CAMDEN TOWN BREWERY
- Guest Blogger -
Camden Town Brewery was founded back in 2010 with the aim of spreading the joy of great beer.
It all started with a missed flight. Way back when Camden was just a twinkle in his eye, Camden’s founder, Jasper Cuppaidge, missed his flight back home to Australia and ended up collecting glasses in a London pub. Move forward a few years to 2006, when he opened The Horseshoe in Hampstead and began brewing beer in the basement of the pub for him to serve on the bar upstairs.
Fast forward to 2010, where he found 6 railway arches in Camden and one becomes three. Jasper buys a big, shiny brew kit, hires a brewer and persuades Joey from The Horseshoe to come join him and do a bit of everything at his new company. Camden Town officially start brewing, and released Hells Lager that very same year.
Camden Hells Lager
“Hells is the lovechild of our two favourite German beer styles - Helles and Pilsner. Clean, crisp and dry, it’s the beer we always wanted to drink.”
Hells Lager spends 4 weeks in the tank - This is the right amount of time for Hells Lager to acquire great depth of flavour and enough time to grow a pretty decent beard. It’s made with traditional German ingredients - Bavarian Lager yeast, Perle and Hallertau Tradition hops and Camden’s own special house Pilsner malt from Bamberg (they’re one of the only two breweries outside Germany to use it).
Camden Pale Ale
This beer is hoppy, fruity and dry – Pale Ale is traditional English style, but Camden’s version is inspired by some of their favourite American Pales, just with a lower ABV at 4% so it’s a little less shouty.
“It’s packed full of some of our favourite American hops sourced each year by one of our brewers, who heads to America for the hop harvest so he can choose the hops for our Pale Ale.”
In 2017, Camden outgrew their space under the arches, and opened the doors to the second Home of Hells up in Enfield, North London with a party amongst the tanks. “We’re still brewing at their original brewery in Camden, but with the new space Now Arch 55 series of small batch beers. It’s our series of one-off, small batch beers brewed in our original brewery under the Railway arches in Camden, and made for serving at our brewery bar (Arch 55) and a few other special places.”