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.

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!  See you there!

FAQs

 

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. Nothing from the event will be sent to 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.
PERKS:
• 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

80-plus breweries to pour
at 8th Oak Park Micro Brew Review
Midwest’s largest zero-waste craft beer festival
features Illinois Craft Brewer’s Guild “ReplicAle” project

Oak Park, IL — Oak Park Micro Brew Review — the annual outdoor festival that puts an emphasis on zero waste and draws thousands of craft beer enthusiasts from far and wide, takes over Marion Street in downtown Oak Park on Sat., Aug. 15, 2015. This will be the festival’s eighth year of brews, bites and live music.

More than 80 breweries from Illinois and beyond are on tap to showcase and serve samples of 200-­‐plus specialty brews, including ales, stouts, porters, lagers and malts. Good eats to satisfy every palate will be available from Oak Park’s best-­‐known restaurants. They’ll serve up Italian, Indian, Latin fusion, contemporary American bistro style fare and more. Some of the hottest local bands (No Love for Linus, The Velvet Jimis, The 9 Spot, The Marquis Brothers and others) will rock the North and South Stages while DJ D-­‐Brice spins Soul, Funk and Rock ‘n’ Roll on the Center Stage throughout the day.

Again this year, Micro Brew is the only event that features the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild “ReplicAle” project. ReplicAle is what happens when a variety of brewers take on the same beer style — using only a few variable ingredients — to showcase the nuances in brewing technique and system design. This year 59 brewers will interpret the Saison recipe.

Oak Park Micro Brew Review runs from 3 to 7 p.m. on Marion Street in downtown Oak Park. ReplicAle tasting starts at 1:30 p.m. and requires a separate ticket. General admission to the festival is $50 and includes 40 beer samples and a souvenir tasting glass. Tickets are non-­‐refundable.

The festival is conveniently located near the Harlem stops of the CTA’s Green Line and Metra trains, providing easy and nearby access for fest-­‐goers who use public transit.

Last year’s festival drew more than 4,300 attendees, making it the second largest craft beer
festival in the Midwest and the largest zero-­‐waste craft beer festival in the world.
Nothing from the event goes to the landfill. Volunteers will be on hand at waste stations to assist with the sorting process and to answer any questions. Contact Seven Generations Ahead to learn more about zero-­‐waste events: .

Seven Generations Ahead and the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild co-­‐produce Oak Park Micro Brew Review, a fundraising event.

About Seven Generations Ahead: Founded in 2001, Seven Generations Ahead's mission is to promote
the development of ecologically sustainable and healthy communities. SGA works with local government, community and private sector leaders to help communities make the changes they need to create a healthy and sustainable future. Through community-­‐wide sustainability planning and implementation, educational conferences and consulting, and school-­‐based zero waste and farm-­‐to-­‐school programming and consulting, SGA is a catalyst for local community solutions to global environmental issues.
Learn more at www.sevengenerationsahead.org

About Illinois Craft Brewers Guild: The Illinois Craft Brewers Guild is a non-­‐profit organization founded in
1997 to promote the development and expansion of the craft beer industry in Illinois.
Its efforts are focused on the following areas: Legislative/Regulatory – To allow the Guild a voice in addressing all issues, governmental or other, which affect the regulation of our industry. Education – To provide opportunities for its members to further their brewing knowledge and to educate the consumer about the benefits and varieties of craft beer, and to encourage responsible, moderate consumption. Promotion – To promote its members and their products to other brewers, suppliers, legislators, tourists and the general public.
Learn more at www.illinoisbeer.com.

A Record Breaking Success: 7th Annual Oak Park Micro Brew 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.

