An annual festival, which draws thousands of people to the event each year, the Craft Beer Rising Festival has grown from strength to strength each year since its inception. The popularity of craft beer in the country has helped the festival reach new markets over the last year, with Millennials as well as craft beer’s original demographic enjoying the many independent products now available on the market.
The festival is held at the Old Truman Brewery in East London. For the fourth year the festival aims to bring together all the craft beer enthusiasts that often frequent the many establishments in London on a regular basis. But, it’s not just residents of the United Kingdom who venture to the festival annually, many foreign travellers have been known to attend the event especially in the last couple of years as the festival’s stock has risen considerably.
This year, 150 different exhibitors will be showcasing the finest in craft brews. In fact, there will be a total of 380+ beers on offer this year – a record for the festival. The festival has also obtained a ‘take-out licence’ which will allow guests to take home some of their favourite beers.
Additionally, the festival will launch a new area called ‘Lost in Cyber Space’ which will feature the best in craft cider and “apple-based beverages,” according to the festival’s official website.
However don’t be fooled into thinking this is just a festival for craft beer lovers. The festival also has a slew of live music planned for the event as well tasting stations, food vendors and “panel debates from craft beer industry experts.”
The tickets for the event start at £15. On top of the standard admission, guests will also receive a free programme and a festival glass to take home with them.
Tips for Foreign Travellers
If you’re coming in from a neighbouring European country, the chances are you’ll be able to pick up a flight for below €200 as long as you book in advance. Always look to book flights with a reputable price comparison website that is recommended by an established new publication like the Guardian or Huffington Post.
Do research on the airport you’re arriving at, and how to get to the festival upon arrival. The chances are you’ll fly into Heathrow Airport, which is the third busiest airport in the world, so be prepared for large queues. If by chance you’re getting picked up by a family or friend that is living in London, make sure they take advantage of the short stay car parks at Heathrow according to Parking4Less, as they’ll be able to drive in and pick you up from the arrivals terminal while only paying a small amount on parking as opposed to using the long stay lots miles away from the airport. These short stay terminals are designed to make it easier and quicker for passengers to exit the terminals.
Alternatively, if you cannot secure a lift and don’t want to pay for a cab there are other options. From Heathrow, you will be able to travel directly into the centre of London via its underground tube line. From there it’s relatively stress-free to get to the festival via Shoreditch underground station near Brick Lane where the festival is situated.