Take a little peek in the Kernel microbrewery in South London. One of many new kids on the British beer block who are bucking the downward national trend in beer drinking. Where once the big, multi-national beer corporations accounted for the lion’s share of brewery growth, now small, independent brewers with names like Beavertown Neck Oil, East London Jamboree and Hackney Hopster that are leading the way.

A peek at how beer is made in a microbrewery

Brewer Chrigl Luthy cleans out the malt and spent grain from the mash tun used in the brewing process to create an India Pale Ale at The Kernel micro-brewery in London. LUKE MACGREGOR/REUTERS

A peek at how beer is made in a microbrewery

Brewer Chrigl Luthy cleans out the malt and spent grain from the mash tun used in the brewing process to create an India Pale Ale at The Kernel micro-brewery in London. LUKE MACGREGOR/REUTERS

A peek at how beer is made in a microbrewery

Brewer Chrigl Luthy cleans out the malt and spent grain from the mash tun used in the brewing process to create an India Pale Ale at The Kernel micro-brewery in London. LUKE MACGREGOR/REUTERS

A peek at how beer is made in a microbrewery

Brewer Chrigl Luthy cleans out the malt and spent grain from the mash tun used in the brewing process to create an India Pale Ale at The Kernel micro-brewery in London. LUKE MACGREGOR/REUTERS

A peek at how beer is made in a microbrewery

Brewer Chrigl Luthy cleans out the malt and spent grain from the mash tun used in the brewing process to create an India Pale Ale at The Kernel micro-brewery in London. LUKE MACGREGOR/REUTERS

A peek at how beer is made in a microbrewery

Brewer Chrigl Luthy cleans out the malt and spent grain from the mash tun used in the brewing process to create an India Pale Ale at The Kernel micro-brewery in London. LUKE MACGREGOR/REUTERS

A peek at how beer is made in a microbrewery

Brewer Jonah Schulz pours hops into the copper used in the brewing process to create an India Pale Ale at The Kernel micro-brewery in London. LUKE MACGREGOR/REUTERS

A peek at how beer is made in a microbrewery

Brewer Joby Williams monitors the beer as it is piped into the fermentation tanks used in the brewing process to create an India Pale Ale at The Kernel micro-brewery in London. LUKE MACGREGOR/REUTERS

A peek at how beer is made in a microbrewery

Brewers Toby Munn and Joby Williams stir the malts in the mash tun used in the brewing process to create an India Pale Ale at The Kernel micro-brewery in London. LUKE MACGREGOR/REUTERS

A peek at how beer is made in a microbrewery

Brewers Joby Williams checks a sample of the wort, a sugary solution by-product of the brewing process, during the creation of an India Pale Ale beer at The Kernel micro-brewery in London. LUKE MACGREGOR/REUTERS

A peek at how beer is made in a microbrewery

Brewer Joby Williams breaks up the hops used in the brewing process to create an India Pale Ale beer at The Kernel micro-brewery in London. LUKE MACGREGOR/REUTERS

A peek at how beer is made in a microbrewery

Brewer Joby Williams breaks up the hops used in the brewing process to create an India Pale Ale beer at The Kernel micro-brewery in London. LUKE MACGREGOR/REUTERS

A peek at how beer is made in a microbrewery

Brewer Joby Williams breaks up the hops used in the brewing process to create an India Pale Ale beer at The Kernel micro-brewery in London. LUKE MACGREGOR/REUTERS

A peek at how beer is made in a microbrewery

Hops used in the brewing process to create an India Pale Ale beer, are seen in a container at The Kernel micro-brewery in London. LUKE MACGREGOR/REUTERS

A peek at how beer is made in a microbrewery

Brewer Chrigl Luthy carries a bag of malt used in the brewing process to create a beer at The Kernel micro-brewery in London. LUKE MACGREGOR/REUTERS

A peek at how beer is made in a microbrewery

Brewer Chrigl Luthy places a keg of beer onto trolley at The Kernel micro-brewery in London. LUKE MACGREGOR/REUTERS

A peek at how beer is made in a microbrewery

A box of beer is seen at The Kernel micro-brewery in London. LUKE MACGREGOR/REUTERS

A peek at how beer is made in a microbrewery

A box of beer and a pair of wellington boots are seen at The Kernel micro-brewery in London. LUKE MACGREGOR/REUTERS

A peek at how beer is made in a microbrewery

Brewer Toby Munn takes a sample of a stout to be tested for readiness at The Kernel micro-brewery in London. LUKE MACGREGOR/REUTERS

A peek at how beer is made in a microbrewery

Brewer Chrigl Luthy hoses down some bottles of beer at The Kernel micro-brewery in London. LUKE MACGREGOR/REUTERS

A peek at how beer is made in a microbrewery

A pair of gloves and a mallet rest on beer barrels at The Kernel micro-brewery in London. LUKE MACGREGOR/REUTERS

A peek at how beer is made in a microbrewery

Brewer Jonah Schulz stands amidst piping at The Kernel micro-brewery in London. LUKE MACGREGOR/REUTERS

A peek at how beer is made in a microbrewery

A list of beers is written on a chalk board at The Kernel micro-brewery in London. LUKE MACGREGOR/REUTERS

A peek at how beer is made in a microbrewery
A peek at how beer is made in a microbrewery

Brewer Toby Munn holds a sample of the wort, a sugary solution by-product of the brewing process, during the creation of an India Pale Ale beer at The Kernel micro-brewery in London. LUKE MACGREGOR/REUTERS

A peek at how beer is made in a microbrewery

Run-off from the wort, a sugary solution by-product of the brewing process, makes streaks on the floor during the creation of an India Pale Ale beer at The Kernel micro-brewery in London. LUKE MACGREGOR/REUTERS

Oct 24, 2012