Oak Park Micro Brew Review

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The 10th Annual Oak Park Micro Brew Review
Saturday, August 19, 2017

Join us in downtown Oak Park on Saturday, August 19, 2017 for brews, bites and tunes at the largest zero-waste craft beer fest in the Midwest!  Join us and help raise vital funds for Seven Generations Ahead.

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2017 Live Music

Look for these artists at this year's Micro Brew!


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2017 Breweries and Restaurants

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Produced by Seven Generations Ahead (SGA), the Oak Park Micro Brew Review 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!

All proceeds support SGA's work to promote healthy and sustainable communities.

In addition, the event is the largest zero-waste craft beer fest in the Midwest.  What is zero-waste, you say?  It means NOTHING from the event is sent to the landfill.  So in addition to having a great time and enjoying great beer, by attending the Oak Park Micro Brew Review, you are also doing something great for the environment.
See you there!




What is the Oak Park Micro Brew Review?
The Oak Park Micro Brew Review is the largest, zero-waste, craft beer fest in the Midwest. And we take that title seriously. We work to send nothing from the event to the landfill. That’s right, nothing! Last year, 80+ breweries and brew pubs enticed our guests with 200+ different beers in beautiful downtown Oak Park, IL.  See here for this year's brewer and restaurant list and here for the live music line-up
• In a lively downtown, easily accessible with public transport, great local food vendors, and live music throughout the fest, you’ll enjoy the opportunity to explore the finest beers the Midwest has to offer.
• We limit ticket sales to a reasonable figure so you aren’t standing in line all day for beer.
• The brewers themselves usually attend and pour, so you have a chance to talk to the people who brewed the beer, rather than someone who may not know what he or she is serving.

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Where and when is it?
The Oak Park Micro Brew is held annually on Marion Street, Oak Park on the third Saturday in August
• The gates open at 2:00 p.m. (beer pours at 3:00pm) and the event ends at 7:00 p.m.

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How much are tickets?
The General Admission ticket price for the 2016 Oak Park Micro Brew Review is $55, in advance. There will be a limited number of tickets available at the gate on the day.
VIP and the Hop Challenge tickets are only available in advance for $90 and $65 respectively.

VIP tickets include up to 40 pours in a 10oz glass (the bigger glass is famed!), access to the fest from 1pm, VIP events in 3 venues across Oak Park with live music and food and beer pairings in each venue. Plus access to the Hop Challenge from 2pm. Main fest opens at 3pm

The Hop Challenge is a special event replacing ReplicAle. Each participating brewer will bring their best version of a single varietal dry-hopped pale ale. The winner will be determind by popular vote! Hop Challenge tickets include up to 40 samples in a 6oz glass and access to the Challenge from 2pm. Main fest opens at 3pm.

(Yes, all that beer, glassware, printing, tents and toilets, city permits, security, insurance, and the dozens of other kinds of expenses that go into an event like this do cost a lot of money.)
General Admission includes up to 40 samples in a 6oz tasting glass and an informative program book to guide you toward the brewers and beers on site.
Unlike many beer events, we’re not out to make a buck. The event producer – Seven Generations Ahead (SGA) is a non-profit organization and the Oak Park Micro Brew Review serves as a fundraising event for SGA.

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Where can I get tickets?
Ticket sales will open May 2, 2016

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Do you offer designated driver tickets?
No. Designated drivers and those who don’t drink are welcome to attend the festival without a ticket. However, anyone seen drinking without a wristband will be asked to leave the festival site.

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Why should I purchase my ticket in advance?
In 2014 the Oak Park Micro Brew Review sold out! In order to avoid disappointment on the day we recommend you purchase tickets in advance. Advanced tickets are also cheaper. If you do wish to take your chance and purchase on the day, we only accept cash at the gate.

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Why don't you offer unlimited beer samples with admission?
Illinois State Happy Hour law mandates that public events are not permitted to offer unlimited drink deals. We check off tastes in the program book, rather than use drink tickets, to fit with the zero-waste policy of the Micro Brew Review

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What is included with my ticket?
• Up to 40 samples of delicious craft beer, created by amazing, creative and innovative brewers
• Access to incredible live music and a fun-filled festival
• Plus your very own tasting glass to take home!

Food, provided by local Oak Park establishments, is an extra cost, payable to the food vendors.

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Are children and dogs welcome?
Yes, of course! Be advised that the site does get very busy, so we’d advise you to come early so as not to miss out if your little one or four-legged pal gets over-whelmed.

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How can I get to the festival?
Go green! Take the green ‘El’ to Harlem or the Metra to Oak Park.
This year we are excited to partner with LYFT who are offering up to $50 in free rides for first-time Lyft users. Use the code SGA

For your convenience you can also use Valet Oak Park and drop your car off on the east end of our event at Forest Ave and North Blvd.  To reserve your valet parking click here.

Please note that due to the Oak Park Micro Brew Review, many streets will be closed and there is also much construction in the area. Plan your travel in advance to save yourself the stress on the day!

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Are credit cards accepted the day of event?
Cash only at the gate, but our food vendors will be equipped to take credit card payment for their delicious bites. There is a Chase ATM just outside the festival.

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Will there be food?
Of course! Plenty of foods will be available, from small snacks to bigger meals — for both omnivores and vegetarians. See here for information.

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Can I bring a lawn chair?
You are welcome to bring a chair to the event, but please be considerate and keep your chairs out of the middle of the festival grounds so as not to obstruct traffic flow between the beer tents.

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What is the mobile app you have available?
We are investigating a new app!

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Is smoking permitted?
Smoking is permitted at the Oak Park Micro Brew, but please respect this beautiful town by disposing of your cigarette butts appropriately.

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What kind of music will there be?
We have an amazing line-up for you to enjoy this year and will post the full list of artists in advance so you can plan your day appropriately.

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Who are the sponsors?
We are so grateful to our event sponsors. Please stop by their tents to say ‘hi’ and thank you! Be sure to also pay a visit to Seven Generations Ahead's tent and learn how you can reduce your impact on the planet.

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What is your drunk and disorderly policy?
All attendees are expected to drink responsibly. Anyone seen to be intoxicated will be removed from the festival site. Brewers and pouring volunteers reserve the right not to serve those who are visibly intoxicated.

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Do you give refunds?
There are no refunds for tickets paid in advance. The Oak Park Micro Brew Review will be held rain or shine. The event will not be cancelled or rescheduled.

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Can my ticket be transferred to someone else?
Yes – this is easy to do through EventBrite, our ticketing service.

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What should I bring?
Don’t forget your ID! Please dress for the weather and we recommend you bring a water bottle.

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Who can I contact with other questions?
Contact Lisa at
Fair warning that during the couple of days leading up to the festival, we will not be checking email as frequently and may not have a chance to reply before the festival!

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Thank you for your interest in sponsoring the Micro Brew!  This is the best time to become a sponsor because your support will be highlighted all Spring and Summer.  Take a look at all the ways to support this unique event and contact Lisa with questions or to come on board!

Download the Sponsorship Information Flyer

 OPMBR16 Sponsorship Proposal Page 1OPMBR16 Sponsorship Proposal Page 2


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

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Seven Generations Ahead
1049 Lake Street, Suite 200
Oak Park, IL, 60301
(708) 660 - 9909