Craft Beer Rising


We’re in the grip of the craft beer revolution, or so we keep hearing. But does a crafty cool one leave you cold? Have you tried a few sips at the behest of your trendy pals, only to have your impression reinforced that it’s as appealing as drinking an Oxford Street pavement puddle?

This weekend, the Old Truman Brewery in Brick Lane hosts a festival that will turn the most ardent hop-hater into a brew buff: Craft Beer Rising is three days of street food, DJs, and 200 different beers from more than 60 global breweries.

Organiser Sam Lloyd thinks that craft beer shouldn’t be for haughty hipsters or boring box-tickers: ‘Our mission is to bring good, flavoursome, creative beers to the masses. By putting on a event that brings together great beer, music and street food, we hope it appeals to a wide variety of people.’

So as well as mind-expanding beer, look out for Horse Meat Disco, Reverend and the Makers and Mr Scruff on the decks; stalls including Burger Bear, Dosa Deli and Hartland Pies; and enlightening talks, tasting sessions and panel discussions. The event can be as serious or as lively as you want it to be – even if you consider yourself an absolute novice when it comes to beer, you’ll probably leave Craft Beer Rising with a new favourite drink. Euan Ferguson 

Check out our round-up of London's best craft beer bars

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Isaac H

Sounds like neither of you actually WENT to it, so why leave a review? The £22 includes a £5 beer token and glass, so more like £15.  And why would you expect to get in without at ticket when the thing is sold out? What planet are you from mate?

Kev Jones

This was a total waste of time. The event on the Friday night was sold out. Fine! I turned up at about 9pm thinking I would be able to pay on the door. But the jobsworth on the door wasn't admitting anyone on the night without a pre paid ticket ; even though there were people leaving the event at the time. Rubbish.