Tales of Ales is proud to present its first interview in a new series focusing on London breweries. We recently sat down with Evin O’Riordain from The Kernel Brewery to talk about the influence of London’s history on his brewing as well as the importance of being a member of the thriving Maltby Street Market and the local community. Enjoy and support your local!
Nestled in amongst the railway arches of Maltby Street Market in Bermondsey, The Kernel has been brewing for just over 2 years (founded in September of 2009) but has been making a big name for itself on the back of its delicious beers. The honest DIY manner in which they conduct business, from their hand stamped labels to the opportunity to purchase directly from the brewery on Saturdays, The Kernel is producing beers to both historic and new recipes to much deserved fanfare.
For example, the Imperial Brown Stout (London 1856) works brilliantly when accompanying The Ice Cream Union’s vanilla ice cream (as recommended by Evin) or some dark chocolate from Divine Chocolate (my recommendation), while the varieties of pale ales and IPAs are on omage to some of the hoppier American craft brews.
The Maltby Street Market, which recently took the Observers’ nod for Best Newcomer for 2011, is home to Neil’s Yard Dairy, Monmouth Coffee, St John’s Bakery amongst others and well worth a wander on Saturday’s when the market is in open and in full swing.
In my opinion, it is a much more relaxed and approachable market compared to Borough Market. Here you uniquely have the opportunity to buy direct from the production line and meet the people behind the product. You can sit and sip The Kernel beers while trying some cheese from The Ham and Cheese Co and some meats from The Butchery whom share the railway arch space with The Kernel.
Thanks to Evin for his patience and willingness to be the first interviewed, to Sebastian for the camera work and Peter for help in editing. While there is much I can about this brewery, the interview can speak for itself. Go check out the market, drink the Kernel’s beer and as always cheers to something that matters.