New range of beers from Watling Street Brewery, Watford
PUBLISHED: 10:46 19 March 2018
Watling Street Brewery
A prehistoric trackway through Herts is the inspiration for a new range of beers
Watling Street Brewery in Watford was founded by Rudi Keyser, who has lived in the neighbouring village of Aldenham since moving from South Africa 11 years ago. He explains the inspiration for the brewery: ‘My wife gave me a beer making course for my birthday and doing it taught me that real beer has real flavour, character and personality, unlike the mass-produced lagers I had been drinking.’
The five beers in his range certainly have all three, and are named after figures linked to nearby Watling Street, an ancient trackway that runs through the county. For instance, pale ale Miss Shelley is named after Frankenstein author Mary Shelley, who lived on Watling Street, while American-style pale ale, Wat Tyler, takes its name from the leader of the Peasants’ Revolt, which marched along the route in the 14th century.
Rudi’s beers have proven popular at the brewery’s quirky taproom on Greycaine Road and are stocked in over 100 pubs, in Battlers Green Farm Shop, and available via watlingstreetbeer.com from £2.50 per can.
‘There are big plans for this year,’ Rudi says. ‘As well as regular comedy and music nights at the taproom, we’re hosting nights with speakers giving inspiring talks across a wide range of topics. We are also working with The Grove Hotel in Watford, planting hops in their walled garden which we will use to make a special Grove-label beer.’
Keep up with events at Watling Street Brewery on their Facebook page