Camden Town Brewery Bar
© Rob Greig
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Fri Jun 8 2012
When its issue began gushing forth in 2010, the Camden Town Brewery became the third biggest beer producer in London by volume, behind Fuller’s (No1) and Meantime (No2). Camden Town’s marketing is clever, the labels are smart – and the beer is fantastic. Its railway arch premises at Kentish Town West have already proved inadequate in size, and fermentation tanks are being moved outside the building: now, part of it has been fitted out to create the truest sort of brewery tap, one where the beer has only a few swaying paces to travel between production and consumption.
Camden’s four perennial products are on draught (Wheat, Hells lager, Pale Ale, and the pitch-black porter Ink). There are also a few more taps showcasing the brewery’s occasional or seasonal brews – when we visited there was Black Friday (a dark pilsener), Gentleman’s Wit (Dutch-style wheat beer made with roasted lemons), and an unfiltered version of the Hells. A couple of guest ales are invited in too.
Outside, the peripatetic Big Apple Hot Dogs were dispensing free-range, London-made wieners while drinkers milled around in the late spring sunshine. It’s minimally decorated – a raw wood bar, some plain white tiling and a few tables and chairs – but it doesn’t need more than this, and the stripped-down style feels perfect for the purpose.
The people pulling the pints are the same ones who brewed them – so it’s a great way to get closer to the source.
In the pipeline is extended opening (at the moment the bar’s only serving on Friday evenings), and events are planned for the neighbouring arch – live music, dining, brewery tours, beer festivals. Kentish Town is not short of quality pubs, but the Camden Town Brewery Bar is something new, a lo-fi link between brewer and drinker. I can imagine more of London’s microbreweries – many of them also inhabiting spaces under arches – following suit.
Camden Town Brewery Bar 55-59 Wilkin Street Mews