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Beers for Burns Night

If a body meet a body
Goin’ for a brew,
If a lassie raised her glassie,
Would or wouldn’t you?

Auld Lang Syne and whisky fine
Can warm us all night through.
But a beer augments the cheer,
So let the pours ensue!

Here’s a lovely Scottish Ale
Translucent, copper-hued.
And its creamy head prevails
On tongues (and glasses, too).

Biscuity and gently hopped
And mildly malty through,
This Belhaven brew’s an op-
tion while the evening’s new.

Cross an ocean to the West,
And beers of U.S.A.
Honor Scottish styles with zest.
Here’s one to try today:

For if you see a Dirty Bastard
Comin’ through the rye,
Hoist your glass! This Founders-mastered
Hearty ale draws nigh.

O like a dark red rose it sweet-
ly blooms with malts so fine,
Finishing with smoky peat
And hoppiness divine.

The beers:
Scottish Ale, Belhaven Brewery, Dunbar, Scotland. 5.2% ABV.
Dirty Bastard Scotch Style Ale, Founders Brewing Co., Grand Rapids, Michigan. 8.5% ABV.


MARSHA BRYANT writes about literature, teaching, and craft beer. Her recent essays appear in The Bloomsbury Handbook to Sylvia Plath, the online journal Humanities, and the textbook Impact of Materials on Society. Marsha teaches in the English Department at the University of Florida. Her Untappd profile is LimerickLady.




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