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Crate Brewery (Brewery Tap)

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Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Hippocrates' Purge Excellent1
Crate - American Pale AleExcellent1
Crate - Black IPAExcellent1
Crate - Night JarExcellent1
Crate - PorterExcellent2
Crate - German Pale AleGood1
Crate - RyeGood1
Crate - Pale AleGood2
Vocation - Chop & Change TopazGood1
Saltaire - Hop #256Good1
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Late StarAcceptable1
Crate - SourAcceptable1
Hogs Back - T.E.A.Not Tried0
Crate - Golden AleNot Tried0
Crate - BestNot Tried0
Siren Craft - Liquid Mistress Red IPANot Tried0
Moor - Nor'HopNot Tried0
Roosters - Blind JackNot Tried0
Moor - RevivalNot Tried0
Oakham - Green Devil IPANot Tried0
Oakham - CitraNot Tried0
Salopian - OracleNot Tried0
Salopian - Darwin's OriginNot Tried0
Blackjack - Keyworth MidNot 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

05 Aug 2016 (Stephen Harris)
Early evening after a stroll around the Olympic Park in pleasant weather. Inevitably, it is packed in here.
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.
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.
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
08 Jan 2016 (Stephen Harris)
Crowded and loud in the mid-evening, but the DJ’s music choice was more to my liking that at Howling Hops next door.
Crate - Night Jar9.20ExcellentOn keg dispense. In the style of a Belgian Triple and very good. Expensive, but in a good cause; part of the proceeds helping to provide shelter for the unfortunate migrants/refugees in Calais.
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Late Star5.00AcceptableA rather ordinary, golden-brown Bitter. may not have been at its best here.
Moor - Revival3.80Not Tried
Oakham - Green Devil IPA6.00Not Tried
Crate - Rye5.50Not Tried
03 Oct 2015 (Stephen Harris)
All too brief a time standing out by the canal before setting off as a group to watch football at Brisbane Road. Less busy here than I’m used to. Three Moor beers were also available but I forget which ones.
Crate - Pale Ale4.50GoodI enjoyed this fresh-tasting Pale Ale.
Crate - Golden Ale3.80Not Tried
04 Sep 2015 (Stephen Harris)
As ever, it is packed out here tonight.
Thornbridge / Thornbridge Hall - Hippocrates' Purge 4.50ExcellentI drank a rather mediocre honey beer the other day – this is the opposite end of the scale. Nice, subtle honey flavours, enhanced by orange blossom and elderflower.
Crate - Golden Ale3.80Not Tried
Crate - Rye5.50Not Tried
Roosters - Blind Jack3.70Not Tried
18 Jun 2015 (Stephen Harris)
Six deep at the bar here in the mid-evening, but efficient staff are dealing quickly with the masses. Unusually, there is only one cask beer available tonight.
Crate - Sour5.30AcceptableOn keg dispense. Sour it certainly is, but I was disappointed by Crate’s first entry into the popular sour category. The beer is a little unsophisticated. It tastes like a base beer ready to be blended, or aged, or to have fruit, spices or hops added (maybe all of that is going to happen). A pint was almost too much – in fact it was for Robert and some of his was used to top up the canal.
Crate - Rye5.50Not Tried
10 Jun 2015 (Stephen Harris)
Early evening. A chill wind is blowing along the canal, so the tables at the front are shunned and instead everybody is out the back in the yard. Disappointingly I have missed the new Citra Pale Ale, which has run out.
Crate - Pale Ale4.50GoodA hazy golden colour, fruity and a bit yeasty.
Moor - Nor'Hop4.10Not Tried
Crate - Golden Ale3.80Not Tried
Crate - Rye5.50Not Tried
12 Apr 2015 (Stephen Harris)
Pub at its best – a warm Sunday evening with crowds of people sat outside, a variety of ramshackle craft moving on the canal to watch, and plenty of staff to keep the beer queue moving.
Crate - Porter4.10ExcellentCurrently my favourite of the range.
Crate - Best4.30Not Tried
Siren Craft - Liquid Mistress Red IPA5.80Not Tried
Crate - Rye5.50Not Tried
15 Mar 2015 (Stephen Harris)
Relatively quiet at around 1pm and I managed to find somewhere inside to sit. Rain seemed to be putting off some of the passing trade here.
Crate - Porter4.10ExcellentEnjoyable pint.
Hogs Back - T.E.A.4.20Not Tried
Crate - Golden Ale3.80Not Tried
Crate - Best4.30Not Tried
Crate - Rye5.50Not Tried

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About the Crate Brewery

The pub sign. Crate Brewery, Hackney, Greater London

Summary of Beer Scores



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 40 times, seen 69 different beers and tried 37 of them.

Map location

Postcode: E9 5EN