This afternoon I was in attendance at the Craft Beer Rising festival at the Old Truman’s Brewery in East London. I was there with fellow blogger, and fellow organiser of the forthcoming Birmingham Beer Bash, David Shipman (@othertonaleman), to talk to some of the brewers on our target list. The good news is there was a lot of positivity, and I’ll most likely be talking about the event (taking place on the 26th and 27th of July) more in future weeks.
Prior to heading to Craft Beer Rising, I met David in The Cock Tavern, Hackney. It was in there that I found the first real challenge of not being able to buy beer. Before now, I have either not been into a pub, or I’ve avoided the kind of pubs that have tempting beer lines ups. Fortunately, for me, The Cock Tavern has a nice selection of ciders, and I just so happen to like cider, so I opted for a half of cider to pass the time.
As for the festival itself, I enjoyed it as a trade show, yet I’m not sure it quite works as a festival. I’d like to be there for the general public sessions tomorrow to see how the crowds move around and interact. We sampled a fair amount of beer this afternoon, some we were already considering, and some we may be considering more than we were before.
It was good to see some old faces, and it was good to meet some new ones. Hopefully when it comes to July, The Bond Co in Digbeth will be just as full as the Truman’s Brewery was this afternoon. If it’s not already in your diary, save the date now, and be sure to follow @birminghamcubed on Twitter for the latest updates.