15 January 2020
Burns Night menu
Here's how to host a cracking Burns Night supper with delicious beer and entertainment
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 Brewdog, Bellfield 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
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
Enjoy the festivities, but remember the beers recommended in this article are strong, more than 9% in some cases!!