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CRAFTY: Beer festival heads to the UK

CRAFT BEER Rising, the UK’s biggest craft beer festival, will return to East London for it’s sixth edition in 2018.

CBR 18 will run from February 22-24 at the historic Old Truman Brewery site on Brick Lane. The festival offers exhibits from an extensive selection of the world’s best breweries,175 in total, a new street food programme, a broad cider selection and sets from international DJs Krafty Kuts, Daddy G of Massive Attack, Radio 6’s Don Letts and A Guy Called Gerald.

Organisers have claimed CBR’s unique blend of craft beer, street food and music makes for an unpretentious, exuberant beer festival unrivalled in the UK.

Since its inception, CBR has built a reputation as the launch-pad for exciting new brews and innovations in the brewing industry. Beer fans travel from afar to taste the beers, check out product launches and for the rare chance to meet the faces behind the brands.

Next year 175 breweries will exhibit at CBR with well-established beer brands such as Meantime, Sierra Nevada and Oakham Ales sitting alongside local rising stars like Gipsy Hill, Brixton Breweryand Mondo. Exciting new additions for 2018 include Lost + Found A.BL, Unity Brewing Co and Fierce Beer amongst others, while brews like Orchard Pig, Thistly Cross Cider and Sheppys represent the Cider world.

This balance between independents and established breweries is what sets CBR apart in an otherwise crowded beer festival market.

This edition sees the festival expand from 8,000 to 12,000 attendees across its 3 days and as part of its growth welcomes a broader range of international brews. Representing New Zealand are the award winning Yeastie Boys while neighbouring Ozzie outfit Little Creatures bring their hoppy beers too. Also from the Southern Hemisphere is the Bira 91 brand from India who’ll join Stone Brewing Berlin - a brew originating in San diego but now based in Germany. ORA Brewing from Italy will also be at CBR 18; a brand promising to blend “finest Italian ingredients with British beer styles.”

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