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Craft beer festival combines sustainability and fun in downtown Oak Park
The Oak Park Micro Brew Review, one of the Chicago-area’s most popular mid-summer festivals, turns 10 this year. The zero-waste festival showcases more than 200 craft beers from around the U.S., a crowd-pleasing mix of live bands and small-plate fare from local restaurants. It all takes place Aug. 19, 3pm – 7pm in downtown Oak Park on Marion Street.
“What started ten years ago as a unique, local fundraising event has now become a must-attend fest for beer-lovers in the Midwest,” said Gary Cuneen, Executive Director of Seven Generations Ahead. “From 500 attendees in 2007 who helped usher in the craft beer craze to 4,000+ attendees projected in 2017, the 10th Annual Review is shaping up to be the best yet.”
Among the more than 80+ brewers, primarily from Illinois and the Midwest, pouring over 200 craft brews this year are Hop Butcher for the World, Revolution, Haymarket, Cruz Blanca, Around the Bend and Dovetail (visit https://sevengenerationsahead.org/oak-park-microbrew-and-food-review/food-and-brews for full list of brewers).
Beyond the brews, highlights of the event include:
The Hop Challenge: Kicking off at 2 p.m., an hour before the official festival start, participating brewers offer up their best version of a single varietal beer. The chosen variety this year is American Pale Ale (using house ale yeast). The winner is determined by popular vote. Tickets that include this portion of the event can only be purchased in advance and cost $65.
VIP Access: Beginning at 12:30, guests can enjoy specialty brews, food and music at indoor venues on the event site including Carnivore, The Beer Shop and the new Two Brothers Social Tap. Tickets may only be purchased in advance for $90 and also include access to the Hop Challenge and the main event.
The zero waste focus of the event assures that nothing gets sent to the landfill. This practice makes the Oak Park Micro Brew Review the largest, zero-waste, craft beer fest in the Midwest, a hallmark of its pledge to be a truly sustainable public event.
Entertainment lined up for this year includes: The Accidentals, Falling Stars, Blue Horse Blue, DJ D Brice, Righteous Acoustic Sound Party, Tank & the Beez, Cardinal Harbor, Hollywood Bitch, LakeSide City and DC Millionaire.
The General Admission ticket price for the 2017 Oak Park Micro Brew Review is $55 in advance and covers the main fest from 3pm -7pm. There will be a limited number of tickets available at the gate on festival day.
The Oak Park Micro Brew Review raises funds to support Seven Generations Ahead, a Chicago-area nonprofit that develops and manages sustainability programs and initiatives around the region.
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What is a Zero Waste Event?
The planning committee, volunteers and vendors worked diligently to make the Oak Park Micro Brew Review a Zero Waste event. Thought was put into everything that would be needed to host this event, and efforts were made to reuse existing materials; source recycled content, recyclable or compostable new materials; and prevent waste from ending in the landfill. All of the food scraps, plates, napkins and spoons were composted. Patrons helped make this event a Zero Waste success by utilizing the Resource Recovery Stations to dispose of used items. Each station had four receptacles for different waste categories: Compostables, Recyclables, Liquids, and Landfill. Volunteers were located at each station to assist with the sorting process and to answer any questions.
For future reference: Zero Waste isn’t just for events. This practice can follow you to your home and business. With a little extra effort, you can begin to move toward zero waste. Contact Seven Generations Ahead if you would like to learn more:
About Seven Generations Ahead
Founded in 2001, Seven Generations Ahead’s mission is to promote the development of ecologically sustainable and healthy communities.