The Kernel is a London brewery selling pale ales, stouts and porters. You can buy beer directly from the brewery on Saturday mornings.
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The Kernel Brewery
Unit 11,Dockley Road Industrial Estate,Bermondsey,London SE16 3SF,UKSE16 3SF
- +44 20 7231 4516
Update: The Kernel no longer sells beer to drink on site during their Saturday open hours - only beer to take away. Nevertheless, Kernel still makes the best beer in London (and some of the best in the world, really), so this is still one of the best brewery visits in London. The staff are great and will give you samples if you ask. The Kernel also still does the occasional special event with...more
The Kernel Brewery is supposed to be the star of the Bermondsey Beer Mile, but I actually thought it was the most disappointing. The three other breweries we went to (Fourpure, Partisan, and Brew by Numbers) all had great outdoor areas, but we rushed them and rearranged our schedule to arrive at Kernel before they stopped serving at 2 PM. By contrast, Kernel is all indoors, and like the...more
The beers on their own; amazing, subtle, out of this world.
As an experience The Kernel is becoming a victim of its own success. Huge queues to buy drinks, staff too busy to answer questions and chat and zero chance of getting a table should you arrive after opening.
I'd strongly recommend buying their beers in a pub but for drinks in a brewery I think Brew By Numbers and Partizan (both...more
In a lot of cities there's a certain trend in favor of speakeasy joints, where part of the allure is "discovering" something hidden. But usually what you also discover is snooty attitudes and overpriced drinks.
The Kernel is the antidote. It is kinda hidden (under a railroad arch in an industrial park) so it does require an element of discovery. But once there, the arches are surprisingly...more
I didn't manage to get a tour of the brewery, but I did manage to make a purchase of a few bottles of Kernel Beer from the nice folks under the rail archway. I would have gotten more, but dang it, beer is heavy when you're lugging it around London in a backpack.
When I got it home and got it chilled. it was excellent. The IPA with Citra hops was heavenly. A sharp tang of grapefruit, it poured...more