The new Enfield brewery is located 12 miles from Camden’s original home under the railway arches of Kentish Town, and will eventually have the capacity to produce up to 400,000hl of beer a year, or 210,000 pints a day.
Camden Town was bought by global drinks giant AB InBev for around £85m in December 2015, and the company has invested heavily to help build the new £30m brewery site.
The new brewhouse can operate 24 hours a day, and could increase Camden’s capacity by up to 2,000%.
Energy-efficient LED lighting, solar panels and a sustainable drainage system has led to the site being awarded a BREEAM rating of excellence, the world’s first sustainability assessment method for buildings.
The brewery also features an on-site bar and will be open to the public for tours from this autumn.
Among those attending the brewery open day were investors in the brewery’s Hells Raiser fundraising scheme, friends and family, and a limited number of members of the public.
Tours of the brewery were offered, and a full range of Camden’s beers were available to taste on draught and in cans and bottles.
A charitable donation
Food was provided by vendors Camden have worked with in the past, including Byron, Homeslice and Caravan, while 20% of the day’s proceeds went to charities Every Parent & Child and the London Fire Relief Fund.
In an interview with The Morning Advertiser in February, Camden’s founder and owner Jasper Cuppaidge stated that he retained full control over the business, insisting that the sale to AB InBev had set the brewery up “for a wonderful future”.
The brewery was founded by Cuppaidge in autumn 2010, and has won numerous awards, including Champion Keg Lager at the 2013 International Brewing Awards for its Hells Lager.