Craft Beer Rising 2016
Will the public’s thirst for craft beer ever falter? I reckon nah. We, the British public just cannot get enough of the stuff with more independent breweries and micro-breweries around than ever. We’ve had enough of cheap, weak euro-lager, and instead want to whet our whistle with strong, hoppy, fragrant brews.
Craft Beer Rising is the most exciting of all the beer festivals, and since its first outing at the Old Truman Brewery four years ago, it continues to grow and grow. This year, the festival sprawled over the main hall of the Brewery with over 150 UK and international brewers exhibiting their wares- plus a WHOLE OTHER ROOM dedicated just to cider.
We hopped (HA) down for the Saturday afternoon session, and lemme tell ya- ne’er have I seen so many bearded men wearing plaid in one place. It was like I’d died and gone to My Porn Heaven. We picked up our glasses and got set to tasting.
Each exhibitor we spoke to was passionate, knowledgeable and so friendly, explaining in great detail about their products and what makes them stand out from the craft beer crowd. Everyone was more than happy to give tasters, and then if you liked what you supped, you could purchase a pint, a half, or (sensibly) a third. Thirds cost £1 across the fest, so there’s plenty of scope to try a huge range of drinks.
Favourites for us included Hiver beer which is made with honey, Tempest Brewery’s Long White Cloud and my hear positively LEAPT with joy when I saw my favourite from Copenhagen, the Mikkeller Brewery.
There was food, and music and talks and demonstrations but mainly just full of people who BLOODY LOVE BEER. We had the BEST DAY EVER and I already cannot wait for next year. SEE YOU THERE YOU HOP-LOVING-HUNS!