Micro Brew, micro-waste, macro-success

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The Oak Park Micro Brew Review drew 3,000 strong to taste over 200 craft beer samplings from 85 breweries on a glorious day this past Saturday in downtown Oak Park. The event, produced by Seven Generations Ahead in collaboration with Haymarket Brewery and Pub, featured a variety of live bands and DJs, including Cardinal Harbor, Julianne Q and the Howl, and DC Millionaire; VIP venues with food and beer at Wild Onion Tied House, The Beer Shop, Two Brothers Social Tap and Beyond Properties Reality; and the best offerings of craft beer and some ciders from Illinois, Michigan and Canada. 

Old Irving Brewery for the second year in a row won the Single Hop Pale Ale Challenge, featuring 25 brewers using only the Amarillo hop. 

The event — a fundraiser for Oak Park-based Seven Generations Ahead — supplied compostable service ware to all of the food vendors and required all materials used to be recyclable or compostable — leading to a composting/recycling rate of 98% for material used and generated by attendees and vendors at the event.

We're thrilled by the response we get from this event about the great atmosphere, high quality of beers and food, and how well the event is run. Attendees and brewers tell us it's the best event they go to, and that they're happy to be supporting environmental sustainability while celebrating great craft beer.

Gary Cuneen

Executive director,
Seven Generations Ahead

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