The 11th Annual Oak Park Micro Brew Review
August 17, 2019
Produced by Seven Generations Ahead (SGA), the Oak Park Micro Brew Review 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!
All proceeds support SGA’s work to promote healthy and sustainable communities.
In addition, the event is the largest zero-waste craft beer fest in the Midwest. What is zero-waste, you say? It means NOTHING from the event is sent to the landfill. So in addition to having a great time and enjoying great beer, by attending the Oak Park Micro Brew Review, you are also doing something great for the environment.
See you there!
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 and here for 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.
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.
The General Admission ticket price for the 2019 Oak Park Micro Brew Review is $55, in advance. There will be a limited number of tickets available at the gate on the day.
VIP and the Hop Challenge tickets are only available in advance for $90 and $65 respectively. VIP tickets include up to 40 pours in a 10oz glass (the bigger glass is famed!), access to venues along the venue site with live music and food and beer pairings in each venue starting at 12:30pm. Plus access to the Hop Challenge from 2pm. Main fest opens at 3pm
The Hop Challenge is a special event where each participating brewer will bring their best version of a single varietal beer to be named shortly. The winner will be determind by popular vote! Hop Challenge tickets include up to 40 samples in a 6oz glass and access to the Challenge from 2-6pm. Main fest opens at 3pm.
(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.)
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
We use Untappd so you can see what brewers are pouring at our fest and log in your tastes.
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 email@example.com.
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!
Thank you to our sponsors!