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Join us for the 14th Annual Micro Brew Review on Saturday, August 21, 2021

Get ready for summer, craft beer, good food, and live music. Event is in Downtown Oak Park on August 21st from 2-6pm
 
COVID protocols update:
We’re very excited to be moving forward with the Oak Park Micro Brew Review and look forward to your participation! As you are aware, the Delta variant has presented challenges to the COVID-19 recovery, and as a result is impacting guidelines for indoor and outdoor activities. 
 
As such, the Village of Oak Park has communicated the following updated COVID-19 protocols for the Oak Park Micro Brew Review:
 

1.) All participants will need to show proof of full vaccination OR proof of negative results from a COVID test that was taken after 2 pm central on Friday, August 20 (within 24 hours of the event). We will accept the following for proof of full vaccination or a negative test, and will be checking documents against IDs: 

  1. Physical vaccination card
  2. Photo of vaccination card on phone (front and back required)
  3. Printout or screenshot on phone of IDPH “Vax Verification” record with attendees full name listed confirming dates of full COVID vaccination.
  4. Proof of a negative COVID test taken by a healthcare provider, clinic or pharmacy, no earlier than 2pm on Friday, August 20th. Can be email or physical copy with attendees full name, date, test results, and provider name. PLEASE NOTE: At-home COVID tests WILL NOT be accepted under any circumstance. We will have onsite rapid testing available from 11am – 3pm.
2.) Masks will be required for all attendees, including ticket holders, vendors, staff, and volunteers, when not eating or drinking.
3.) Participants should practice physical distancing from one another.
 
Please do not attend the event if you are showing any symptoms of illness or have tested positive for COVID-19 or live in a household with someone who has tested positive within 14 days of the event.
 
In addition, the Oak Park Micro Brew Review is taking the following steps to promote health and safety:

1.) Increase in venue footprint to better accommodate physical distancing
2.) Reduction in the number of attendees and brewers to provide more space per participant. The event will be capped at 1800 attendees.
3.) Separation/spacing of brewer tents and music stages
4.) Implementation of no touch beer filling

 

We look forward to a fantastic event this year and appreciate everyone’s efforts to keep our community healthy and safe!

Ticket sales are open. Advanced tickets are $50. Get yours today!

 

 

Volunteer slots are now available! Sign up here.
 
See our 2019 program here!

Micro Brew. Micro Waste.

As the largest zero waste craft beer fest in the Midwest, Micro Brew Review eliminates nearly all landfill waste through reducing, reusing, recycling, and composting.

Brewers, Bands, and Bites

We’ve got the full brewer list for Micro Brew Review 2021! Enjoy delicious beers from these amazing craft breweries:

2 Fools Cider

93 Octane Brewery

Adams Street Brewery

Around the Bend

Begyle Brewing

Black Horizon Brewing Company

Blue Island Beer Co.

Church Street Brewing Co.

Cruz Blanca Brewery

DESTIHL Brewery

Dry Hop / Corridor / Crushed by Giants

Elmhurst Brewing Co.

ERIS Brewery and Cider

Exit Strategy Brewing Company

Forbidden Root

Flapjack Brewery

Haymarket Beer Co.

Hop Butcher for the World

Kinslagher Brewing Company

Lake Effect Brewing Company

Lil beaver brewery

Liquid Love Brewing Co.

Lo Rez Brewing and Taproom

Lunar Brewing Company

Maplewood Brewery & Distillery

Mickey Finn’s Brewery

Midwest Coast Brewing

Mikerphone Brewing

Milk Money Brewing

Miskatonic Brewing Company

More Brewing Company

Noon Whistle Brewing

Oak Park Brewing Company

Old Irving Brewing Co.

One Lake Brewing

Phase Three Brewing

Pig Minds Brewing Co.

Pipeworks Brewing Co.

Pollyanna Brewing Company

Revolution Brewing

Roaring Table Brewing

Sketchbook Brewing co.

Stockholm’s Restaurant & Brewery

The Lucky Monk

Tighthead Brewing Co

Twisted Hippo

Wild Onion Brewery

Will County Brewing Company

And we’re so excited to have the following bands with us this year: 
 

Bitters – 2pm

DC Millionaire – 3pm

Space Gators – 4pm

Yolkdrop – 5pm

We’ll also have DJ Dan Brice on the decks throughout the day!

 

In addition to delicious beer and good tunes, we’ll have fantastic local food at the fest. Make sure to save room to try a bite from these restaurants.

Iron Brewer Competition

 
Iron Brewer will be back in 2022.
These completely original beers were brewed just for Micro Brew 2019. Check them out! 

Here’s a little history: 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!

Be sure and check it out next year!

Check out 2018 pictures here and the archives here.

FAQs

The Oak Park Micro Brew Review is historically 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 recent years, 80+ breweries have enticed our guests with 200+ different beers in beautiful downtown Oak Park, IL.  Stay tuned 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 1:30 p.m. (beer pours at 2:00pm) and the event ends at 6:00 p.m.

Check out our ever-evolving list here.

The ticket price for the 2021 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 $60.  Admission includes up to 40 samples in a 6oz tasting glass and an informative program to guide you toward the brewers on site.

We are keeping it simple this year. The Iron Brewer competition and VIP session will be back in 2022!

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 and a fun-filled festival
• Plus your very own 6oz tasting glass to take home!  

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.

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.  Stay tuned 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 Karen 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!