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Published August 23rd 2012
Chilled local in a reinvented Hackney Wick
A micobrewery that holds its own. cratebrewery.com
Still in their infancy, Crate Brewery is the love child of business owners, locals and community volunteers located in the White Building in Hackney Wick.
Combining a microbrewery with a pizzeria, it satisfies the universal predicament of feeling peckish while out having a drink. It is conveniently located a short stroll from Hackney Wick station for those looking for a drink prior to a night out in East London.
The atmosphere is a tad hipstery given its proximity to a burgeoning creative industry, which continues to sprawl eastward. Surrounding are several gallery spaces, a performance centre and theatre all part of the radical transformation of the Lower Lea Valley. There is also a very commercial reminder of the Games with the Olympic Stadium looming not too far off in Stratford. Not to worry, I found the vibe welcoming and there was a particular charm as the sun set over the Lea Navigation.
Magic has been worked in this ex-industrial site. cratebrewery.com
The outside communal seating offers a great opportunity to chat with those seated around and make new friends. You can also make your way into the bar area where there is plenty of seating, from comfy couches to barley sacks in the ex-industrial site.
The offerings include an assortment of pizzas each with an eclectic mixture of toppings. They range from Middle Eastern lamb to sweet potato, gorgonzola and walnut. Other flavours include spicy salami, red onion, courgette, feta and a more traditional margherita, all ranging from £8-£12. Vegans will also be pleased to know that they offer a vegan alternative if prompted.
The brewery gets top honours and beer lovers will be pleased with the Crate Golden. Admittedly this brew went down all too easy for me and I had to indulge in another. Another favourite is the IPA and there are other international selections to choose from.
However, you must have time to spare with the service. My pizza took ages to arrive on a busy Saturday evening and I had become weary that it had got lost in the mix. I decided to credit this to the growing demands of their new found following. However, I have no doubt that this place can outlive their honey moon period as they are a worthy addition to the area.