Quality Artisan and Craft Beer at the Old Truman Brewery – Craft Beer Rising:
If you’re a London based Craft Beer lover, then you’ll probably already be aware of Craft Beer Rising, the annual event for quality craft beer held annually in the Old Truman Brewery in Brick Lane. If you have not visited before then it should definitely be on your “To-do” list for 2020!
London Unattached was invited to attend and we enjoyed it, maybe slightly too much as the next morning left your reviewer with a slightly fuzzy head! Having said that it should be taken as an indication of the quality of the beer rather than anything else. It reminded me of attending a certain Rum event a few years back, where, by the end of the evening there were many merry people… but happy, friendly, really enjoying the evening people! If you think that it will be full of football/Rugby types hammering down as much alcohol as they can then you’ll be very wrong. CBR’s audience is wwide-ranging and a tribute to the massive changes in the Beer scene in the UK. At one end were the beer-nerds, which I am reluctantly including myself in, and those that might be seen waving a phone in front of their glass to get a good shot, across to groups of women(yes, women who like beer! We’re no longer in the dark ages for goodness sake!) out to enjoy the many beers available from the 155 different breweries.
Craft beer is a bit of a catch-all descriptor these days, but it works well to imply the meaning…. decent, quality, lovingly produced beer from people who love what they do.
There were the big hitters, from Brooklyn Brewery and London Fields brewing, moving on through Brewdog and Fourpure to the smaller breweries such as Mad Squirrel, Tiny Rebel, Wild card, Yeastie boys etc…. Too many to list here, but safe to say that if you have a brewery whose beer you love then it’s likely they were in attendance.
It’s not just Beer either, Beer goes with food and entertainment. A separate space was assigned to food traders. Beer actually pairs extremely well with food, offering arguably a wider range of pairing than wine! Currently, it’s still often seen as being suited to quality fast food or pub food, but that’s changing, and London-Unattached has reported on that before. Entertainment was provided with table tennis tables, shuffleboards, VR experiences, and musically by DJ sessions from the likes of Pete Paphides, Don Letts and The Cuban Brothers.
London Unattached will be bringing you more from the UK’s expanding Beer scene soon, so keep an eye out here for future articles and brewery tours. And next year don’t hesitate, buy that Craft Beer Rising ticket and go, you will not regret it!