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Behind the scenes at Camden Town Brewery

With the media flurry about our enviable local ale drinking options continuing apace, the Kentishtowner couldn’t resist a trip under the railway arches to see the area’s very own brewery in action.

Spanning out beneath Kentish Town West station amid sacks of wheat and stacks of kegs, the Camden Brewery team are working flat out to meet exploding popularity for their locally brewed beers.

Demand is so high they were having 3 more tanks delivered the day after we were there, some photos are now up on their Facebook page.


We thoroughly enjoyed an enlightening tour of their site, from a peer around the state-of-the-art technology and gleaming steel pipes to munching on the toasted wheat… and sampling their latest brews too, (of course).

We’re already big fans of the Hells Larger and Pale Ale, both of which tasted that little bit more complex and exciting for being consumed at the very point of their own slowly fermented creation.

A brand new stout, to go under the evocative name ‘Camden Ink’, looked in the glass like a really good coffee, to some extent echoed in the taste. A deep roast flavour, yet light to drink, this promises only to increase the brewery’s recognition. Look out for its launch at a Camden bar very soon.

And as if having one of the best of the new crop of micro breweries located on our proverbial doorstep wasn’t enough, we’re becoming ever more over-excited about the Brewery’s ‘dive bar’ opening under the Overground here imminently.

That should confirm the locale’s impeccable ale credentials once and for all.

Words: Tom Kihl

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