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Crate Brewery (Brewery Tap)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Crate - American Pale AleExcellent1
Crate - Lemon GoseExcellent1
Crate - Black IPAExcellent1
Salopian - Bullet ProofExcellent1
Crate - Session IPAExcellent2
Wylam - Remain in the LightExcellent1
Crate - American Nut BrownExcellent1
Crate - Double IPAExcellent1
Arbor Ales - Boomtown BrownExcellent1
Crate - German Pale AleGood1
Crate - RyeGood3
Vocation - Chop & Change TopazGood1
Saltaire - Hop #256Good1
Clouded Minds - Elisir Amber AleGood1
Oakham - CitraNot Tried0
Crate - Pale AleNot Tried0
Crate - PorterNot Tried0
Crate - Golden AleNot Tried0
Salopian - OracleNot Tried0
Salopian - Darwin's OriginNot Tried0
Blackjack - Keyworth MidNot Tried0
Swannay (formerly Highland) - Orkney IPANot Tried0
Magic Rock - High WireNot Tried0
Salopian - Lemon DreamNot Tried0
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - JaipurNot Tried0
Saltaire - Amarillo GoldNot Tried0
Crate - GoldenNot Tried0
Crate - Brewers Tap Amber AleNot Tried0
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Brother RabbitNot Tried0
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - McConnel'sNot Tried0
Burning Sky - PlateauNot Tried0
Oakham - Scarlet MacawNot Tried0
Roosters - Wake Up CallNot Tried0
Crate - Red AleNot Tried0
Picture 1. Crate Brewery, Hackney, Greater London
Picture 2. Crate Brewery, Hackney, Greater London
Picture 3. Crate Brewery, Hackney, Greater London
Stephen Harris

