In Camden to be exact, and it’s been there for about a month. I was really excited when I found out Brewdog opened their first non-Scottish pub in London (4th pub overall) in December. There are few epic beer bars in London, especially when you consider the scale of London and how much time people spend down the pub. Brewdog Camden joins Craft and The Euston Tap as beer nerd destinations in Londontown.
Erik was around over the holidays, so naturally we hit up Brewdog Camden. I was very impressed by the look of the place, which is very clean, modern, and on brand. I was even more impressed by the beer on offer, there were twenty odd taps and hundreds of bottles. The bottle selection was almost solely constituted of hardcore craft beer, mostly American (mostly Californian), some Danish (mostly Mikkeller), and Hitachino Nest of Japan. The majority of the taps were of Brewdog’s own beer, but there were also a few guest kegs from the likes of Stone and Mikkeller. Much of the Brewdog beer on tap I’d never seen in bottles before and I believe some were experimental. I really enjoyed the Winter Porter and the Hops Kill Nazis (a hoppy imperial red). I didn’t love the Wasabi Stout or the Dogma, but that’s just me.
What I really liked was that both Tactical Nuclear Penguin (32% ABV) and Sink the Bismarck (41% ABV) were on offer, £6 for a 25ml taste. I’d only ever come across these beers in bottles in the UK and didn’t buy because they carry a hefty price tag, so this was my first taste. We tried Tactical Nuclear Penguin (they were out of Bismarck) and it was a delight. It’s very syrupy in the glass and it tastes very sweet, more like madeira than beer. It also warms the throat in a good way, like a fine brandy or cognac might. A bottle would be dangerous in my hands.
London beer tourists, in this order, visit Craft, Brewdog Camden, and the Euston Tap. My one criticism of Brewdog Camden is that there aren’t many session beers to be had, which might turn off the casual beer fan. I don’t think Brewdog cares though, beer for punks after all.