Robbie Burns is best known for penning the New Year’s tune “Auld Lane Syne,” and a confusing profession of love to the haggis, but beer held a special place in his heart too. On his 258th birthday, raise a glass to the man who wrote a poem about pawning his shoes for a good ale.

Wee Heavy
Hell Bay Brewing Co.
Liverpool, N.S.
Malty and sweet with a touch of peat. This traditional Scottish-style ale makes its seasonal appearance this week. Find it on tap in bars and shelves in private liquor stores around the city.

Professor MacDougall’s Oban Heather (Scottish ale)
Boxing Rock Brewing Co.
Shelburne, N.S.
A sessionable Burns Day option loaded with heather flowers. Honey and peat balance out the floral notes.

80 Bob (Scottish export ale)
Upstreet Craft Brewing
Drink this sweet malt bomb straight from the bottle, or cook it into your Burns Day supper with this recipe for beef bourguignon from Hopyard Beer Bar executive chef Jane Crawford.

Hopped Bourbon Cask Ale
Innis & Gunn
This is one of the few Scottish-made beers available in the city. This limited-edition option is aged in first-fill bourbon casks, and then dry hopped to cut its sweetness with orange-like hop flavours.

Scotch Ale (Scottish ale)
Nine Locks Brewing
Dartmouth, N.S.
Nutty and roasty with sweet notes and a bitter finish. This recent local release is available in cans across the city and in growlers at the brewery.

Halifax Magazine