Burns Night!

Posted: 25 January 2012

The great day has arrived, 25th January – Burns Night!


And by a happy coincidence, my granddaughter Grace’s birthday - 7yrs today! Bit of good planning on my son Douglas’s part there I think!

Been up to Scotland at the weekend and brought back a freshly killed Haggis. An annual pilgrimage that has got to be done. It is hanging in the shed at the moment ready for cooking tonight. To be eaten in the classic style with neeps and champit tatties. I will have a bottle of our Burns ale as a wee refresher, then share a bottle of the wonderful bottle conditioned 1698 – pure nectar.

I made a big pan of Stovies last night, so that is what I will be having as a starter. Fair grand man! I like a good dram of an Islay Malt whisky with my Haggis, I like to enjoy it with the Haggis rather than pour it over - I have a nice bottle of Laphroaig 10yr old that will fit the bill nicely!

I know it is not necessarily the done thing but I do like a wee dollop of nippy sauce at the side of the plate, helps bring out the flavours of this great Scottish delicacy. I will sit back afterwards in front of a roaring log fire, having enjoyed this feast, large glass of our unbelievably good Generation Ale in hand - at 9%abv a real beauty - and as Burns himself might have said:- “ Ye widna ca the King yer cousin “.

This blog was posted by Shepherd Neame’s favourite wee Scottish Brewer , Stewart Main.