25 January 2012

Robert Burns Night

Featured tonight at Liam Flynn's Ale House in salute to the birthday and works of the legendary Scottish bard, Robert Burn's born on this date in 1754. The evening will begin at 7 PM with a piping performance and the customary reading of "Address to a Haggis." Following will be a traditional Celtic music session and open-mike poetry. There will be a variety of Scottish Whiskies, Ales and Ciders, and for real ale aficionados, the first firkin of this year's batch of Oliver's Scottish (-style) Ale, and a firkin of Flying Dog's Road Dog Porter aged with Scottish whisky oak.  And haggis, both real and vegan, as well as tatties & neeps (mashed potatoes/turnips), and more.

If your allegiances run to stronger stuff, there's always the oft-overlooked whisky standby, Birds of a Feather on Aliceanna Street and their extensive whisky selection.

If you don't feel like making the trek to North Avenue or Baltimore, I would normally refer you to The Royal Mile in Wheaton, Md., but there are reports about that the place has been closed since 8th January, is under renovation, and/or possibly closed for good; the website for the pub shows a cryptic, enigmatic "Software upgrade in progress".  If indeed closed, sad.  There are also a few good Scottish ales to be had at other places, including at Max's tomorrow when Heather Ale's Bruce Williams returns for yet another hoisted pint or twa.

More on the traditions of the day. 

No.  Not this guy.  No.  No.


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