11th Annual Oak Park Micro Brew Review

The annual event takes place on Saturday, Aug. 18 from 3-7 p.m. on North Marion Street in Downtown Oak Park

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Seven Generations Ahead (SGA), a local company focused on working towards a healthy and sustainable future, is hosting the Oak Park Micro Brew Review this weekend.  The annual event will take place on Saturday, Aug. 18 from 3-7 p.m. on North Marion Street. This is the 11th year for the Review.

The Oak Park Micro Brew Review is the largest zero-waste craft beer festival in the midwest. SGA has worked hard to ensure that nothing from the event is sent to the landfill. Stations are set up all over the event for recycling and composting.  In addition, all of the vendors are provided with compostable plates and flatware and all attendees are given souvenir glass cups to use for sampling all of the beers that are on tap.

During the event, brewers will be competing in the Hop Challenge.  Each brewer will be offering their take on a particular yeast (Amarillo this year) provided to them. If you choose to purchase a Hop Challenge ticket,  you will not only be able to taste all of the contest offerings but also vote for your favorite. Old Irving Brewing won the contest last year with their take on an American Pale Ale. This years’ contestant list includes 25 local breweries including Forest Park’s Exit Strategy. Food offerings will also be plentiful at the Micro Brew Review.  Food options are pay as you go with each food vendor. We recommend trying a little bit of everything while you’re there!

Prices start at $55 (if purchased by Friday) and go up to $90 for VIP access. This is a fundraising event for SGA. Please remember to drink responsibly while you enjoy the Micro Brew Review. The event organizers encourage using public transportation to get to the event. You can also get $50 off your first Lyft ride with the code “SGA”. Stay safe and have fun!

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