We were so sad about having to cancel the Oak Park Micro Brew Review this year, that we’ve decided to take it virtual!

Enjoy a great online beer festival and help raise vital funds for Seven Generations Ahead, an environmental non-profit working to promote healthy and sustainable communities.

If you have a bad zoom connection, view the pre-recorded Micro Brew content HERE.

Your ticket includes:

  • 15 local craft brews to share with your friends
  • 2 festival tasting glasses
  • access to an exclusive online event from 7-8:30PM on Saturday, August 15th
How it Works:
1.  Buy your ticket!
2.  We’ll contact you with options for pick-up locations (in Chicago and Oak Park) and times
3.  We’ll send you a link to join the virtual tasting on August 15 with brewer interviews, music and other musings
 

This is sure to be a great time! All packaging products are recyclable or compostable, so you’re doing a good thing for the planet too. The Oak Park Micro Brew Review is a fundraising event. All proceeds benefit Seven Generations Ahead.

Tickets are SOLD OUT. Please consider supporting SGA in other ways.

Note: You must be 21 years of age or older to consume alcohol.  Please drink responsibly

Your package will contain one of each of the following delicious brews!

Temperance Beer Company – Greenwood Beach Blonde
Revolution Brewing – Anti-Hero
Exit Strategy Brewing Co – Weird Day and Lemmings
Pollyanna – The Full Lemonty & Party Penguin
Twisted Hippo Brewing-PLUMpass
Begyle Brewing – No Tomorrow
Around the Bend – Vera Pistachio Cream Ale
ERIS Brewery and Ciderhouse – Mangorillo
Kinslahger Brewing – Chicago Common
Cruz Blanca – Marisol
Aleman Brewing Co. – LadiesMan
Adams Street Brewery – Dunkel
Oak Park Brewing Company – Baby Got Bock
Haymarket Pub & Brewery – Speakerswagon
Wild Onion – Crazy Fingers Mosaic IPA OR Misfit IPA

DIY Pretzel Kit Add-On

SGA is partnering with Sugar Beet Schoolhouse to offer pretzel kits for your at-home Micro Brew!  Nothing goes better with a chilled beer.  Details can be found on the Sugar Beet Schoolhouse website.

 

Australian born singer/songwriter, Katie Cole, is touring keyboard player and vocalist for The Smashing Pumpkins Katie has recorded with Kris Kristofferson and the late Glen Campbell. Her recent solo EP “Things That Break Part 1 was featured in American Songwriter magazine.  We are excited to have her as part of our virtual Micro Brew this year!

If you have a bad zoom connection, view the pre-recorded Micro Brew content HERE.

Save The Date

 Oak Park Micro Brew Review

August 21, 2021 3-7pm

Early Bird tickets go on sale in May 2021

Volunteer slots will be available in June 2021

See our 2019 program here!

As the largest zero waste craft beer fest in the Midwest, Micro Brew diverts more than 80% of waste from the landfill. See how we do it with this infographic.

Iron Brewer Competition 2019


These completely original beers were brewed just for Micro Brew!

Twenty of Chicagoland’s most daring and creative brewers faced off to win the Iron Brewer trophy.  Lil’ Beaver won for 2019 with their Lil’ Bit More Wonderful (a chocolate milk stout with hefeweizen yeast, chocolate, coconut and banana) experimental brew.  Congrats!

What your ticket gets you:
Early admission to the Iron Brewers
Behind-the-scenes perspective
Access to the brewmasters
First taste of completely original beers brewed just for Micro Brew!

Be sure and check us out next year!

Brewers, bands, bites and VIP

Click here for the latest on who will be at Micro Brew!  

Check out 2018 pictures here and the archives here.

FAQs

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 enticed our guests with 200+ different beers in beautiful downtown Oak Park, IL.  See here for this year’s brewer and restaurant list as well as the live music line-up.

PERKS:

• In a lively downtown, easily accessible by public transit, 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  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.

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

Check out our ever-evolving list here.

The General Admission ticket price for the 2019 Oak Park Micro Brew Review is $50, in advance. There will be a limited number of tickets available at the gate on the day for $55.  General Admission includes up to 40 samples in a 6oz tasting glass and an informative program book to guide you toward the brewers on site.

We also have VIP tickets that get you access to private venues with food and rare beer pairings and live music.  These tickets are only available as a pre-sale for $90 and it also gets you access to the Iron Brewer area at 1:30pm as well as the main fest at 3pm.  And don’t forget the larger 10oz glass!

Iron Brewer is pitting 20 brewers brewing 20 beer varieties for bragging rights as the Micro Brew’s Iron Brewer!  These ticket holders will sample these completely new and unique brews and cast their vote for their fave.  You also have access to the main fest when the bagpiper signals the taps to open!  Tickets are $60.

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.

Purchase them online here.

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.

In past years 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.

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.

• Up to 40 samples of delicious craft beer, created by amazing, creative and innovative brewers
• Access to incredible live music on 5 stages and a fun-filled festival
• Plus your very own 6oz tasting glass to take home!  VIP attendees get the 10oz glass

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

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.

Go green! Take the green ‘El’ to Harlem or the Metra to Oak Park.

Once again 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!

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.

Of course! Plenty of foods will be available, from small snacks to bigger meals — for both omnivores and vegetarians. Food is pay as you go directly with your food vendors.  See here for this year’s restaurants.

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.

In the past we have used Untappd and are looking for a sponsor to cover the cost of this year’s subscription

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

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.

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.

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.

There are no refunds. The Oak Park Micro Brew Review will be held rain or shine. The event will not be cancelled or rescheduled.

Yes – this is easy to do through your account in EventBrite, our ticketing service.

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

Contact Lisa at admin@sevengenerationsahead.org.

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!