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
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