Find us brewing under the railway arches in Camden on Wilkin Street Mews, NW5 3NN, a short walk from Camden Town.
A tour around our brew house to try the freshest beer straight from the tank, beers in our tasting room, and a Camden tour pin badges and a few pints on us afterwards.
As Camden Town is a working brewery, we ask that you wear trousers and closed-toe shoes and leave your best frock and open toe platforms at home.
The mid 90s
Way back when Camden was just a twinkle in his eye, our founder, Jasper Cuppaidge, missed his flight back home to Australia and ended up collecting glasses in a London pub.
10 years later
After collecting many glasses, and doing a few other jobs on the side, Jasper was driving home one evening when he spotted a ‘For Sale’ sign on a knackered old pub in a great location. He stole the sign.
A bit later still
Jasper called the estate agent’s number on the stolen sign, bought the pub, painted it white and opened it as The Horseshoe in 2006 with the aim of serving good food, wine and beer to the people of Hampstead.
The first batch of beer Jasper brewed was a birthday present for his mum, Patricia, in honour of his granddad, Laurie. Laurie McLaughlin had owned a brewery called McLaughlin’s in Rockhampton, Australia many moons ago and the cask ale Jasper brewed was based on one of his granddad’s old recipes.
Having made that first batch, Jasper decided he liked brewing. So he brewed another, and another, and another. Soon Mac’s beer (which is what he called his granddad’s brew) was constantly on tap at The Horseshoe, and it proved so popular that Jasper started selling it to his mates who owned pubs too.
What Jasper really wanted to make was lager. To do this, he needed a bigger brewery, one that wasn’t in the basement of a pub.
Around the same time
Annoyingly, another brewing company had already trademarked the name Mac’s meaning Jasper needed a new name and a brewery. Inspired by the borough in which he lived, Jasper typed ‘camdentownbrewery.com’ into the search engine. It was free. So he bought it on the spot.
Shortly after he bought the domain name, whilst out and about wandering around Camden, Jasper spotted some Victorian railway arches being done up underneath Kentish Town West Station. They looked like the perfect place for building a brewery, so Jasper decided to rent five, even though he thought that was way more than he needed.
Fast forward a year and suddenly 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.
The first batch of lager comes out. We decide to call it Hells as it’s a cross between Helles and Pilsner and is brewed with malt and hops sourced from Germany. We use the same stuff to make Hells today.