(L to R) Zack Day, Rich Bloomfield and Greg Williams, energetically share the brews from their Funkytown Brewery with festival-goers at the Oak Park Microbrew Review in downtown Oak Park. on Aug. 20. The three are local graduates of Oak Park and River Forest High School, class of 2002. (April Alonso/Contributor)

Crowds enjoyed their beer sustainably at the Oak Park Microbrew Review on Aug. 20. Seventy breweries were represented at the event attended by 2,600 beer-loving revelers. Attendance, up from 1,800 in 2021, was near pre-pandemic norms for the 15-year-old event benefiting Seven Generations Ahead.

“The rain was minimal despite ominous forecasts and regardless, it just doesn’t bother the followers of this event who have a blast rain or shine,” said Gary Cuneen, executive director of Seven Generations Ahead. 

One Lake Brewing, 1 Lake Street, Oak Park, took home top honors in the Iron Brewer competition with their Green Light Pilsner. This year’s Microbrew Review was also the inaugural event for Funkytown Brewery, one of four Black-owned breweries in the region and co-owned by a trio of OPRF graduates. 

“We’re grateful for all of our sponsors, including our top-level sponsors: Lakeshore Recycling, Good Heart Work Smart, and Cross Function Flexible Workspace at the Boulevard Arcade,” said Cuneen.

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