"Crate Brewery and Pizzeria"Review Rating: Reviewed by T.A.O
There was a time when a brewery and pizzeria in Hackney Wick seemed like an idea dreamed up by crazy people. But that was pre-artist invasion and before the Olympic affect made a lot of people hip to an area of Hackney brimming with potential.
Among those people were founders of the local Counter Café who saw a chance to launch the brewery and pizzeria they wanted in a perfect canal-side location. They say finding a venue is all location, location, location and in this case it’s the truth. Sitting on a quiet spot of canal, the former warehouse is a picture postcard shot of modern Hackney.
Inside, the décor is all DIY design, which includes the railway sleeper bar, bedspring lampshades, hopsack sofa and pallet made tables. Most of the materials were salvaged from the local area and perhaps the biggest compliment you could pay is that it doesn’t show one bit.
The on-site brewery produces the majority of beers on tap and careful production has come up with a pretty mean selection. The Golden ale is great, along with the IPA but the real star is the Crate Porter. There are a whole host of microbreweries popping up around town but thanks to its location, Crate bobs above the majority of them.
The beer comes accompanied by wood oven pizzas, which like the liquid refreshments are their own kind of artisan. Toppings like Middle Eastern lamb and sweet potato, walnut and Stilton are an indication of the more unusual flavour combinations to be found on top of the thin crispy bases.
Hackney Wick might prove to be a long traipse out east for some, but the combination of fine beer and pizza is likely to vindicate any long journey.
T.A.O reviewed CRATE Brewery & Pizzeria on Tue 18 Dec 2012