For many people a highlight of the Bermondsey Beer Mile is the chance to drink The Kernel Brewery’s superb beers at the source. Well, as the well known saying goes, all good things must come to an end. And it appears this will soon be the case for The Kernel…
The following notice appeared recently on The Kernel Brewery’s website…
From 5th September we will no longer serve beer to drink at the brewery.
We will be open on Saturdays only as a bottle shop (for our normal hours of 09.00 – 14.00). This is in line with the ethos of Spa Terminus, whose focus is produce that can be bought to take home.
We cannot satisfactorily accommodate the volume of people who wish to come down on a Saturday: we feel that our space has been outgrown and we are unable to give our customers an experience, service or environment that we are happy with.
We are working on a more suitable way to be able to serve beers directly to our customers, but this will take some time.
This is not a decision we have taken lightly, our Saturday tap room has been a huge part of who we are and what we do. Thanks to all of you who have come down and shared it with us.
NOTE: the final day of onsite drinking is August 29th
In the years since The Kernel and Partizan first opened their doors, essentially creating the Bermondsey Beer Mile, six more breweries have joined them so while this news may mark the end of an era for The Kernel it is by no means the end of an era for Bermondsey.