Since 2009, The Kernel have quietly been creating some of the most flavoursome, multi-layered and skillfully-made beer to come out of the UK. No hype, no hyperbole, just a constant stream of forward-thinking beers with a strong sense of place.
Founder Evin O'Riordain was working as a cheesemonger for Neal's Yard Dairy in Covent Garden when plans for The Kernel were hatched. During a stint working in New York that opened his eyes to the rapidly-growing beer community in the US, he resolved to open his own brewery and realised that ambition after honing his approach through a spell of home brewing. Since then, they have forged a strong path where modern ideas and historical inspiration meet, at first through the production of both bold, hop-focused pales alongside classic London porters and stouts, and now also through a series of wild and mixed-fermentation beers.
The Kernel's influence, both in London and across the UK, cannot be understated. They have acted as the inspiration for many breweries to start up, helped to shape drinkers' perceptions of modern British beer, and also played an active role in delivering experience, training and advice to a number of brewers working within this country's beer scene.