Schlafly Beer first opened our doors twenty years ago last month, but this week marks the 21st time we’ve celebrated Burns’s Night at the Schlafly Tap Room. Wrap your head around that one (trust me, the math works…but our Events Coordinator, Stewart had to count it out for me on his fingers before I would believe him.)
For those of you who wonder what Robert Burns is most famous for, think about that song everyone sings on New Year’s Eve. That’s correct! Burns’ Night is our annual, extraordinary celebration of the life, works and spirit of the great Scottish poet, Robert Burns (1759-1796). Celebrated on, or about, the Bard’s birthday, January 25th, the event is ideal for brightening up the cold, wet and dark St. Louis winter evenings.
While the event begins in earnest at 5pm, the festivities truly kick off when a procession of pipers and drummers escort a ceremonial haggis and pint of Scotch Ale throughout the Schlafly Tap Room. Immediately following the piper parade, our kilted co-founder, Tom Schlafly channels the spirit of Robert Burns’ as he recites an original poem from atop the Tap Room bar. Naturally, we cook up some extraordinarily delicious Scottish food, and round out the festivities with the best Celtic musicians in St. Louis.
Always a fun, loose evening, the event encompasses the whole of life’s emotions in one evening. There is the serious thought provoking speech (of course laced with humor) along with song, nostalgia, merriment, satire, wit, happiness and sadness. Truly an extraordinary evening.
Free and open to the public.
• 5pm - Haggis, cock-a-leekie soup, neeps & tatties, shephard’s pie, scotch eggs, and sticky toffee pudding will all be available for sale upstairs in the Club Room (cash only).
• 6pm - The PARADE OF PIPERS, Haggis, and Scotch Ale begins and Tom Schlafly addresses the masses with his annual poem conjuring the spirit of Robert Burns from all three Tap Room bars.
• 7pm - DUDDY BREEKS play live in the Club Room.