

  • Argus Brewery

  • Atlas Beer Company

  • Baderbrau Brewing

  • Begyle Brewing

  • Bent River Brewing Co.

  • Berghoff Beer

  • Blind Pig Brewery

  • Blue Nose Brewery

  • Breakroom Brewery

  • Brickstone Brewing

  • Bucket List Brewing

  • BuckleDown Brewing

  • Cahoots Brewing

  • Chain O' Lakes Brewing

  • Church Street

  • Crispin Cider

  • Deschutes Beer


  • Dryhop Brewers

  • Emmett's Brewing Co.

  • Empirical Brewing

  • Finch's Beer Co.

  • Flesk Brewing

  • Flossmoor Station Brewing

  • Forbidden Root

  • Greenstar Brewing

  • Goose Island Beer Co.

  • Hailstorm Brewing

  • Half Acre Beer Co.

  • Haymarket

  • Hopvine Brewing

  • Imperial Oak

  • Lagunitas

  • Lake Effect Brewing

  • Lakefront Brewing

  • Lunar Brewing

  • Nevin's Brewing

  • New Belgium

  • Oak Park Brewing Company

  • Off Color Brewing

  • One Trick Pony

  • Perennial Artisan Ales

  • Penrose Brewing

  • Piece Brewery

  • Pigminds Brewing

  • Pipeworks Brewing

  • Pollyanna Brewing

  • Revolution

  • Rock Bottom

  • Saugatuck Brewing

  • SlapShot Brewing

  • Smylie Bros. Brewing Co.

  • Solemn Oath

  • Stockholm's Brew Pub

  • Temperance Beer

  • Ten Ninety Brewing

  • The Lucky Monk

  • Tighthead Brewing

  • Transient Artisan Ales

  • Triptych Brewing

  • Two Brothers Brewing

  • Urban Legend Brewing

  • Vander Mill Cider

  • Vice District

  • Village Vintner and Brewing

  • Virtue Cider Werk Force Brewery

  • Wild Onion Brewery




Participating Restaurants


The Kinderhook Tap

  • Gunthorp Farms Pork Belly Skewers with a fruit glaze
  • Mini Black Bean Veggie Sliders - house made black-bean burgers with a veggie compote
  • Gunthorp Farms Bratwurst with a pickled relish




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Barclay's American Grille

  • Mini Burger - grilled 2oz burger
  • Mini Pulled Pork Sandwich - slow braised pork with homemade BBQ sauce
  • Blue Cheese Chips - homemade chips with blue cheese sauce with bacon and green onions



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Mancini's Italian Bistro

  • Pizza slices
  • Gelato
  • Sausage




Khyber Pass

  • Chicken Tikka Masala
  • Saag Aaloo (vegan)
  • Channa Masala (vegan)
  • Chicken/Beef Kabobs




Marion Street Cheese Market

  • Cheese Fries
  • Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
  • Mac 'n' Cheese




 LSKB LOGO Lake Street Kitchen & Bar



 Local Sausage 

The Local Sausage

  • Chorizo
  • Andouille
  • Bourbon




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Maya Del Sol

  • Plantanos de ropa vieja - plaintain, stewed beef, pico de gallo, queso fresco, aji-amarillo drizzle
  • Guacamole & chips


Advanced purchase tickets close at 4PM on Friday, August 15th. A limited number of tickets ($55) will be available at the gate (access from Harlem Ave. & North Blvd.)

Designated drivers do not require a ticket - Parking map

Breweries and ReplicAle - click here!


Join us in downtown Oak Park on August 16, 2014 for the largest zero-waste craft beer event in the Midwest! In its 7th year, the Oak Park Micro Brew Review brings together 4,500 craft beer enthusiasts from across the Chicago area, Midwest and beyond to enjoy all Oak Park has to offer while sampling over 150 unique brews from 74 breweries and delicious food on a beautiful mid-summer's afternoon.

Produced by Seven Generations Ahead (SGA) and the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild (ICBG), the event showcases the best craft beers our Illinois brewers have to offer, select beers from Midwest and national craft breweries, live music and small plates incorporating local food from Oak Park area restaurants. This is one of the Midwest's top craft beer festivals of the summer, and it supports the non-profit sustainability work of SGA and the craft beer advocacy work of the ICBG.

