Review: Crate, Hackney Wick’s Craft Brewery

Crate Brewery is a craft brewery and pizzeria in the heart of Hackney Wick. Crate is a local business owned and implemented by local members of the Hackney Wick community. Just in time for the Olympics, they’re open and looking forward to a great summer ahead.

Last night, we took ourselves down to Fish Island, Hackney Wick (FIHW) to see what all the fuss was about…

Entering via Queen’s Yard or walking to the end of White Post Lane, on the very borders of the Olympic site you’ll find Crate. The brand new brewery, bar and pizzeria hidden in the shadows of the stadium. From the proprietors that gave us The Counter Cafe, word that a micro brewery making unique craft beer, served alongside fresh, delicious pizzas was something not to be missed.

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Situated in The White Building, one of the only official Olympic Legacy buildings outside of the Olympic Park. With a lot of elbow grease the owners and a crew of local volunteers transformed the old canal-side print factory into this exciting new venue. The converted industrial interior has been created by local designers using reclaimed materials, reflecting the creativity and artistic ethos of the Hackney Wick community.

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Being in the location it is, we could hear the roaws and cheers from the Olympic Stadium for Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford as they achieved golds last night. As the cheers grew louder, Crate projected the live feed from the BBC onto one of the white walls of the bar which created a great atmosphere in the room. I have a smile on my face writing about this now, “GB’s greatest Olympic night decorated by golds for Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford“.

My first tipple of the night was Crate Brewery – Golden Ale. It was a very Golden Ale, soft and a bit creamy, you could certainly taste the bitter hop. After I’d finished a pint of that I decided to taste the Mongozo Mango Beer from the menu, this was by the bottle. It was quite fresh with a strong aroma of mango, light and sweet a bit cider like.

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On this occasion we didn’t sample the pizzas, there were about eight different choices of stone baked pizzas available. Ranging from £8 for a Margarita to £12 for a Middle Eastern Lamb, other toppings included, Sage & Truffle Potato,  Sweet Potato, Gorgonzola & Walnut and Laksa Chicken. We’ll definitely be back to see whether they’ll live up to our expectations!

Overall the Crate is a pretty cool place to hangout, would recommend it to any of the locals or people visiting the area. I’ll be back again for sure!


ADDRESS – 7 White Post Lane, London, E95EN


OPENING TIMES – Mon – Sun 12:00 – 23:00


TWITTER – @CrateBrewery


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