It's our 15th birthday, and you're invited!
The Oak Park Microbrew Review raises vital funds to support Seven Generations Ahead and their mission to fight climate change and promote healthy, sustainable communities.
Enjoy your beer, sustainably! The Oak Park Microbrew Review is the largest zero-waste craft beer fest in the Midwest.
VIP: 1pm – 2pm
Sponsored by Cross Function Flexible Workspace & The Boulevard Arcade
Your VIP ticket includes access to the VIP tent, special brews, complimentary food and live music.
PLUS access to the Iron Brewer* competition and Main Fest from 2pm – 6pm
Your Iron Brewer* ticket includes access to the Iron Brewer competition and the Main Fest from 2pm – 6pm
(*Iron Brewers are given the same yeast and malt and are challenged to brew something out of their wheelhouse.
VIP and Iron Brewer ticket holders can vote for the winner of the Iron Brewer title!)
PLUS access to the Main Fest from 2pm – 6pm
Food is available for purchase
General Admission: 2pm – 6pm
Your General Admission ticket gives you access to the Main Fest from 2pm – 6pm.
Food is available for purchase
Micro Brew Micro Waste
Thanks to our Sponsors!
Gina & Matt Gnabasik
VIP & Music Sponsor
Zero Waste Sponsor
Iron Brewer Sponsors
Friends of the Fest
Alfredo A Santana
Cynthia and Stephen Blaising
One Earth Film Festival
Paula Zdziarski West
The Oak Park Microbrew 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 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.
• 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.
We will follow the guidelines as provided by the CDC and Village of Oak Park as of August 20, 2022.
In 2021 the following COVID-19 requirements were in place.
1.) All participants will need to show proof of full vaccination OR proof of negative results from a COVID test that was taken 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:
- Physical vaccination card
- Photo of vaccination card on phone (front and back required)
- Printout or screenshot on phone of IDPH “Vax Verification” record with attendees full name listed confirming dates of full COVID vaccination.
- Proof of a negative COVID test taken by a healthcare provider, clinic or pharmacy, no earlier than 24 hours in advance of the event.
2.) As mandated by the Village of Oak Park, masks must be worn when not actively eating or drinking.
3.) Participants should practice social distancing as much as possible.
The Oak Park Microbrew 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.
We will publish our brewery list soon!
Advanced tickets for the 2022 Oak Park Microbrew Review are $60. There will be a limited number of tickets available at the gate on the day for $70. Admission includes up to 40 samples in a 6oz tasting glass and an informative program to guide you toward the brewers on site.
We have some cool side projects too!
The Iron Brewer competition – where brewers compete with each other on who can create the best beer. Tickets are $80 for this unique experience.
Our VIP experience includes early access to the fest and Iron Brewer competition, tastes of unique brews, only available in the VIP tent, an opportunity to chat with sponsors and brewers, live music and complimentary food are $100.
Iron Brewer and VIP tickets are available in advance only.
The event producer – Seven Generations Ahead (SGA) is a non-profit organization and the Oak Park Microbrew Review serves as a fundraising event for SGA.
No need! The site is open to the public and designated drivers and those who don’t drink alcohol are welcome to attend the festival without a ticket.
In past years the Oak Park Microbrew 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 Microbrew 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 Microbrew 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 Microbrew Review, but please respect this beautiful town by disposing of your cigarette butts appropriately.
We will 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 accordingly.
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 Microbrew 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.
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!