Kernel Brewery | Bermondsey, Greater London
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Kernel Brewery
World Class based on 88 ratings
Type: Brewery (see listing)

Arch 11, Dockley Road Industrial Estate
Bermondsey, Greater London England SE16 3SF [ print map ]
020 7231 4516 | facebook | twitter

Hours: 9am - 2pm Saturdays only

Mayor: Theydon_Bois (60) | Taps: 8 | Bottles: 10

Kernel Brewery

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Beer Available At Kernel Brewery (arranged by most recent)
The Kernel Pale Ale Centennial Chinook Citra 94, The Kernel Pale Ale Citra Summit 84, The Kernel Pale Ale Citra Chinook Amarillo 73, The Kernel Pale Ale Citra 95, The Kernel Pale Ale Mosaic Zeus Apollo , The Kernel India Pale Ale Enigma Chinook 87, The Kernel Pale Ale Kohatu Mosaic Nelson Sauvin 93, The Kernel India Pale Ale Centennial Mosaic 95, The Kernel Pale Ale Simcoe Chinook Kohatu 92, The Kernel India Pale Ale C.R.E.A.M. 96, The Kernel London Sour Raspberry 98, The Kernel Pale Ale Mosaic Zeus Chinook , The Kernel Pale Ale Amarillo Centennial 84, The Kernel London Sour Cherry 92, The Kernel Table Beer 95, The Kernel India Pale Ale Nelson Sauvin 98, The Kernel India Pale Ale Centennial Rakau Ella Apollo Mosaic 91, The Kernel Pale Ale Centennial Rakau Citra 89, The Kernel Pale Ale Nelson Sauvin Centennial Apollo , The Kernel India Pale Ale Citra Motueka 93
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88 reviews for Kernel Brewery
 Ambiance  80%
 Service  85%
 Selection  81%
 Food  70%
 Value  86%
 Overall  86%
 Rating  97%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
Travlr  (1712) Washington, Washington DC | August 7, 2011| Updated January 21, 2015
Probably the most unlikely place for a brewery that Iíve ever seen. But whatís inside that railway arch is a real gem, a brewery that defies all local traditions and brews the best beers that I have tasted in the UK. Definitely worth going well our your way to find this place, and their beers.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
Theydon_Bois  (807) Tourist Town (West), England | April 12, 2013| Updated February 14, 2015
Although I have popped by many a time to pick up bottles in the week, Easter Saturday 30/03/13 witnessed my first visit to the Kernel on a normal public day - weird lots of people around! Kernel takes up 2 large arches the back half of both are taken up by brewing kit whilst the front half of one becomes the shop front, whatever bottles theyíve produced in the last 3 or 4 weeks (ususally 10 or so) plus 4 taps which on my visit were serving at least one beer that had yet to be bottled. Service is friendly and efficient a good 4 or 5 people mucking in behind the bar. Discount available for 12 bottle purchase (excluding the strong 8%+ stuff). £29 for a pick and mix 12 pack. At the front half of the other arch is the drinking area, large beer garden style wooden benches which soon filled up. We arrived just after 10.30 and by the time we left at 11.30 the place was filling right up! There is a toliet available. The quickest public transport option from central London is to take the Jubilee line to Bermondsey then a 7 or 8 minute walk. Partizan is about a 10 minute walk from Kernel and you can loop back to Bermondsey Jubilee Line from Partizan in around 10 minutes also.
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
Boudicca  (802) London, England | January 8, 2012| Updated August 25, 2014
Great beers, great meats and great cheeses Ė a must visit place! The Kernel brewery is quite new on the London beer scene but itís certainly made its mark as its produce is consistently good. Iíve never had a Kernel beer that I didnít like and Iíve liked most of them very much indeed. Every Saturday they set up stall at the front of the brewery, which shares space under a couple of railway arches in Bermondsey with a cheese maker and a charcuterie. There are tables outside in a cobbled alleyway and thereís always something new to try. Itís perhaps not the most picturesque setting but itís certainly convivial and interesting.

