Saturday tour of craft breweries in London
One Saturday afternoon this March, me and a couple of friends (Thank you for planning, Anton!) tried to hit 8 craft breweries in London in one go. We headed south and walked between five breweries, then hopped on the tube to check out the last three. It was a lot of fun and we drank loads of good beer. Our map is above, but if it’s not quite your style, check out this even bigger and more complete map of all the breweries in London and plan your own.
My favourite craft brewery on our tour was the Kernel Brewery located south of the Thames near the Bermondsey tube station. It’s not too hard to find, but does require you to walk through the sketchiest tunnel of all time to get to it. Once you are there it’s totally worth it! Also note, they are only open for you to visit on Saturday until 3pm.
The brewery has been built into the railway arches at Spa Terminus, which also hosts several other food/beverage producers, some of whom also have their doors open on Saturday (there’s a cheese and sausage place the next arch over!).
The vibe is very friendly, but be warned it’s super busy! Inside you can order bottles to take away or line up around the corner for a fresh pulled pint to enjoy at their picnic tables inside.
I had a pint of the Pale Ale Centennial, which was awesome. I did not realize I was such a “North American beer drinker” until I moved to London and found most pubs didn’t have anything as hoppy as I wanted. Thankfully Kernel is well aware of how delicious “over hopped” beers are and has many hoppy beers to choose from.
It was so delightfully sunny the day we went. The beer looked angelic, soaking up the rays…
People lining up to order their bottles for take away.
I’ll definitely be back to Kernel any sunny Saturday I can make it!
What’s your favourite craft brewery in London?