Visits Details

08 Dec 2017 (Stephen Harris)
This pub has expanded into the premises next door since my last visit, more than doubling the inside seating area. This is just as well, as it is a bitterly cold evening and everybody wants to be inside.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Arbor Ales - Boomtown Brown5.30ExcellentArbor have turned their hand to a Brown Ale with their usual aplomb. Hoppy and spicy.
Burning Sky - Plateau3.50Not Tried
Crate - Session IPA3.60Not Tried
Crate - Red Ale4.10Not Tried
21 Aug 2017 (Jason)
Just after lunchtime opening, pleasant airy but trendy atmosphere with plenty of bench seating to absorb customers, which consisted mainly of tattooed men with their hair in buns.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Crate - Session IPA3.60ExcellentFruity hit, mainly peach with an occasional blackcurrant twist. Delicious.
Oakham - Scarlet Macaw4.40Not Tried
Roosters - Wake Up Call6.50Not Tried
17 May 2017 (Stephen Harris)
Mid-evening on a rainy day. It’s crowded in here, but not with the usual Hipsters and Big-Beards – more of a sporty throng. They’ve been doing something energetic in the Olympic Park and have a huge thirst for beer and hunger for pizza.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Salopian - Bullet Proof5.80ExcellentA strong, golden IPA.
Crate - American Nut Brown5.20ExcellentFrom a keg of some sort. Rich and dark and smooth.
Crate - Session IPA3.60GoodThe cask was misbehaving in some way and the beer foaming and spluttering. Golden in colour, it felt a bit battered by the time a glassful had been squeezed out. Good hoppy tastes though.
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - McConnel's5.00Not Tried
Burning Sky - Plateau3.50Not Tried
Crate - Rye5.50Not Tried
27 Apr 2017 (Stephen Harris)
Early evening – drizzly and cool. Busy inside, but plenty of space at the outside tables. I note that beer has become rather expensive here.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Crate - Rye5.50AcceptableA nice rye twang, but not as full-bodied as I recall this beer usually to be.
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Brother Rabbit4.00Not Tried
Saltaire - Hop #2565.00Not Tried
Crate - Golden4.00Not Tried
05 Mar 2017 (Stephen Harris)
A rainy late afternoon and the Sunday crowds are a bit thinner than usual. I even found a place to sit. My first visit here this year, so this becomes number 21 on my 2017 tour of London breweries and brewery taps.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Crate - Lemon Gose4.40ExcellentOn keg dispense. Golden. Sharp, sour, salty and lemony.
Clouded Minds - Elisir Amber Ale5.30GoodAmber/gold and dominated by bitter hops.
Saltaire - Amarillo Gold4.50Not Tried
Crate - Golden4.00Not Tried
Crate - Brewers Tap Amber Ale4.20Not Tried
04 Nov 2016 (Stephen Harris)
Wet weather means most of the Friday night crowds are staying away.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Crate - Double IPA9.90ExcellentOn keg dispense – brewed in collaboration with Howling Hops. Very powerful stuff.
Crate - Rye5.50GoodA full-on rye flavour.
Salopian - Lemon Dream4.50Not Tried
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Jaipur5.90Not Tried
16 Sep 2016 (Stephen Harris)
Early evening – just as the crowds were starting to build up. I sat on one of the outside tables in the yard at the rear, for a change.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Wylam - Remain in the Light5.00ExcellentAn amber-coloured Pale Ale. Good body and flavour. Bitter.
Swannay (formerly Highland) - Orkney IPA4.80Not Tried
Magic Rock - High Wire5.50Not Tried
Crate - Golden Ale3.80Not Tried
Crate - Rye5.50Not Tried
05 Aug 2016 (Stephen Harris)
Early evening after a stroll around the Olympic Park in pleasant weather. Inevitably, it is packed in here.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Crate - German Pale Ale3.80GoodVery pale in colour. The presence of (presumably) German hops give this flavoursome beer a Lager-like quality.
Salopian - Oracle4.00Not Tried
Salopian - Darwin's Origin4.30Not Tried
Blackjack - Keyworth Mid4.80Not Tried
14 Apr 2016 (Stephen Harris)
Fairly quiet in the late afternoon and the weather nice enough to sit outside.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Crate - American Pale Ale4.30ExcellentAmber-coloured and bang on style.
Crate - Black IPA7.20ExcellentOn keg dispense. A fabulous, strong, Black IPA with a big hop hit and a very firm malt base. Probably my favourite beer style and this is amongst the best I have tried. Pushing five stars, but this pint just held back by an unwanted carbonation.
Saltaire - Hop #2565.00GoodAmber-coloured and hoppy. Very bitter finish.
Crate - Golden Ale3.80Not Tried
Crate - Porter4.10Not Tried
17 Feb 2016 (Stephen Harris)
Relatively quiet in here, to the extent that I was able to get a seat inside.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Crate - Rye5.50GoodBrown in colour. Smooth and strong. Rye flavours subdued at start, but developed over the course of the pint.
Vocation - Chop & Change Topaz4.50GoodA golden beer that took a long time to clear. Bitter and fruity hop tastes.
Oakham - Citra4.20Not Tried
Crate - Pale Ale4.50Not Tried
Crate - Porter4.10Not Tried

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About the Crate Brewery

The pub sign. Crate Brewery, Hackney, Greater London

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional-
Excellent29
Good26
Acceptable4
Poor1

Website.

The pub is found in Hackney, Greater London, E9 5EN.

Hackney Wick has seen a transformation from grim area of industrial units to thriving ‘creative’ quarter. Only problem is, all the traditional pubs had closed down. The Crate Brewery was established in July 2012 in a former industrial premises and is a combination of brewpub and pizza restaurant, although with a predominately ‘pub’ feel. There is a large, high-ceilinged room and outside seating (some in boats) beside the canal. Initially the five-barrel brewery kit was visible in a room alongside, but in July 2013 the brewery moved to larger premises nearby. Inside, the furniture is made of recycled packing cases and pallets. It stands literally at the gate of the Olympic Park.

We have visited this pub 37 times, seen 63 different beers and tried 34 of them.

Map location

Postcode: E9 5EN