CRATE was established in 2012 when the Olympics were in full swing just over the canal, and Hackney Wick was changing fast. Before they made it home the beautiful old building had a colourful past, as a print factory and a squat. The canal-side bar was built with the help of the local creative community. The result? A space full of pallets, bed-springs and railway sleepers – and one that perfectly reflects the creativity in the area. Their experimental brewhouse is where they create their Limited Edition beers, poured straight in the bar. Alongside the full CRATE range, there are rotating taps to showcase the best of the craft beer world, plus fridges packed with handpicked gems.