It isn't actually Burns Nicht yet, of course, (it's 25th January) but I thought that if I were to review ales to be having (which is something of a grey area as it's supposed to be whiskey) with your neeps and tatties and haggis then I ought to really review them in enough time for people to make a decision and get them in. Well, assuming anyone buys beer based on the reviews of a beer blogger that is. I have some in for the night itself too. In the meantime, time to settle in for a cultural exchange (there have been too few of these lately) and have me some ales.
Also, it's the time of year to be trying some stuff that is brewed in Scotland where the winter is deeper and longer and colder. I am nevertheless surprised that the ales on offer are mainly light and airy rather than deep and dark. Must be a desire to see the winter end. I'm not going to argue. Would ye like tae ken muir?
First on oor list is the eponymous Rabbie Burns hisself born again in a blonde ale form; 4.2% ABV.
Next up is Guid Ale frae th' Isle of Arran. 3.8% ABV from Arran Brewery.
Finally, no Scottish ale night would be complete without Fraoch by William's Bros Brewers at 5% ABV.
Of the three I would probably choose the Fraoch to stand alone on a Burns Nicht but they work rather well as a group too. The Guid Ale would go well with the main meal of haggis (and it has to be haggis) to be followed by the Rabbie Burns and then finish with the Fraoch and recite a few of Burns's poems in candlelight before a roaring fire. As the English have the Bard, the Scots have the Baird, and that always calls for an ale if you ask me.