With nothing from the event going to landfill, the Oak Park Micro Brew Review combines the best of pleasurable craft beer drinking with doing a good thing for the planet!

Co-produced with the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild. View Photos from 2013 on the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild Facebook Page 
Learn more about Seven Generations Ahead's work on zero-waste.

Information for Attendees


The Micro Brew Review is a fundraiser benefiting Seven Generations Ahead and the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild.  Event will be held rain or shine. Tickets are non-refundable. The fest will not be canceled nor rescheduled.

Level Ticket Price (Early Bird) Available on the day? Ticket Benefits
VIP $100 ($90) No Sponsored by Goose Island. Enter at 1PM.
Includes: 40 tastings - Exclusive to VIP' beer choices from Goose Island and ICBG favorites - Brewer 'meet & greet' photo ops - Small plates from Oak Park restaurants - Live music - Seating area - Access to ReplicAle project* - 7oz Souvenir tasting glass
ReplicAle $60 ($50) No Enter at 2PM
Includes: 40 tastings - Access to ReplicAle project* - 7oz Souvenir tasting glass
General Admission $45 ($40) Yes, $55 at the gate

Enter at 3PM
Includes: 40 tastings - 5oz Souvenir tasting glass


* What is "ReplicAle"?

Each year the Illinois Craft Brewer's Guild selects a beer style for 15 or more brewers to "replicate". Tasting these brews side by side at an event like this showcases the nuances of brewing style and technique. Don't miss out...this is THE event where ReplicAle beers are debuted!

Breweries and ReplicAle recipe announced!


• Event will be held rain or shine. The fest will not be canceled nor rescheduled

• You must be 21 years of age or older to consume alcohol. Valid identification is required at check-in

• Event organizers encourage all participants to drink responsibly and travel via public transport or nominate a designated driver

• Non-drinking guests do not require an event ticket, however, if ticketholders are found sharing alcohol with a non-ticketed guest, both will be escorted from the premises


We love our volunteers! Volunteers truly make this event happen, we would love for you to get involved.
Volunteers are entitled to free festival admission!

For more information about volunteering contact



Getting to the Micro Brew Review

From Downtown Chicago and the Loop

By Automobile/Taxi

Take the I-290/Eisenhower Expressway West to Harlem Avenue/IL-43, Exit from the left lane, turn right (north) onto Harlem Avenue and travel about 1 mile. Turn right onto Westgate Street (General Admission) or onto Lake Street until you reach Forest Avenue (VIP/ReplicAle)

By Public Transportation

From the North Loop take either the Chicago Metra-Union Pacific-West line to the Oak Park stop or get on the CTA Green Line “L” Westbound to the Harlem/Lake Stop.


From Evanston and North Chicago

By Automobile/Taxi

Take the I-94 East/Edens Expy E toward Chicago, keep straight, take ramp right for I-90 East/I-94/ Kennedy Expy East toward Ryan Expy/Indiana, At exit 51 H-I, take ramp right for I-290 West/Eisenhower Expy W toward West Suburbs, proceed 10 miles to exit 21B, take ramp left and follow signs for Harlem Avenue/IL-43, Turn right on S. Harlem Avenue, travel about 1 mile. Turn right onto Westgate Street (General Admission) or onto Lake Street until you reach Forest Avenue (VIP/ReplicAle)

By Public Transportation

Take the CTA Red Line Southbound to the Loop, transfer at the State/Lake stop to the Green Line “L” Westbound to the Harlem/Lake Stop. 








From the Western Suburbs

By Automobile/Taxi

From most locations take either the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290) or the I-88 extension to I-290. Exit from the left lane onto Harlem Ave. Turn left (north) onto Harlem Avenue for about 1 mile, past the overhead “L” tracks. Turn right onto Westgate Street (General Admission) or onto Lake Street until you reach Forest Avenue (VIP/ReplicAle)

By Public Transportation

Take the Chicago Metra-Union Pacific-West Line to the Oak Park station.


For the latest CTA/Metra or Pace bus schedules and rates, call 312.836.7000 or visit their respective websites:



  • If you are interested in sponsoring the Oak Park Micro Brew Review contact
  • For general media inquires contact
  • For beer specific questions contact

You can also tweet us @SevenGensAhead

Download the pdfSponsorship Information Flyer

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If you are a professional brewer interested in participating, contact
If you are a restaurant wishing to participate, contact