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Beer hasn’t been made in the Truman Brewery since 1989, but in its new guise as an event space, the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane is once again at the beating heart of the capital’s beer industry this weekend.
Craft Beer Rising is returning to the Brewery after a successful inaugural show last year, and it’s bigger and better than ever with more than 400 beers on offer from over 75 breweries, running from today (Friday) until Sunday 23 February.
There’s a strong London presence among the breweries included, with beers from Beavertown in Hackney, By The Horns in Wandsworth and Brixton Brewery all available to try alongside brews from small breweries around the country and some bigger names like Brewdog, Fuller’s and Meantime.
Talks, guided tasting sessions and panel discussions are being hosted on subjects such as innovation in the beer industry and food and beer matching for those who are interested, although you’re more than welcome to just make your own way around, too. The beer is accompanied by street food stalls and live music, and judging by last year, an atmosphere of festival merriment is a guaranteed part of the package.
The show runs from 11am until midnight on Friday and Saturday and until 6pm on Sunday. Ticket prices start from £16.50 for a half-day session, with full details on the website.
Batemans’ Black Pepper Ale
A light and fresh beer with a hit of pepper heat
Beavertown’s Bloody ’Ell
A tangy IPA made with blood orange
Camden Town’s Flue Faker
A seasonal beer made with beechwood smoked malt