The Oak Park Micro Brew and Food Review will take place on Marion Street, downtown Oak Park on Saturday, Aug. 15 from 2-7 p.m. (taps open at 3 p.m.). Proceeds benefit the event producers which are two local non-profit organizations: Seven Generations Ahead and the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild.
The Oak Park Micro Brew and Food Review showcases the best craft beers from local Illinois brewers, Midwest brewers and a few national brewers. There will be over 70 breweries sampling 200 beers along with live music from 15 artists and food available for purchase from local Oak Park area restaurants.
Now this isn’t just any summer beer festival, the Oak Park Micro Brew and Food Review is the largest, zero-waste, craft beer fest in the Midwest. Nothing from the event will be sent to landfill. Your beer will be served in a glass, the food vendors will be provided with compostable serving wear and any piece of garbage will either be recycled or turned into a composed pile.
In a quote given to the Pioneer Press, “The (event) strives toward the goal of producing zero waste,” says Gary Cuneen, founder and executive director of Seven Generations Ahead. “We provide resource recovery stations that collect recyclables and food scraps for composting. We also work with food vendors to use local, sustainable food.”
The festival will feature the Illinois Craft Brewer’s Guild “ReplicAle” project, where 59 brewers create their own version of the Saison. Brewers must all follow the same recipe but are allowed to use a few variable ingredients such as spice, fruit or dry hopping. The Oak Park Micro Brew and Food Review is the only summer festival in the Midwest to showcase a project that truly demonstrates what craft brewing is all about! Doors open early for special ticket holders who have purchased the now SOLD OUT opportunity to sample the 2015 ReplicAle beers.
This is the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild’s only summertime craft beer festival and the brewers themselves usually attend and pour. This means you will have a chance to talk to the people who brewed the beer, rather than someone who may not know what he or she is serving. Click here for the complete list of breweries.
Tickets are sold in advance for $50 which includes 40 samples of craft beer and a 4-ounce souvenir tasting glass. Tickets may be available for purchase at the gate on Saturday, but it is recommended that you and purchase online because last year’s event sold out.
Children and dogs are welcome. Out of town guests are encouraged to take the train directly to the festival or if you’re driving, the Pioneer Press reports that designated drivers and those who don’t drink will be allowed to attend for free, but if caught drinking, you will be asked to leave the event.