Craft Beer Rising

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February can be miserable, but this should make you hoppy: a three-day festival showcasing bevvies from 175 of the world’s best breweries. Expect an overflowing line-up of street food, DJ sets and dead delicious suds.

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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?


I don't know much about beer, but I went with a friend (who did know much about beer) and we both had a lovely evening! Lots of different things to try - even if you don't like beer. Ciders, gluten free beers and even cocktails! Definitely recommend for an interesting evening out. We went on a Thursday (so didn't stay late as it was a school night) but can imagine there'd be a great party going on the Friday or Saturday! 


Beer-rilliant! One of the best organised (and attended) beer festivals I've been to, this is one I'd definitely plan to attend again in 2018. The festival saw such a fantastic array of stalls and beer types (blueberrry muffin stout anyone?!), with a good amount of street-food stalls, and a huge London Pride lounge set-up in the basement. To end the evening, I went with a dessert of Tuatara Tiramisu beer, courtesy of the NZ Beer Collective (although the journey home was a little less easy to remember  - always the sign of a good night...)


If you are a fan of craft beer, Craft Beer Rising is a must - I know I will be making it a permanent fixture in my diary!  The range and selection of craft beers is astounding and you will struggle to try them all.  There are some really innovative flavours too - my standout from this year was a beautiful guava beer.  Even if you don’t like craft beer, I think you’ll enjoy this event as there is such a wide range of flavours you will surely find one you will like.  Also, if you’re a girl, it’s one of those rare events where there’s a huge queue for the men’s toilets but no queue for the ladies’ - result!


This was a HUGE event! It's easy to see why people were queuing for entry an hour before it started. The prices are reasonable too; you'll get more than what you pay for from the freebies alone. There's not much in the way of food, but that's not what you came here for is it? Countless stalls line the Old Truman Brewery, and most of them are beers you've never even heard of, apart from more well known favourites like Brewdog or Meantime. There are some truly interesting brews up for sale here, and even talks in between. Whatever the case, you'll come out of CBR a little more boozed, a little buzzed, but definitely satisfied with the selection available, and probably find yourself a new favourite beer to order next time you see it in a pub. 


The best thing about this festival is getting to meet all the passionate people brewing and marketing the beer. It’s such a great place to learn how each brewery makes their beer and wonderful to hear the entrepreneurial story of these businesses. There are plenty of great food options at this festival and with over 700 beers and ciders, plenty of options that you’ll be sure to find one that tickles you fancy.

What we had: 

  • Pork belly bao and chicken bao with fries from Le Bao
  • Pork steak ciabatta from Salty Loins
  • Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
  • Wild Card Brewery
  • Goose Island Beer Company

The baos at Le Bao were good and the chips super crispy with some nice paprika seasoning. I would definitely recommend going down to Hardywood Park Craft Brewery that’s near American Craft Beer Company stand as they’re a wealth of information and are always up for a good chat about their beer and beer in general to make it a great, informative, and tasty night out.

Tip: Make your way downstairs to the Fuller’s brewery corner - they do neat T-shirt prints for a small cash donation and the money goes to a good cause.

Good For: date night, something different, catching up with friends.


Great atmosphere and a great selection of craft beers and ciders.

I was worried that it would be an insufferably hipster kind of event, but this was not the case: there was a mixed crowd, and everything was really pleasant.

Bringing my significant other to CBR even gained me the title of 'Best Girlfriend Ever.' Even if this was after a couple of pints.

Well worth your time.


Craft Beer Rising, fittingly, is being held in the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane. Walking around this vast beer fest is proof of just how crowded the market is now with craft beer makers. It's more than triple the size of the last one I went to only 2 years ago. More than 150 brewers from all over the world, but mostly the U.K., are exhibiting, happy to let you sample and talk about their creations, ranging from the well-known London Pride to lesser-known Jack Black (the owner has only recently arrived in London from South Africa to launch in the U.K.). It's the best place to discover what brands and beers are out there. And it's not just about the beer, but beer's side-kick, the snacks, such as popcorn, biltong and chips, that feature too. I came home with a good selection of beers that I'd either tried or just liked the branding of. Don't miss the big Goose Island and London Pride bars downstairs if you want to take a break from walking around which can get tiring, especially when it's so busy. There's also a DJ and dance floor, and a food court. It's a bustling, interesting and needless to say boozy affair and I'm looking forward to next year. Cheers!


Lots of free samples, friendly people, and a young and buzzy atmosphere (if you're into that sort of thing). 

The event was not the easiest to find and needed a sign on the street pointing the way to the event. However, once inside this was soon forgotten and was an event not to be missed.

A massive selection of craft beers (more than anyone can taste within one evening) spanning through many different rooms within the Old Truman Brewery. Not only was there plenty of craft beer but also great music with a DJ and space to dance and dine. The variety of food was also good (and very tasty, I recommend the BAO buns).

A Very enjoyable evening and a sore head this morning. Sign of a successful beer festival. 

 Had so much fun last year, its such a good event and can't wait to sample lots more beers from some amazing small breweries

More beer than you can shake a pint glass at!

Been two years in a row and they have always had great selection of breweries - topped off with some great music. First year i went i saw Mr Scruff, the next Jazzie B. Looking forward to what they have in store for 2016

Craft Beer Rising is a must if you love beers! Great to be able to sample beer of small breweries and the fan favourites! Great day out with friends, enjoying great beers, yummy street food and live music. Looking forward to February 2016! 

Ive been to craft beer rising for the last 2 years and i plan on going next year, it was a great day out filled with good beer and street food!

Id recommend to anyone.

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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.