A sustainability message greeted attendees immediately at the Aug. 17 Micro Brew Review in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park.
Seven Generations Ahead, a non-profit group that promotes community sustainability, staged the festival in concert with the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild.
Whole Foods Market, the nation’s biggest natural foods supermarket chain, participated in the Sustainability Practices Pavilion at the Oak Park Micro Brew Review.
Brewery Vivant, a craft brewery in Grand Rapids, Mich., that has gained notice for its sustainability practices, was a participant in the Oak Park Micro Brew Review.
Forbidden Root, a new Chicago-area craft brewery that is under development, is one of many smaller operations that is experimenting with a variety of ingredients, such as botanical roots.
The annual Micro Brew Review draws big crowds to downtown Oak Park in suburban Chicago.
One of the major features of the festival was Replicale, which featured beers made by 22 different breweries from a basic recipe but using different varieties of hops.
The Oak Park Micro Brew Review also underscored the growing popularity of hard apple cider. Vander Mill, Uncle John’s, and Virtue, all Michigan-based cider producers, represented at the event.
The star of the Micro Brew and Food Review Aug. 17 in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park was beer, of course. But as the photo gallery on this post shows, sustainability was also a major theme.