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Crate Brewery, Hackney Wick, E9

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White Building, Queens Yard
E9
E9 5EN
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Real Ale Ray left this review about Crate Brewery

Moderately busy on our Tuesday afternoon visit, which was a bonus as the barman spent some time with us explaining their ale selection and also handing out a good few samples, including a 9% ale which was far too strong for my palette.
There was a selection of six ales from Crate on handpump and a collaboration ale with Howling Hops next door on keg named Howl, so I went for that. This brew house was more upmarket than next door, had brighter lighting, a modern and trendy bar area and counter and I especially liked the rhombus patterned timber table tops.
Another feature here was their tasty and good sized pizzas at a reasonable price. The Brewery was also well staffed on our visit. Large tables are situated along the canal side and the graffiti artwork along the canal buildings is well worth viewing, especially the big mouth near the canal bridge and the Banksy dog with snorkel and mask.

On 5th November 2016 - rating: 9
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Thuck Phat left this review about Crate Brewery

A hugely trendy - or pretentious depending on your viewpoint - bar housing the Crate Brewery.
They've done a good job of making this former warehouse comfortable with chunky wood tables, sofas, a bar and pizza kitchen alongside the brewery itself which is segregated from the bar.
The outside terrace adjoins the River Lea and was very popular on our visits which alleviated any potential crush inside.
Service was friendly enough but, unlike at Howling Hops next door, the bar staff clearly didn't have a clue about beer, struggled to pull a pint of real ale but were quite happy to serve several pints of London murky through which the sun was never going to be seen now matter how bright.
Pizzas are the specialisation here and they were pretty good and not too expensive.
Inevitably, there were plenty of craft offerings available including one or two from Crate, although they seem to be sensible enough to realise that offering their full range to the exclusion of all else would lead to a drop in popularity.
Cask beers on during a lunchtime visit were Crate GPA, Oakham Green Devil IPA, Moor Nor Hop and Burning Sky Aurora. A great selection. An evening visit a couple weeks later also found a good selection but the bar staff were unable to pour one of the offerings and another made the neighbouring River Lea look like the clearest of Hampshire chalk streams.
Worth popping in for the experience, the pizza and the beer but the latter isn't dependably consistent.

On 20th September 2016 - rating: 7
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Bucking Fastard left this review about Crate Brewery

ORIGINAL REVIEW Sept 2012.
Situated on the ground floor of an old canalside warehouse,you enter from a wide waterside terrace which has external bench seating into an open plan bar.To the right is the brewing equipment,some upstairs while in the main body of the bar there is a pizza kitchen at the left rear wall with a serving counter in front with five handpumps.These feature the house brews,a golden ale and a strong IPA on my visit.The micro also produces a craft keg lager and several bottled beers.There are a selection of other craft keg beers ,and more assorted bottles.
The interior decor and furniture mark this place out as "craft" and the distressed refectory tables,unsanded timber artifacts,minimalist feel is almost a cliche.Being on duty meant I was unable to sample the ales,I will correct that situation at a later date.
The canal bridge opposite had some pretentious graffiti which has been wonderfully altered by a local cynic,it's now a classic piece of street comment which will please old farts everwhere.

UPDATE

The most noteable change here from a real ale fans point of view is that ,although there may be a few brews to sample from the Crate Brewery themselves,they also offer some outstanding guest ales which included on my trip Oakham Green Devil IPA and Burning Sky Aurora which is a very welcome development as I'm not sure that Crate beers are all that great.However service at the bar was disorganised with hipsters being served ahead of middle aged boozers who arrived first,whatever happened to age before beauty ! An evening visit found a very inexperienced barman who couldn't pull a pint of real ale to save his life,and on asking for a pint to be topped up,the glass was returned with even less beer in it ,after manic jerking of the handpull.
The large wooden benches along the canalside terrace were in a natural sun trap and proving very popular with the Copper Box as a backdrop on the other side of the canal.
The interior is now a bit more designed than when it first opened,pizzas are still the order of the day if you want to eat and being a stones throw from the Howling Hops Tank Room makes this a real ale mecca on this part of the Hackney Riviera.I will be back,but beware of variable bar service and sometimes not tip top ale quality.

On 2nd September 2016 - rating: 8
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Map location corrected by Bucking Fastard
Hackney Wick, 0.25 miles, 4 min walk (show)
Stratford International, 0.84 miles, 16 min walk (show)
Stratford (London), 1.17 miles, 22 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Crate Brewery, E9
5th Nov 2016, 18:13
Review submitted by Real Ale Ray amended by Real Ale Ray
 
5th Nov 2016, 17:56
Review submitted by Real Ale Ray amended by Real Ale Ray

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 24 August 2018 by ROB Camra
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 06 August 2013 by Pub SignMan
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 24 August 2018 by ROB Camra
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 24 August 2018 by ROB Camra
  • CAMRA Discount : Yes - Discount amount not stated by East London CAMRA - last updated 24 August 2018 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : No last updated 18 September 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 24 August 2018 by ROB Camra
  • Darts : No last updated 06 August 2013 by Pub SignMan
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 24 August 2018 by ROB Camra
  • Hot Food : Yes - Pizza - last updated 24 August 2018 by ROB Camra
  • Jukebox : No last updated 06 August 2013 by Pub SignMan
  • Live Music : No last updated 18 September 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 18 September 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Micropub : No last updated 24 August 2018 by ROB Camra
  • Pinball : No last updated 06 August 2013 by Pub SignMan
  • Pool Table : No last updated 06 August 2013 by Pub SignMan
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 24 August 2018 by ROB Camra
  • Real Cider : No last updated 24 August 2018 by ROB Camra
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 24 August 2018 by ROB Camra
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 24 August 2018 by ROB Camra
Opening Hours
Sunday12noon - 11:30pm
Monday12noon - 11pm
Tuesday12noon - 11pm
Wednesday12noon - 11pm
Thursday12noon - 11pm
Friday12noon - 11:30pm
Saturday12noon - 11:30pm
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