Kernel Brewery | Bermondsey, Greater London
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Kernel Brewery
World Class based on 86 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: Leighton (61) | Taps: 8 | Bottles: 10

Kernel Brewery

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Beer Available At Kernel Brewery (arranged by most recent)
The Kernel London Sour Raspberry 98, The Kernel India Pale Ale Citra Cascade Columbus 87, The Kernel India Pale Ale Amarillo Rakau , The Kernel India Pale Ale Motueka Southern Cross 79, The Kernel Pale Ale Kohatu Mosaic Nelson Sauvin 91, The Kernel Pale Ale Mosaic Amarillo Centennial , The Kernel Biere de Table Fresh Hop - WGV 54, The Kernel Imperial Brown Stout (Marc de Bourgogne) 94, The Kernel Imperial Brown Stout (Auchentoshan) 98, The Kernel BiŤre De Saison (Burgundy Barrel Aged) , The Kernel India Pale Ale Motueka Simcoe 90, The Kernel Biere De Table (Barrel Aged #4) 83, The Kernel London Sour Damson 92, The Kernel India Pale Ale Amarillo Citra Summit 97, The Kernel Pale Ale Kohatu 73, The Kernel India Pale Ale Ella Citra Apollo Simcoe 97, The Kernel Pale Ale Citra Mosaic 89, The Kernel Biere de Table Oak Aged Saison 87, The Kernel London Sour (3.8%) 90, Old Mout Summer Berries Ciders 33
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86 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  (1656) Washington, Washington DC | August 7, 2011| Updated April 27, 2014
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  (773) The íSham, England | April 12, 2013| Updated April 15, 2014
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  (745) 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 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
Leighton  (641) 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  (612) 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 3/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
Ferris  (608) 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 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 13/20
imdownthepub  (524) 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  (492) 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  (455) 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 9/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
chriso  (436) London, England | September 9, 2012| Updated February 24, 2014
So, itís a brewery under railway line in a less than inspiring neighborhood that only opens for a few hours on Saturday for bottle sales (and on-site drinking) and a couple of beers on tap. Still it manages to score highly for ambience and selection. Firstly, the Kernel folk are great and always around. Secondly, anyone interesting from the beer world who is town is almost certainly going to call in and, because of the limited opening hours, youíre almost certainly going to bump into them. Thirdly, although the number of beers available is not huge, they change every week and, unless you go every week you are bound to miss some because of the number of different beers they make. So definitely an essential visit. Way more than the sum of the parts.

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