Camden Town Brewery

The Brewery Bar

For some reason I wasn’t expecting much from my brief stop by Camden Town Brewery, I think it was because all I had seen from them was their label design which I found a little dull. I’ve since warmed to it. When we visited, they were having a ‘street feast’, which involved lots of stalls producing yummy food setting up outside the brewery. This reminded me of Kernel, who operate in and around Maltby street market, so they’re also surrounded by excellent food. Furthermore, Camden Town Brewery are underneath a set of railway arches, just like Kernel. It’s very easy to find, it’s just up a lane beside Kentish Town West railway station, just off Prince of Wales road.

Needless to say my expectations were exceeded. Camden Town brewery is a stylish little brewery

Pale Ale, Gentleman’s Wit

tap, it’s fitted out in a fairly functional manner, not unlike a Brewdog bar. The beers I tried were excellent and the staff were friendly and clearly enjoying the day. As I understand it, they only open on Friday afternoons/evenings. I tried their Pale Ale, which is a standard American Sierra Nevada style ‘C-hops’ offering, but done very well. Their ‘Gentleman’s Wit’ is a Belgian style Wit (wheat beer) spiced with roasted lemon peel and bergamot. Bergamot is something I had previously considered spicing a Wit with, and on the basis of this, I think I’ll give it a try, it worked well. I also tried their stout, ‘Ink’, which seemed to me to have the sort of creamy fulsome body that I associate with an oatmeal stout; I don’t think there are any oats in it though, in any case, thumbs up for ‘Ink’. They must be

Conicals and kegs under a railway arch

doing well, as they’ve just installed two large, new, conical fermentors outside the brewery. I also noticed that they had some sort of automatic gizmo that pumped the spent mash out of the mash tun through a large pipe in to a bin outside, eliminating the need for hopping in and getting your hands dirty. Slackers.

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8 responses to “Camden Town Brewery

  1. I thought the Pale Ale was very Hookerish, in a good way. I loved Ink — huge body and flavour in a modest ABV.

    • stoutfellow

      Yeah, Hookerish is a fair description, though I thought I got more lade cascade than I normally taste in hooker. Ink was lovely to be sure, shame I was in a rush with it, I would happily have had another.

  2. Pete

    Why would the conicals be situated outside? For their lager maybe?

    • stoutfellow

      not sure, I didn’t get to talk to a brewer. Maybe they’re too big to go inside, or maybe they’re only for conditioning, so the cold weather wouldn’t matter, and if it gets too cold, minimal heating will keep it above freezing, or maybe they’ve just been delivered and haven’t been installed yet, though it looks like they’re sitting on little concrete platforms.

  3. Phil (a pedant)

    FWIW ‘wit’ is the Dutch for ‘white’, not ‘wheat’.

  4. Nice review Richie. Still haven’t been to check it out, although I have bought a few of their beers. I had a couple of lagers on tap once in a bar and I wasn’t too impressed, but I thought the wheat beer was pretty good. Railway arches are a good idea – you can probably rent them for almost nothing and there are millions of them..

    • stoutfellow

      Yeah, you should get down there some Friday evening, it had a really nice atmosphere. Only 10 or 15 mins from your place too!

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