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When?
Saturday, August 20, 2022 from 2pm – 6pm
 
Where?
Marion St., between Lake and Pleasant, Oak Park, IL
 
What?
Join dozens of Illinois’ best craft breweries, local musicians and food vendors all bringing their ‘A’ game to the Oak Park Microbrew Review.

Enjoy your beer, sustainably! The Oak Park Microbrew Review is the largest zero-waste craft beer fest in the Midwest.

Ticket Info:
VIP: 1pm – 2pm 

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

Iron Brewer*: 1pm – 2pm
Sponsored by Country Malt

Your Iron Brewer* ticket includes access to the Iron Brewer competition and the Main Fest from 2pm – 6pm
(*Iron Brewer brewers have their beer type selected in advance. Brewers are given the same malt and hops varietals.
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.


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Support Sustainability
Seven Generations Ahead (SGA) – Building Healthy & Sustainable Communities.
SGA produces Oak Park Microbrew Review to raise funds for critical programs.
 
We are celebrating 15 years! We are one of the longest-running beer festivals in the Chicagoland area, and the only one focused on leaving virtually no impact on the environment. Micro brew, micro waste.
 
What is Zero Waste?
Our goal is to leave no impact on the environment. 
The Microbrew Review eliminates nearly all our landfill waste through reducing, reusing, recycling and composting.


Support SGA: Become a Friend of the Fest

Thanks to our Sponsors!

Gold Sponsor

Silver Sponsor

Zero Waste Sponsor

Iron Brewer Sponsor

Bronze Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Friends of the Fest

Aaron Walters

Alfredo A Santana

Brian Walsh

Carrie Craft

Cynthia and Stephen Blaising

Diana Vargas

Dorde Popovic

Douglas Rainey

John Graham

Lisa Schwartz

Melissa Elsmo

Michael Young

Nikki Laudante

Paula Zdziarski West

Ralph Muehleisen

Resource Label Group

Robert Auch

Will Picciotti


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FAQs

What is the Oak Park Microbrew Review?

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.

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.

What is the Oak Park Microbrew Review?

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.

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.

Will there be COVID-19 measures in place?

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. 

Where and when is the festival?

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.

Which breweries will be there?

We will publish our brewery list soon!

How much are tickets?

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.

Where can I get tickets?

Tickets will go on sale on May 9, in advance of Illinois Craft Beer Week which starts on May 14.

Do you offer designated driver tickets?

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.

Why should I purchase my ticket in advance?

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.

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 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.

What is included with my ticket?

• 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.

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.

How can I get to the festival?

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.

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. There is a Chase ATM just outside the festival.

Will there be food?

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.

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.

Do you have an app available?

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

Is smoking permitted?

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

What kind of music will there be?

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.

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 Seven Generations Ahead’s tent and learn how you can reduce your impact on the planet.

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.

Do you give refunds?

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

Can my ticket be transferred to someone else?

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

What should I bring?

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

Who can I contact with other questions?

Contact microbrew@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!


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