CRATE Brewery & Pizzeria

The White Building, Queens Yard, Hackney Wick, London

Crate Brewery and Pizzeria

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Address: Queens Yard
Hackney Wick
E9 5EN
Map:Map & nearby
Venue Type:Bars
Region:Hackney Wick
Nearest Station:Hackney Wick
Opening Hours:

Sun - Thurs: 12:00 - 23:00 (Pizzeria closes at 22:00)
Fri & Sat: 12:00 - 00:00 (Pizzeria closes at 23:00)
Email:Send an email

About: Crate is Hackney Wick's first craft brewery and pizzeria, situated canal-side in a former print factory. Since opening in July 2012, it's craft beers (brewed on site!) and crate-baked pizza has already gained critical and popular acclaim and continues to go from strength to delicious strength!

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It may sound like we’ve entered the wrong venue here but Crates Brewery is not just a Hackney Wick brewhouse but a delightful pizzeria. Residing in a large warehouse space on the canal, the joint pizza and craft beer venture is a big reason to head into the relatively unchartered realms of the Wick.

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You can’t get much hipper than a former warehouse by the Regent’s Canal in Hackney Wick, transformed into a brewery producing craft beer. They also make pizza to order with unusual toppings such as lamb and sweet potato, and walnut and stilton.

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Cool Hackney Wick location overlooking the canal? Tick. Warehouse space that doubles as art gallery? Tick. Furniture made from recycled materials? Tick. Pizzas with fun toppings like Middle Eastern lamb to soak up the craft beers brewed in-house? Tick.

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In terms of being on-trend, Crate ticks all the boxes. There’s an on-site brewery producingcraft beer, the restaurant serves pizzas, the furniture is made from upcycled materials (i.e. tables made from old pallets), it’s right by the canal in Hackney Wick, and DJs spin tunes in the evenings. Oh, and the male staff sport beards of course.

"Crate Brewery and Pizzeria"

Review Rating: 8 / 10
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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

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