The 2022 Microbrew Review returns to downtown Oak Park this August. (File)

Seven Generations Ahead (SGA) is preparing to host its 15th craft beer extravaganza — the perennially popular Microbrew Review is scheduled for Aug. 20, 2022 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. The zero-waste event is the largest of its kind in the Midwest and supports SGA’s mission to preserve our environment for generations to come. The event is held in downtown Oak Park.

Gary Cuneen, founder and executive director of SGA, is excited the nonprofit organization will be able to do the event “full throttle” once again in 2022. He anticipates that Covid-related modifications will lift this year allowing the festival to return to its pre-pandemic glory. 

Organizers are setting the stage to welcome approximately 80 craft breweries to serve suds to 3,000 beer-loving attendees. The Iron Brewer competition is back on tap and patrons can purchase a VIP experience giving them the chance to vote for the best featured brew, as presented by the 20 participating brewers. Three band shells will provide musical entertainment throughout the day and food vendors will be onsite.

“The Microbrew Review has become a favorite among the Oak Park community, and it has a village reunion feel,” said Cuneen. “The event also lets us take our mission and expand it across the metro area and educate a whole new group about sustainability.”

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— Melissa Elsmo

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