A handful of great craft beer outlets can be found in Hackney Wick, a 20 minute walk from Stratford Shopping Centre (through the Olympic Village), which can also be reached via Hackney Wick station or kayak if you’re feeling particularly adventurous.
Howling Hops – Unit 9A, Queen’s Yard, White Post Ln, London, E9 5EN
Howling Hops serve straight from one of ten massive tanks, in a large open plan warehouse unit, with BBQ food offered by residents Billy Smokes. In addition to the indoor seating there is also a number of benches outside, overlooking the courtyard of the Queen’s Yard industrial estate (an increasingly familiar view on the craft beer scene).
Crate Brewery – Unit 7, Queen’s Yard, Hackney Wick, London E9 5EN
Right next to to Howling Hops you’ll find Crate Brewery. Here you’ll find perfect spot on the riverbank to enjoy Crate’s beers brewed on site. The view and equally good beer perhaps account for how busy both the indoor bar and outside area were when we visited on a sunny Sunday afternoon in May. Their stonebaked pizza also looked very nice.
Mick’s Garage – Unit 8, Queen’s Yard, Hackney Wick, London E9 5EN
Crate have another unit on the Estate, Mick’s Garage. In addition to a (quieter) bar, the converted warehouse is also home to two floors of craft (as in ‘arts and craft’) stalls from independent sellers and a space to sit out back covered almost entirely in astroturf. At night the space becomes a club with ticketed events.
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