The BrewDog Camden website proclaims their December 2011 arrival added “a much needed craft beer injection to an area that’s typically associated with a twisted mix of indie drinking dens, chic VIP venues and mental aslyums.” This is more than just marketing hyperbole. Craft beer bars in Camden aren’t exactly a dime a dozen. Indeed, most pubs in London are content to serve Magners with ice. It’s ok if the thought of watered down industrial cider makes you vomit a little. Let it out.

In London, a handful of pubs do it right. The Rake in Borough Market and Mason & Taylor in Shoreditch are certainly at the top of the heap. And now BrewDog in Camden has joined the pack, peddling their own beers and a supporting cast of others, mainly from the UK and the US.

The independent Scottish brewery does both large and small batch beers with a focus on ales and IPAs. I drank their delightful Libertine Black IPA this afternoon and enjoyed the bitterness and piney aromas lent by the Simcoe hop. The staff was super friendly and knowledgable and willing to answer questions posed by drinkers of all experience levels. As long as BrewDog snubs cider and ice I’ll be going back for more.

BrewDog Camden is located at 113 Bayham Street. Open daily. Consult website for schedule.

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One Comment:


  • Hi Katie,

    I know I’ve contacted you before and I have to say how I really enjoy your website. I must point out though that there are plenty of pubs in London – and up and down the country – that sell very fine beer. It may not all be called ‘craft’ or ‘artisanal’ but it is good beer nonetheless. Ok, so the hopping is not as intense as the new style but generally you can find good cask ale in a lot of pubs. For instance, The Jerusalem Tavern, Clerkenwell, The Sailsbury Hotel, Green Lanes, not to mention the numerous pubs of Soho, Fitzrovia, etc. Also, not that I want to be jingoistic, but I would like to mention how British beers are pretty much the bedrock of the craft brewing movement: wasn’t it in trying to replicate styles like porter, stout and Indian Pale Ale that American brewing came on leaps and bounds? Ours is a fine and unique brewing culture (think also of our fresh milds, creamy milk stouts, nutty brown ales and strong fortifying barley wines), the equal of Belgium, Germany or America. I concede that we have occasionally taken our own culture for granted and that some pubs offer terrible product, but a lot of pubs offer good British cask ale.

    And, by the way, if anyone reading this is interested in the UK’s brewing heritage you should read the excellent Amber, Gold and Black: The History of Britain’s Great Beers by Martyn Cornell.

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