Heavy rains couldn’t dampen the festive feeling at the 14th annual Oak Park Micro Brew Review benefitting Seven Generations Ahead. More than 40 breweries were on hand to serve craft beers to a crowd of 1,750 guests at the zero-waste beer fest.
The village of Oak Park provided on-site rapid Covid testing between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., enabling ticket holders unable to provide a negative COVID test or proof of vaccination, to be tested prior to entry.
“We were able to comply with the village’s safety protocols for the event, including showing proof of vaccination or negative COVID test results, making it a safe and enjoyable experience for all,” said Gary Cuneen, Seven Generations Ahead founder and executive director.
Event organizers were tipped off in advance that two long-time Micro Brew attendees had planned to be married at the event. Cuneen said the surprise wedding only added to the festive atmosphere. Even storms could not deter festival participants who gathered under tents and awnings to wait out the rain — soaked, but smiling attendees were seen darting out to refill their glasses.
“We were absolutely thrilled by the turnout, and participants raved about the event experience and thanked us profusely all day for making it happen and bringing about some sense of normalcy in these challenging times,” said Cuneen.