16 January 2012

Burns Night(s), Punk's Birthday Bash, and more

Four upcoming events of note, three of them Scottish-themed:

Liam Flynn's Ale House is celebrating Robert Burns Night (the anniversary of the namesake's birth) on Wednesday, Jan. 25th with the now-usual weekly Celtic music session, open mic, food (regular and vegetarian haggis are promised), poetry readings, and Scottish ales and ciders.

The next night, Bruce Williams (of Fraoch Heather Ale and the Scottish Williams Bros Brewing fame) will be appearing at Max's Taphouse in Fells Point for another round of, we can safely assume, cask Scottish ales.

Bruce will also be at a 5-course, 9-beer Scottish beer dinner on Monday the 30th at Washington D.C.'s Churchkey/Birch & Barley, $73 per person:
On Monday, January 30 beginning at 7 p.m., Scottish craft brewing legend Bruce Williams, founder of Williams Brothers Brewing Company, will join us for an exceptional homage to the traditions and innovations in Scottish brewing and cooking. Beer Director Greg Engert has been working closely with Bruce to direct import some of the scarcest brews from Williams Brothers, while Chefs Kyle Bailey and Tiffany Macisaac have been working closely with Bruce to develop an inspired five-course dinner that will put a Mid-Atlantic spin on some of Scotland's classic dishes. The evening is a fantastic opportunity to meet one of craft brewing's most electric personalities. Bruce will shed light on his brews, his exceptional life, and we wouldn't be surprised if he recites some verse from Scotland's most beloved bard, Robert Burns. While the menu is still being finalized, the list of Williams Brothers brews and featured whiskeys for the evening are as follows: - Fraoch Heather Ale Matured in Auchentoshan Single-Malt Whisky Casks - Auchentoshan Valinch, Lowlands Single-Malt Scotch Whisky - Alba Scots Pine & Spruce Ale Matured in Bowmore Single-Malt Whisky Casks - Bowmore 15 Darkest, Islay Single-Malt Scotch 

At Annapolis Mall, Punk s Backyard Grill  is celebrating its third birthday on Tuesday, January 31st by hosting a local tap takeover, with nine unique and rare beers from their favorite local breweries to bring everyone a taste of what Maryland has to offer. Punk’s will also offer 10% off of all food purchases for the entire day:  
Breweries featured will include Oliver Ales (Baltimore, MD), Flying Dog Brewery (Frederick, MD), Heavy Seas (Baltimore, MD), Stillwater Artisanal Ales (Baltimore, MD), The Brewer’s Art (Baltimore, MD), Brewer’s Alley (Frederick, MD), DuClaw Brewing Company (Bel Air, MD), Tuppers’ Brewing (Bethesda, MD), and Evolution Craft Brewing Company (Salisbury, MD).

Some of the unique offerings include Bourbon Barrel Aged William’s Winter Warmer from Oliver Ales, Stateside Saison from Stillwater Ales, Lot 6 from Evolution Brewing, Kujo Coffee Stout from Flying Dog Brewery, Cask Conditioned Draft Punk and many more!

 “We’re excited to celebrate another great year at Punk’s, and in doing so, we wanted to highlight the creativity and talent of our local brewers here in Maryland,” says McCabe.  “With the recent addition of our twelve seat bar, we are excited to continue to explore the growing beer scene in and around Annapolis.”
And speaking of Max's, I probably don't have to tell anyone reading this that their annual Belgian Fest is coming up Feb. 17-19.

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