Oak Park Micro Brew and Food Review

Save the date! Saturday, August 20, 2016

Thank you to all attendees, volunteers, sponsors, brewers, restaurants, and musicians for joining us for brews, bites and beats at the largest zero-waste craft beer event in the Midwest!
4,500 beer enthusiasts enjoyed samples of over 400 brews, from more than 90 breweries from across Illinois and beyond.  Thank you for helping raise vital funds for Seven Generations Ahead. 

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2015 MBR Map for web

2015 MBR Brewers list for web

2015 MBR Replicale and Food

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 ICBG's only summertime craft beer festival.

All proceeds support the non-profit sustainability work of SGA and the craft beer advocacy work of the ICBG.

We work to send nothing from the event to the landfill.  The Oak Park Micro Brew Review combines the best of pleasurable craft beer drinking with doing a good thing for the planet!  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! In its 8th year, 92 breweries and brew pubs will entice you with over 180 different beers in beautiful downtown Oak Park, IL.
• 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 to 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.
• There are limited tickets to the ReplicAle project, which starts at 1:30pm

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What is ReplicAle?
This is the only summer festival to feature this unique project from the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild. Each brewer will follow the same recipe for a saison – however, because each of the 59 brewers taking part this year, are from a different region, using different raw materials, you’ll be astounded at the difference in the brew. This is your chance to learn about the nuances in craft brewing and gain early access to the festival!

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How much are tickets?
The ticket price for the 2015 Oak Park Micro Brew Review is $50 in advance. ReplicAle is $60 (advanced sales only) and gate price is $60.
(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.)
Your ticket price includes up to 40 samples in a 4oz 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 producers – Seven Generations Ahead and the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild (link to www.illinoisbeer.com) are non-profit organizations and the Oak Park Micro Brew Review serves as a fundraising event for the two groups.

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Where can I get tickets?
Tickets are sold at the Brown Paper Tickets website.

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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 drinks deals. We have stamps in the program book, rather than drinks 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 innovative brewer members of the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild
• 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. There are also plenty of parking options in downtown Oak Park see http://www.downtownoakpark.net/parking-map/ for more information. However, please note that due to the Oak Park Micro Brew Review, many streets will be closed.

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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.

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Will there be food?
Of course! Plenty of foods will be available, from small snacks to bigger meals — for both carnivores and vegetarians. Stop by the food vendor tents and have some of Oak Park’s tastiest treats. 

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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 offer both iPhone and Android apps that can be downloaded for free onto your mobile iOS and Android devices.
• The apps will list the beers that each brewery is bringing to the fest
• All last second brewery and beer list changes are updated after the program has gone to print —so the apps will be even more accurate!
• The app will be made available the week of the festival

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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. Check out the full list here.

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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 the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild’s IMBIBE tent and Seven Generations Ahead.

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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 – just let our fabulous volunteers at check in know on the day.

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

For general media inquires contact , or for beer-specific questions;

You can also tweet us @SevenGensAhead

2015 Press Coverage:

"Oak Park Micro Brew and Food Review"
"What to eat and drink in Chicago this week"
"Oak Park Micro Brew Review draws big list of breweries"
"Craft beer fest draws thousands to downtown Oak Park"
"One recipe, 59 local brewers, tons of good beer: ReplicAle"

Media Contacts:

Cassandra West, Communications Director, Seven Generations Ahead
Phone: 708-628-4504

Justin Maynard, Executive Director, Illinois Craft Brewer's Guild
Phone: 773-517-1365

Gary Cuneen, Executive Director, Seven Generations Ahead
Phone: 708-660-9909

2016 Press Release - click here or read below

4,500 at the Oak Park Micro Brew Bask in Craft Beer Heaven

August 18, 2015, Oak Park, IL— The number of breweries signing on for the Annual Oak Park Micro Brew Review in downtown Oak Park continues to grow. Ninety-two breweries, the most ever — primarily from Illinois and the Midwest — provided 4,500 craft beer lovers with samplings of nearly 400 unique beers at this year’s Review on Aug. 15.

