It’s Craft Beer Rising festival this weekend. With more than 200 varieties on offer, choosing is a challenge. Don’t worry, we’ve identified your perfect craft beer match.
1. FOOD INSTAGRAMMER?
TRY MEANTIME BREWING CO YAKIMA RED (4.1 PERCENT)
What’s that in the corner of your latest artily filtered snap of your dinner? A glass of wine? Socially speaking, you could appear so much cooler to your 54 followers. This versatile ruby-coloured beer from Greenwich has personality enough to stand up to most foods, but is considerate enough to step into the background when required. Grab a bottle or two before heading to your local BYO restaurant, or have a half with your Sunday roast.
2. GREEN QUEEN?
TRY TAP EAST COFFEE IN THE MORNING (5.5 PERCENT)
Imported bottled lager: it’s a bit Patrick Bateman, plus an oversized carbon footprint really isn’t trendy at the moment. So drink straight from the source! This smooth stout is brewed, served and supped on the same site in Westfield Stratford; the addition of coffee beans from Tap East’s neighbour Grind makes this as much of a breakfast beer as you’re ever likely to get away with…
TRY FULLERS FRONTIER LAGER (4.5 PERCENT)
Traditional gig beer is fizzy and bland and served in plastic glasses: no wonder people chuck it around instead of drinking it. So look for something more exciting: this lager-IPA hybrid brewed in small batches by the river in Chiswick. It has the best of both worlds, with the refreshing crispness of lager and the flavoursome punch of hops. What’s more, it will make even the most amateurish live band sound brilliant.
TRY BEAVERTOWN BARLEY CHAMPAGNE (8.7 PERCENT)
Bramley apple juice from Kent, spicy yeast from France and a whole lot of Hackney Wick brewing knowhow – this effervescent and strengthy delight isn’t one to gulp down. It demands to be pondered and savoured. Don’t drink beer to forget, drink it to think! If the mixologist’s art is to make a few ingredients into a cocktail that is greater than the sum of its parts, imagine this ‘champagne’ in the same way: about as far from a pint of brown bitter as you can get.
TRY BY THE HORNS HOPSLINGER BLACK IPA (5.7 PERCENT)
You’ve stood patiently in queues outside all the latest no-bookings small-plates Soho hotspots. You’ve sat at the bar as a bearded sommelier explained to you the characteristics of that earthy and cheeky New World red in the artfully rustic tumbler in front of you. But… isn’t it getting a bit boring? Turn instead to this black IPA packed full of New World hops and made in Wandsworth. It’s an oxymoron: dark as the night in colour but fruity and citrusy as a jug of summer lemonade.
Craft Beer Rising is at the Old Truman Brewery from Fri Feb 21- Sun Feb 23.