The Kernel Brewery

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The Kernel BreweryThe Kernel Brewery
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The Kernel BreweryThe Kernel Brewery

Type: Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

Unit 11, Dockley Road Industrial Estate
London, England, SE16 3SF
United Kingdom

0775 7552636 | map

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Added by mdagnew on 07-18-2010

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Ratings: 20 |  Reviews: 4
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4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

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3.33/5  rDev -22.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5

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4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

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4.51/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

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4.59/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

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4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of captaincoffee
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Open only from 9 or 10 am until 2 pm on Saturdays, this is a great little brewery. In fact, my favorite place in London so far. Arrived 11am, and there were already lots of people and a medium-sized line. By 12, it was pretty packed. One of the workers told me it was much busier the week prior.
As for the beer, pretty much the best local brew I've had since I moved here 8 months ago. Solid IPAs and stouts. Boughta couple sours in bottle to try later.
Concrete floors, old warehouse feel...a lot like being in a couple San Diego microbreweries I used to frequent. I can't explain the hours, but it really helps bring in the craft beer crowd as opposed to a night bar crowd. Only knock was service could have been better, but perhaps that is more a function of how busy they are. I would have liked to be able to talk about the beers with the staff a little more.
Great place.

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1.75/5  rDev -59.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I visited based on BA and some recommendations from locals I'd met. The Kernel is doing some amazing things to pull American hops and IPA trends into English beer. The location is a must see. It's in a stretch of railroad where they make great use of the spaces underneath the raised tracks. The selection is solid and the flavors are fantastic. I found the quality of the post summer beers better. The two I had that were brewed in August had lots of yeast sediment that infiltrated the pour. As a homebrewer, I know how to handle bottle conditioned beers but these still got away from me. But the flavors are outstanding. I think they'll be very successful in helping liberal hop usage find a home in England.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

***note they are only open on Sat afternoons at 12:00***

I recently spent a Sat afternoon drinking at the Kernel. I wouldn't even call it a brewpub. They brew out of an rented train depot. Pretty basic stuff. You can buy there beers and grab a spot in the near by alley and sip on a few beers. No frills at all. A few picnic tables and a ton of industrial refuse. That being said I found the atmosphere great. It seems to be a weekly meeting spot for many London based beer geeks. The food was awesome. Appearently they share the space with a cheese and cured meat guy. I had some on the best fresh Mozzerella and Speck I have ever had. Awesome stuff.

I would high reccomend this place if you are in London on a Sat afternoon. Great beers great food and great people. So what if you are drinking in a back alley!

Bring some American beers to share if you can. Evan, Nate and the guys definately love that too.

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Photo of thepeter
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

I have made the mistake of not going here until today. Only open on Saturdays, during the early afternoon (website says till 2 but ppl were there till early evening) hanging out at the Kernel was fantastic! To call it a bar is an overstatement. It's an open garage door to a brewery that sells it's beer and let's you hang out and drink. Outdoor seating next to elevated train tracks and a port a potty, bare bones yes, but on a nice day, all that was needed. Quality of the beers was superb as everything was as fresh as you could get it. Hell I tried a Coffee IPA that was not released yet and another strong ale the was weeks away from being done as the brewer (Evin, who's a fantastic brewer and very nice guy!) was just checking how it was coming along. Service, I mean you walk up to the desk and ask for a beer, hand them ££ and then they give you the beer, again bare bones but it's not REALLY bar. Can't give it too high a score for Selection as it is all just Kernel beers they are selling, but there is a decent selection of said beer. Food is exceptional imported meats and cheeses, but BYOB (Bring your own BREAD!!) no worries there is a Bakery right around the corner.
Fantastic!! Kernel is my favorite London Brewery and may have just become my favorite place to hang out. . .on a Saturday. . . afternoon!

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The Kernel Brewery in London, GB2, United Kingdom
Brewery rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 1,132 ratings