- Public Transport within 5 miles
Kernel Brewery sell all of their beers out of the arch that brewery occupies. This normally amounts to about eight varieties, including several IPAs (one of which is black), stout and porter, all of which are listed on a blackboard in the front of the shop.
Get in Touch
Tel: 020 7231 4516
Bus: Plenty of options, consult TFL website
Station: Bermondsey, 0.6 miles; London Bridge, 0.7 miles; Borough, 1 mile
Evin O'Riordain set up his brewery beneath a London railway arch in late 2009, after collecting a mere two years' worth of experience as a homebrewer. What began as a small operation, suppliying a loyal following of London bars and restaurants, has since grown a tad larger, moving just down the road to a bigger premises. What has continued is the Open Saturday Mornings, to sell directly. If you visit, expect to be able to choose between eight beers – including IPA, stout and porter – all of which you are free to enjoy while you soak up the atmosphere.
Evin's not the only trader to welcome members of the public - as in his original location, Maltby Street, Spa Terminus is becoming a foodie hub for people who have become frustrated by the heaving crowds at nearby food market, Borough. In fact, several stalwarts of the London food scene have their bases here – this is where Monmouth roast their coffee beans, and The Ham and Cheese company let their cheeses mature and hams hang. Unsurprisingly, the air is rich with the aromas of delicious things.
Kernel Brewery used to operate a cash-only system, as did all of their neighours, so best check beforehand to be prepared.
The IPAs – the selection on offer always changes, so expect different hops and alcohol levels depending on the day you visit. The beers available on draught that day will be listed on a blackboard inside the front of the arch (alongside their alcohol levels, so you won't be caught out unknowingly by a pesky 10.5%). The Black IPA (and jet black at that) is worth a mention too
Export Stout – 2011 Supreme Champion, International Beer Challenge
Export Stout - Gold, Best Stout/Porter/Mild, and Gold, Bottled Beer in 2011 SIBA, South-East Brewing Awards
- Larsen Porter - Best Beer of the Festival 2010, CAMRA Pigs Ear, East London & City Branch
- Recycled bottle labels