Micro Brew Review — produced by Seven Generations Ahead and the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild — again included the extremely popular “ReplicAle” feature of the Guild, which engaged 59 brewmasters brewing American Saisons with their particular variations on tap for attendees could taste and compare.

Shortly before the main event got underway, a rainstorm blew through Oak Park, but the brief downpour didn’t dampen the spirits of the 4,500 craft beer enthusiasts who came from 216 ZIP codes, including multiple cities throughout Canada and the United Kingdom.

The event — made possible by the generosity of the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild — mainly supports the sustainability work of Seven Generations Ahead. The Guild also retains some of the proceeds to support their work in promoting the craft beer industry in Illinois.

“Micro Brew 2015 was a great example of how fun sustainability can be,” Jen Nelson, Zero Waste program manager, said. “Thanks to the zero waste team of volunteers, more than 4,000 attendees and 10 restaurants successfully composted 7,000 pounds and recycled over 700 pounds! What a great way to keep these resources from heading to a landfill!"

All told, the 8th Annual Oak Park Microbrew was the largest-zero waste craft beer festival in the Midwest, and remains one of the highest quality and beautifully located craft beer festivals in the region.

Co-producers Seven Generations Ahead and the Illinois Craft Brewer’s Guild are pleased to report the following:
More than 4,000 beer tasters attended the Micro Brew Review plus an unspecified number of additional visitors who did not drink beer (designated drivers, friends of attendees, other visitors).
92 craft brewers from Illinois and beyond served more 200 different beers. Visit www.sevengenerationsahead.org/microbrew for list.
➢ More than 600 attendees participated in the ICBG’s ReplicAle Project Reception, which featured a record-setting 59 brewers who showcased their unique approach to brewing Saison.
➢ More than 250 volunteers contributed their time by filling vital roles.
➢ Attendees used 8,000 plates, 5,000 eco-utensils, and 9,000 napkins that were all compostable.
➢ Approximately 80 percent of all waste generated at the festival was diverted from landfills.
Compostables (and recyclables) collected at the event were hand sorted by dedicated volunteers and hauled away by Waste Management Inc., which implements the food scrap collection service in Oak Park.
No plastic water bottles were served — all replaced by continuously refreshed serve-yourself water coolers using reusable tasting glasses.
Proceeds from the event contribute significantly to the ongoing work of Seven Generations Ahead in its efforts to build healthy, sustainable communities and schools throughout the Midwest.
Other event highlights included:
➢ From the Metra Station overlooking North and South Marion Street, Chicalba bagpiper, Luke Cunningham, signaled the taps to pour by playing to crowd cheers on Marion Street as the main event kicked off at 3 p.m.
➢ Delectable food offerings from Mancini’s Italian American Bistro, Maya del Sol, The Kinderhook Tap, The Heritage, The Khyber Pass, Puree’s Pizza & Pasta, Marion Street Cheese Market, G.H. Cretors Popcorn and Maple Leaf Farms (Indiana).
➢ Musical offerings from DJ Dan Brice, Tank & the Beez, The Marquis Brothers, Meadowcroft, Johnny Alletto, Lake Side City, No Love for Linus, Falling Stars, The New Normal, The London Gentlemen, The Accidentals, Under Cover, The Greydowns, The 9 Spot and The Velvet Jimis.

Event photos and testimonials/quotes are available by contacting Cassandra West at .

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Oak Park Micro Brew Review Sponsors
Goose Island Beer Co., WBEZ 91.5, Country Malt Group, Best Malz, White Labs, Burton Conry Architecture Design, Black Rock, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Whole Foods Market, AAA Rental Center, Downtown Oak Park, Marion Street Cheese Market, Maple Leaf Farms, G.H. Cretors Popcorn, The Barrel Run, Chiro One, The Kinderhook Tap, Blue Prairie Group, Two Brothers Brewing, Northwestern Mutual, The Beer Shop, The Noble Kinsman, Consolidated Printing

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. Visit www.sevengenerationsahead.org to learn more.

About The Illinois Craft Brewers Guild
The Illinois Craft Brewers Guild is dedicated to promoting the development and expansion of the craft beer industry in Illinois. Visit www.illinoisbeer.com to learn more.

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