In 2012, we (Gordon and Emma) moved down to London from the east coast of Scotland. The initial plan wasn’t to become brewers, but not long after moving down there we both found ourselves working at two great breweries. Gordon began working at Siren Craft Brew when they opened in 2013 while Emma found herself at The Kernel Brewery in early 2014. A few years later, Gordon then came to join the team at The Kernel. In 2012, we (Gordon and Emma) moved down to London from the east coast of Scotland. The initial plan wasn’t to become brewers, but not long after moving down there we both found ourselves working at two great breweries. Gordon began working at Siren Craft Brew when they opened in 2013 while Emma found herself at The Kernel Brewery in early 2014. A few years later, Gordon then came to join the team at The Kernel.
We met Freddie in 2012 just before he began working for Beavertown Brewery. And Jonny? No idea. Can’t remember. He just turned up at the pub one day and we hit it off immediately. He also worked at Beavertown, looking after the Tempus Project. During our time in London, we made friends with many lovely people in the industry who we can still call very close friends of ours.
It had always been an idea that we’d like to open our own brewery one day. So in 2018 we decided it was time to get a move on and by 2019 the four of us moved up to Edinburgh to start Newbarns Brewery.
The Kernel brewery springs from the need to have more good beer. Beer deserving of a certain attention. Beer that forces you to confront and consider what you are drinking. Upfront hops, lingering bitternesses, warming alcohols, bodies of malt. Lengths and depths of flavour. We make Pale Ales, India Pale Ales and old school London Porters and Stouts towards these ends. Bottled alive, to give them time to grow.
Kernel are royalty in the London brewery scene and their beers stand the test of time over and over again. While some breweries chase trends and look for the next trend in craft beer Kernel just continue to do what they do so very well and brew great beer. There is no fuss or ceremony and things drift under the radar a little but if you are looking for almost perfect examples of beer in each style then Kernel are the brewery for you. Be it Table, IPA, Pale or Porter they have all styles nailed down. Sometime aloof, seeming illusive, this brewery just gets on with it. Seek them out and enjoy their timeless classics. Our all time favourite is the India Double Porter but you won’t be let down my any Kernel beer in their range.
Our journey began with the end of founder and owner Andy Smith’s former career in fine dining. An avid home-brewer, Andy sought to make fresh exciting beer that was difficult to find here in the UK. A move from his home town of Leeds to London soon presented the opportunity to work with Andy Moffat at Redemption Brewing in Tottenham. Here he studied and learned to ply his trade as a professional brewer whilst making many friends and contacts in the fast growing UK beer scene. In 2012, one of these friends, Evin O’Riordain of The Kernel Brewery kindly offered to pass on their original brew kit as the Kernel embarked upon expansion. A short time later, some premises secured just down the railway line, and Kernel and Partizan were established as neighbours; so the brewery was born. On enlisting the services of Alec Doherty, an excellent artist, designer and illustrator and old friend, the image of the company too began to take its unique shape and direction. Almost four years later, we have gained more staff and a little black cat named Adina. We work with pride and determination to deliver the best beer we possibly can.
We at Partizan relish diversity. We delight in the cultural richness of our surroundings here in London, with its myriad ethnicities, languages and traditions. A city, fueled by passionate, creative and enterprising people, drawing on a wealth of strands of history and identity, filled with excitement to create anew. We consider ourselves very much in the bosom of a modern Babylon where inspiration and individual flair combine to breed innovation. Hence the name ‘Partizan’ – a strong belief in the preservation of identity and knowledge of the great strength and beauty that lies in the juxtaposed co-existence of differing ideas and ideals.
It is perhaps a better time than ever to be making beer! The last two decades have seen the development of thriving and burgeoning scenes the world over, populated by those who, as independents, wanted to take control of what the people of their communities were eating and drinking; to offer an alternative to big brands and the bland sterility of homogenization. In so many ways this involved a look to the past, to a time when people invested themselves fully in hand driven pursuits, producing with pride and precision the consumables that not only nourished physically, but excited the taste buds. The recent food and drink revolution has led to a wonderfully diverse international community of producers who are fiercely dedicated to making things that can offer the same to the modern consumer.
For beer makers, this has led to the resurrection of many wonderful styles and traditions that had sometimes existed only in very small communities, and allowed a new generation of brewers and enthusiasts to make them their own, adding to the rich and diverse market that has been created through small, independent labor and thought. This proffers choice; the opportunity as a drinker to explore one’s palate and the great variety of flavour, aroma and the nuanced drinking experience that can be produced from the combination of four simple ingredients.
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