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Camden Town Brewery Bar, Kentish Town West, NW5

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55-59 Wilkin Street Mews
NW5
NW5 3NN
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Camden Town Brewery Bar

Busy, buzzing brewery tap underneath the Kentish Town West station viaduct (but with some production still on this site following construction of its new brewery). Not a huge amount of seating inside, but plenty of space on the canteen-style tables out in the alleyway. No real ale, of course, but the variety of 11 craft keg beers from a total of 13 taps would offer something of interest to all but the most curmudgeonly, and I went for the Red Lager (£4.50) which was a bit different and well made.

On 6th July 2019 - rating: 7
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Pub SignMan left this review about Camden Town Brewery Bar

Prior to their 2017 expansion into a new £30 million plant in Enfield, this was the main operational site for the remarkably popular Camden Town Brewery, who still retain brewing facilities next to this modest tap room. The premises are located, in true London brewery fashion, in a series of railway arches beneath Kentish Town West station, with the bar occupying a single arch a little way down from the main road. The approach to the bar is lined with a number of picnic benches, making it a promising spot for some outdoor drinking in warmer months, even if it is mainly in the shadow of the railway line. A huge, glass-fronted arch bearing the brewery logo gives way into the surprisingly compact concrete floored room, with the servery located along the back wall. Corrugated iron clads the vaulted ceiling – a trend many of these railway arch bars seems to adopt, which I always feel is a real shame – whilst the walls have been whitewashed and the servery has a rather austere looking counter made from cheap looking wood topped with a marginally more presentable counter. Hard tables and stools run through the centre of the room, with similarly hard benches and low metal stools to either side, meaning that none of the seating options are particularly comfortable. Potted plants around much of the room add some much needed colour, as do some large, brightly coloured posters and a big TV screen showing endless promotional material. A shelf to the rear left has been stacked with various local listings and craft beer magazines and there was a decent rock and pop soundtrack playing.
The keg taps are all lined up across the bar back and dispense a wide range of Camden Town beers, with options on this visit extending to Pale, Pils, Wit, Ink Stout, Show Off, Oktoberfest and two variations of their Hells beer. The Ink Stout is the only Camden beer I’ve ever managed to get to grips with and it was pretty good here, albeit way too cold at first. The bar staff were very friendly and having arrived to find the place almost deserted, things livened up considerably when a massive band of fancy dress wearing Halloween revellers turned up and instantly packed the place out.
I suppose this place was a front runner of sorts for the numerous railway arch micro-breweries you can find all over London nowadays. The bar here has better facilities and a wider beer range than most of these sort of bars, but then again, Camden are a much bigger brewer than those other breweries and something a bit more refined is perhaps to be expected. I don’t care much for their beer, but this is a decent place to stop off in passing and makes for a good contrast with the more traditional Tapping the Admiral, a short distance away.

On 16th January 2019 - rating: 6
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moby duck left this review about Camden Town Brewery Bar

This bar exceeded my expectations as did the beer here, I can't add much to the descriptions below except that the brewery itself occupies a further four railway arches beyond the bar,It appears to be quite a slick operation. There is the opportunity to sign up for a drop in 30 min tour on a Saturday for the cost of a "gold coin donation" on a first come first served basis, or book a more extensive tour in advance.The guys behind the bar were enthusiastic and knowledgeable about there beer and extremely helpful regarding tasters for us keg novices.I have to say the beer was exceptionally good, given that I had a very average Camden Pale in back in December elsewhere, along with Mr Fastard below who I don't think was overly impressed with his Helles Lager that day.However I couldn't fault the beer on offer here, particularly the Ink Stout and Flue Faker,a top notch bar and will be back soon.

On 28th February 2016 - rating: 8
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Map location corrected by aleand hearty
Kentish Town West, 0.03 miles, 0 min walk (show)
Kentish Town, 0.5 miles, 9 min walk (show)
Camden Road, 0.67 miles, 12 min walk (show)
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6th Jul 2019, 11:48
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 07 April 2018 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 16 January 2019 by Pub SignMan
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