The sun shone yesterday as hundreds of Camden Town Brewery fans descended on cobbled Wilkin Street Mews to celebrate the launch of the long-awaited bar.
When we arrived mid-afternoon, queues snaked out the door but the atmosphere was so friendly, the rays so strong, and the facial hair so progressive it was like the first real festival of the year. (Sort of Berlin-meets-Brooklyn-meets-Hackney Wick minus the pretension, perhaps.)
And to drink? More than a little familiar with Pale Ale and Ink (a stout) from local taverns, we plumped for the new unfiltered Camden Hells USA lager, whose tasty hop-laden flavour contrasts the drier regular (and arguably more refreshing) Hells. Prices ranged from £3.50 to £4 per pint, with halves clocking in at £2. A gourmet hot dog stand was doing swift trade too.
So yes, we think the Brewery Bar will be this year’s neighbourhood hit. It has the ingredients, for sure: a genuine backstory, hidden-away location in West Kentish Town – and, most importantly, some delicious beers brewed by folk with exactly the right attitude.
Chuck in the proposed food market and Wilkin Street Mews may just become North London’s destination du jour.