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