Update: Kernel have moved into new premises since I wrote my original review. It remains similar - still under the railway arches, but in a much larger space - and they are firmly established with an international reputation so that Kernel beer now tends to set the standard by which other London breweries are measured. (Last visited 8 August 2014).
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
Ferris  (725) Burnaby, British Columbia | August 13, 2014
A large beer hall type venue in a working brewery. Great and friendly service with a good selection of their own beers. Prices are decent, but be warned as an online ticker, there is no cell service inside. A great brewery and a must for anyone in London.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
Leighton  (655) London, England | December 13, 2010| Updated November 26, 2012
I have visited the brewery once with my friend. We walked ten minutes, through a driving rain, from Borough Market to get here and it was worth every step. As there are a limited number of outlets to buy Kernel beers, a visit to the source is a guaranteed way to get some. When we got there, the brewerís apprentice gave us a tour of the facilities and spent a good 20 minutes talking with us about the beers, the brewery, Vermont, skiing and even some other stuff. The facility is tiny and there isnít much to see, but anyone who has tried a Kernel beer will understand that in this case size doesnít matter. During this visit we tried a Centennial Pale Ale that was debuting that day and bought four bottles to take home. In the same building as the brewery there is a cheese-maker and a meat vendor, each selling food of the highest quality. The Kernel is without a doubt one of the best breweries in London - and, indeed, England - so for any serious beer fan a visit is mandatoy.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 15/20
Fin  (645) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | September 16, 2012
Have visited both this (the new location) and the old location many, many times, in fact any visit to London is not complete without a visit here. I have to say on the two visits here I still slightly prefer the old location, though I guess this place is much bigger, the crowd are pretty much the same old regular faces and the staff as friendly and helpful as ever and there is far more seating here, I suppose its just a case of getting used to somewhere new. The beers are almost always excellent and everytime you visit you will be certain to get a selection of new beers in fact even if you went every week I think this is pretty much guaranteed. Whilst it is further out east than the old site it is still easy to get to or you can get very close by Tube (Bermondsey) or bus, Jamaica Rd I guess. Great place!
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 13/20
imdownthepub  (527) Banbury, England | April 29, 2014
One of many factory units under railway arches in Bermondsey. This used to be a no-go area and now it is a cosmopolitan walk about. The brewery is only open for drinkers on a Saturday, so planning has to take place. We found it slightly tricky to find but once there you find a row of trestle tables where it is best to share space, making it a good place to meet people. It has a cold feel, it is a very open area. The beer, and after all this is why you are here, is split between the Kernels many bottles to the front and a few kegged taps at the back. It has a good buzz on a sunny lunchtime but does get packed. There are just 2 looís so plan ahead.
KyotoLefty  (503) Kyoto, Japan | August 17, 2013
Great place to drink Kernel beers. Pretty decent choice ofmtheir stuff. A bit cramped seating, and not particularly comfortable, but the scene is somewhat compelling.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 17/20
jackl  (477) Charlottesville, Virginia | June 17, 2012
The new location is certainly an upgrade for visitors looking for a relaxed saturday afternoon beer. Whereas the old location was a bit cramped, the new site is much larger, with a number of seating options (and a bathroom!). You canít drink outside anymore, but I donít have too much problem with that. The selection is always great, they usually offer around 8 of their beers, some of them available on tap. Value is quite good, you can get something like 12 beers to take away for less than 30 quid. Come get Kernel beer at its freshest. Highly recommended.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 18/20
Scopey  (457) Croydon, England | March 18, 2011
I have visited on many a Saturday morning following a coffee at Monmouth. The Kernel Brewery is located away from the crowds, underneath some railway arches. When you arrive you find a cool beer stall located next to some purveyors of fine meats and cheeses. The Kernel beers are top quality, decent value and always fresh. You can check on the website to see which beers will be on sale on the Saturday. Evin or the assistant are always more than happy to chat about the beers and let you taste anything/everything before purchase. It is definitely worth the short detour from Borough market on a Saturday to visit this gem.

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