Are pop ups just a one night stand?
I love pop ups. I love London. I love beer. So when tickets came round again for another London Craft Beer Cruise I bought tickets immediately. We went last year for the Mr’s birthday and it was awesome but the few days before this years cruise rolled round I started thinking should you go to the same pop up twice or will it just be one big comparison.
The short answer is, well, yes & no. The event can still be (and was) as great as last year but you are going to by hyper aware of anything that is different and that can mainly be the negative. The format was pretty much the same, we got on board, were handed our glasses and headed off to find a seat before cruising down the Thames sipping on delicious beer and comparing notes. Now there was a little mess up with our tickets which was immediately sorted and new wristbands were supplied and for that I’m grateful, however I did find this time round to be a little less organised than the first time I went. Like I said I had super high expectations and for the most part it was awesome but I did feel like a lot of the great aspects of last year – meet the brewers etc. were absent and made the vibe of the cruise different.
This is not me dissing the London Craft Beer Cruise because I think it’s awesome and if you love craft beer and London then it’s a match made in heaven, I just thought it was interesting how pop ups can change the second time around and wanted to consider whether they should be left as a one time thing. If you’ve never been on one before they have a few more cruises this year so book a ticket and I’m sure you will discover a new favourite beer, this year I tasted and fell in love with Millions of Peaches by Hackney Brewery; if you love sour beers you need this in your life! Seeing the sights of London from the river especially as a Londoner is beautiful, I saw parts of my city I’d never explored and are now on my list to visit.
What do you think, should pop ups be a one time thing?