London Beer Week 2016 arrived at its finale with Craft Beer Rising, an assembly of 150 UK and international breweries showcasing their core, seasonal and one-off beers to a discerning crowd. Aptly staged at the Old Truman Brewery in East London, CBR gives independent brewers a chance to stand out and display their contagious passion for the craft.
Brew by Numbers’ wide range of styles struck us first. In particular, the 01|02 Saison (Amarillo & orange) was a perfect session beer with its harmonised balance of juicy Amarillo hops and aromatic Seville orange peel. It was clean, light with a dry finish and pretty popular with the crowd.
Another refreshing pick was the Cali American pale ale from Tiny Rebel Brewery, based in Newport, Wales. Cali’s citrusy aroma is typical of West Coast APAs, finishing with a light bitterness and tropical notes that were balanced with some earthiness. It was yet another crisp session beer that was remarkable for its big, juicy flavour.
We were really happy to catch up with Lervig Aktiebryggeri, the Norwegian brewers who’ve collaborated with the likes of Wild Beer Co and Magic Rock in the past. Not ones to bring a bland number to any occasion, they were pouring Pop That Cherry: a sour fruit beer that poured a deep red with a frothy pink head, jammy aroma and a pleasant tart finish.