Co-producers Seven Generations Ahead and the Illinois Craft Brewer's Guild are pleased to report the following:

  • More than 4,300 beer tasters (the largest attendance in the event's seven-year history) attended the Micro Brew Review plus an unspecified number of additional visitors who did not drink beer (designated drivers, friends of attendees, other visitors).
  • Attendees came to Oak Park from over 309 different zip codes, including multiple cities through Canada and the United Kingdom.
  • 74 craft brewers served more than 200 different beers. List at www.sevengenerationsahead.org.
  • More than 225 attendees opted for VIP access to a special tent, a two-hour pre-event reception and hourly specialty food and beer pairings.
  • 450 attendees participated in the ICBG Replicale Project reception, which featured a record-setting 33 brewers who showcased their unique approach to brewing American Red/Amber Ale.
  • About 250 volunteers contributed to the event's success.
  • The 8,000 plates, 5,000 eco-tensils, and 9,000 napkins used at the event were compostable.
  • 10 toters of compostables and 11 toters of recyclables collected at the event were hauled away by Waste Management, which implements the curbside composting collection service in Oak Park.
  • No plastic water bottles were served. Instead, the event offered continuously refreshed serve-yourself water coolers using reusable beer tasting glasses.
  • Signs for the event were re-used and re-purposed from past years. Additional signs needed this year were made from Microstrate, a composite made from ground-up printer cartridges and cell phones and are designed for re-use at future events.
  • 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 3pm.
  • Delectable food offerings from Barclay's American Grille, Mancini's Italian American Bistro, Maya del Sol, The Kinderhook Tap, The Local Sausage, Lake Street Kitchen and Bar, Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream, Khyber Pass and Marion Street Cheese Market.
  • Musical offerings from The Velvet Jimis, The Marquis Brothers, Lake Side City, No Love for Linus, Falling Stars, London Gentlemen, The Accidental Brothers, Kate King, Timothy Coan and DJ D Brice.

Event photos are available by contacting Laurie Casey at .

Event Sponsors

Goose Island Beer Co., WBEZ 91.5, Burton Conry Architecture Design, Whole Foods Market, AAA Rental Center, Pleasant District, Downtown Oak Park, Marion Street Cheese Market, Ben & Jerry's Core Tour, Minuteman Press, Oak Park Brewing Company & Hamburger Marys Show Lounge, Inourwater.org, Greenline Wheels, Mancini's Italian Bistro, Wallish Wonders Unrivaled Cookies, WBEZ's Strange Brews podcast, and Gagliardo Realty Associates.

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, recyclable or
compostable materials; and prevent waste from going to the landfill. We separate all of the liquids; compostable food scraps, plates, napkins and spoons; recyclable materials; and landfill items at Resource Recovery Stations. Volunteers are located at each station to assist with the sorting process and to answer any questions. Contact Seven Generations Ahead if you would like to learn more about hosting a zero waste event:

The Oak Park Micro Brew Review is co-produced by Seven Generations Ahead (www.sevengenerationsahead.org) and the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild (www.illinoisbeer.com). Event proceeds benefit the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild and Seven Generations Ahead.

About Seven Generations Ahead: Founded in 2001, Seven Generations Ahead's mission is to promote the development of ecologically sustainable and healthy communities. SGA works with local government, community and private sector leaders to help communities make the changes they need to create a healthy and sustainable future. Through community-wide sustainability planning and implementation, educational conferences and consulting, and school-based zero waste and farm-to-school programming and consulting, SGA is a catalyst for local community solutions to global environmental issues. Learn more at www.sevengenerationsahead.org.

About Illinois Craft Brewers Guild: The Illinois Craft Brewers Guild is a non-profit organization founded in 1997 dedicated to promote the development and expansion of the craft beer industry in Illinois. Its efforts are focused on the following areas: Legislative/Regulatory – To allow the Guild a voice in addressing all issues, governmental or other, which affect the regulation of our industry. Education – To provide opportunities for its members to further their brewing knowledge and to educate the consumer about the benefits and varieties of craft beer, and to encourage responsible, moderate consumption. Promotion – To promote its members and their products to other brewers, suppliers, legislators, tourists and the general public. Learn more at www.illinoisbeer.com.

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