It’s that time of year again, the annual celebration of the life and legacy of Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns (or Rabbie Burns). An excuse to cook haggis, neeps and tatties, drink some strong booze and indulge in some jovial banter with your pals!

Burns Night falls on 25th January every year to commemorate the birthday of the famous Scottish poet.

If you’re planning a Burns Night dinner celebration and are wondering what alcohol to serve, then you've come to the right place. You can of course drink a Scottish tipple (of which there are plenty), many will be sipping a dram or two of single malt whiskey to toast the man of the evening. If do you want to keep it strictly Scottish, explore the ranges BrewdogBellfield and Harviestoun have to offer. However, if you hope to serve a good hearty haggis and black pudding then we’ve got a couple of beers that we believe will pair very well indeed. And, not to mention, Robert Burns himself was a proponent of a good brew. 

“O gude ale comes and gude ale goes; gude ale makes me sell my hose, sell my hose and pawn my shoons — Gude ale keeps my heart aboon!” O gude ale comes and gude ale goes

Burns Night supper

The perfect remedy for a cold dark January night is a Burns Supper. This is especially true if Burns Night marks the end of your dry or drier January (it's basically over, right?!). For many Burns Night revelers, the pièce de résistance will be the arrival of the haggis.  Haggis is gamey, rich and peppery. To match its punchy flavour you need a strong and maybe even sweet beer, much like the flavour profile you find in Dutch and Belgian Trappist brews.

Chimay Blauw

Quadrupel Beer | 9.0% | 33 cl

£ 3.39
Temporarily sold out

Rochefort 8'

Quadrupel Beer | 9.2% | 33 cl

£ 3.39
Temporarily sold out

La Trappe Isid'or

Amber & Red Ale | 7.5% | 33 cl

£ 2.99
Temporarily sold out

Steenbrugge Dubbel

Dubbel Beer | 6.5% | 33 cl

£ 2.79
Temporarily sold out

Barrel-Aged n°1 de la Brasserie du Mont Blanc

Amber & Red Ale | 7.9% | 33 cl

£ 4.49
Temporarily sold out

Abbey and Trappist Beer Case

12 Items

£ 35.99

Chimay Blauw - 9.0%

Chimay Blauw is a powerful, warming beer with strong aromas of caramel and dried fruit. It's indulgent and spiced, a great match to spicy, fat-rich haggis.

Rochefort 8 - 9.2%

The Rochefort 8 starts off rather sweet with a few spicy notes and high carbonation. However, the dry finish balances this beautifully. With aromas of dried fruits, brown sugar and spice this will be a taste sensation when enjoyed with some equally as robust haggis. 

Steenbrugge Dubbel - 7.5%

This Belgian Dubbel is full bodied and rich with a fruity, caramely aromas and unique herby accent of cinnamon and spices. The taste is of candied fruit and plums with malty sweetness. 

La Trappe Isid'or - 6.5%

This Belgian strong pale ale is a stunning combination of herbal, spicy and floral aromas. It starts out with a fruity flavour and transforms into a malty, caramel blend. It is often considered to be the perfect harmony between simplicity and complexity. 

Barrel - Aged Vieille En Fut De Whisky - 7.9%

The initial taste is sticky caramel rounded off with honey and spicy flavours. This Beerwulf exclusive is aged for 6 months in whiskey barrels. The barrel ageing gives the triple fermented amber beer a tangy, complex flavour with tones of whiskey and vanilla. 

Trappist beer case 

We have a handy case prepacked with16 Trappist beers from Belgium, The Netherlands, Austria and Italy. These special and iconic beers are known worldwide for their unique taste of full and punchy flavours.  

 

Foodie Explorers 

We teamed up with our friends at Food Explorers who sampled some of our beers alongside their haggis.  Having recently visited Namur, they were keen to give the Belgian and Dutch beers a go. They tried five beers with their Burns Night inspired dinner but find out which one was...

the star of the show and thumbs up from all of us......beer is full of flavour and almost begs to be drunk beside haggis.

 Read their full review here 

Burns Night with The SUB

Are you planning to throw a Burns Night celebration with lots of thirsty guests? Then maybe draughting beers straight from your home beer tap is better suited to your event. Our 2L kegs are great for hosting! We also know that Trappist beers can be strong and challenging, if you would prefer something more accessible than some lagers will do the trick! Like we said, Burns Night is all about having fun with good friends and food, it doesn't matter too much how you do that!

Gösser Zwickl - SUB Keg

Lager | 5.2% | 2 Litres

£ 8.99

Amstel - SUB Keg

Lager | 5.0% | 2 Litres

£ 8.49

Desperados - SUB Keg

Lager | 5.9% | 2 Litres

£ 9.99

Burns Night traditions

The beauty of Burns Night is that you can keep it as traditional and formal, or not, as you like. The main aim of the evening is to celebrate Rabbie Burns and have a good time with your friends. You can adapt each of the elements to match the needs of your guests. The evening should be abundant with merry speech-giving, poetry recitals and delicious food and booze. The events usually follow a traditional running order, below is a short but not exhaustive summary of some the components. 

  • Piping in the guests - Traditionally Burns Night calls for a piper to welcome guests with some Scottish tunes. This may not be practical, understandably, so playing some traditional music will do just fine.
  • Piping, addressing and toasting the haggis - Guests normally welcome in the night’s the dinner's main attraction and then offer an entertaining rendition of the “To a Haggis” written by none other than Rabbie himself. After the recital the guests are encouraged to toast the haggis, they should raise a glass and shout “to the haggis” followed by a good gulp of alcohol.
  • The meal – This is the bit that everyone has been waiting for, the food. A traditional starter would be cock-a-leekie soup or cullen skink, followed by the Haggis, neeps & tatties and finished with clootie dumplings. For a more modern take, read the Foodie Explorer's article
  • The drink – Alcohol should be in abundance; we can't recommend beer enough. It is customary to drink neat whisky, but you could serve a dram of whisky for the toast if you want to stick to tradition but fancy beer with your food.
  • Entertainment – No Burns Night is complete without some entertainment. This is usually renditions of Robert Burns’ work, preferably poems, songs and readings.
  • Auld Lang Syne - It's a classic, and Robert Burns' most notable work. The supper is usually brought to a close with the singing of Auld Lang Syne.

Enjoy the festivities, but remember the beers recommended in this article are strong, more than 9% in some cases!!