The Kernel

The Kernel is one of the new stream of London brewers of which there are now around 15 forming the London Brewers Alliance. Every Saturday there’s a brewery tap and off sales shop, in the entrance to their premises on Druid St, Bermondsey.  Since learning of this…I have yearned to go – finally, last Saturday I managed to pop in. The results were excellent!

Pale vs Porter

Pale vs Porter

The majority of The Kernel’s beer is bottled – in fact I’m told they don’t put any into cask unless it’s part of a collaboration.  It is still very much real ale – all bottle conditioned and often showing off it’s ‘living’ credentials.  With many of the beers being towards the darker, stronger, varieties typically these are sold in 330ml bottles.


Carefully pouring

As usual, I failed to write any tasting notes at all.  But I did really enjoy the beers I sampled (it’s best to go halves with a friend if you want to try them all!) and brought a few home for further tasting. Over the course of a couple of hours there was a brisk trade in people calling in to pick up a few bottles – and not just the stereotypical CAMRA types like myself, but a normal cross section of South London.

This is Bermondsey

This is Bermondsey

It is very much a ‘whilst stocks last’ kind of enterprise – the chalk board lost the citra IPA not long after we arrived, leaving only the Pale Ale South as a light option! At £2.50 / bottle, this is a very cost effective way to pick up some quality London brews.

Beer menu

Beer menu

The Kernel is open every Saturday with an ever changing menu – check their website for details.


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