Every culture has its own version of heaven, but Vikings have an extra special treat waiting for them when they kick the bucket: Heiðrún, the magical goat.
Heiðrún stands eating leaves from the tree of life all day while, down below, sweet and intoxicating mead flows ceaselessly from the teats of her divine udder.
Why in Thor’s name do I bring this up? Because The Verulam Arms is about to add a huge number of draught beer lines to its already-crowded craft beer bar. OK so it’s not quite a magical afterworld where a holy goat lactates booze onto your face, bit when you walk through our door on 24th June you’ll find even more drinks flowing even more freely and variously from all sides of the bar, you might just think you’ve made it to Valhalla.
We’ll soon have 16 keg lines and 4 cask pumps. That’s a lot. It allows us the space to put some pretty crazy products on the bar. Staying true to the goat nipple, we even have actual mead. Mead! Proper Viking mead made with fermented honey, but light and sparkling, like a beer. It’s a refreshing new idea, straight from a thousand years ago.
And that’s not even the craziest new addition to our bar. What about Aecht Schlenkerla Marzen? Since medieval times, the brewers in Bamberg, Bavaria, have been heating their malt over open wood fires, allowing the powerful smoke flavours to infuse with the beer. This dark amber beer is toffee-sweet and biscuity, with overpowering notes of beech smoke. Like drinking a beer while eating maple syrup-glazed bacon. It’s an incredible accompaniment to our richer game dishes. Try it with our muntjac and blue cheese deer spheres for a taste explosion.
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg that is our exemplary new beer selection. There’ll be four lagers on at all times, always four hoppy IPA-style beers to choose from, a creamy stout, the aforementioned mead and smokebeer, a Bavarian cloudy wheat beer, two keg ciders and, on top of that, 2 rotating guest beers. A bounty of beer like this needs shiny new taps through which to flow, so we’ll be closing the pub on Monday 20th and Tuesday 21st June to install the new pipes and fittings. We’re also changing one side of the pub to a bar-only area, so no more fighting for space with diners who aren’t as excited to get their drink on! Then, on Friday night, the 24th June, there’ll be a grand unveiling, the launch of the new beer offer. It’ll be the kind of legendary night foretold by Viking carvings like this one, discovered on a ceremonial ship burial in Denmark, which eerily predicts every one of the sixteen keg products in our new lineup along with their respective glassware…