Where there’s kilts and Scottish ale flowing, there’s surely haggis not far. At least that’s the case tonight when Sly Fox hosts its annual Robbie Burns Birthday bash at its Phoenixville pub. Bagpipes will be piping, the first barrels of the brewery’s Burns Scottish Ale and Gang Aft Agley Scotch Ale will be tapped, and Ian Turnbull will deliver a spirited reading of the Scottish bard’s “Ode to a Haggis.” And that’s just one of many happenings this weekend that fans of beer drinking are going to want to belly up for.
• On Saturday, Johnny Brenda’s hosts its annual Trouble with Tripels Belgian beer bonanza. At last count, there were more than 10 Belgian style tripels from area brewers lined up, including Flying Fish’s ward winning Exit 4 American Tripel, Victory’s Golden Monkey and Stoudt’s Abbey Tripel. To go with the brews on offer, J.B.’s will serve a selection of French and Belgian-inspired specials, like rabbit rillettes, mussels, assorted pates, and frites.
• For the more adventurous beer drinkers, Iron Hill’s Maple Shade location is dedicating Saturday to Barrels, Bourbon and Bugs, which presents the rare opportunity to sample and sip a broad range of rare and peculiar beers that are either barrel aged or brewed with wild yeast strains. Or in some instances, both. On tap are Bourbon Bock, a traditional full-bodied German dark lager aged in a Bourbon barrel; F.red Flemish Red Ale, a malty reddish-brown ale aged in Pinot Noir barrels; Saizanne Wood, a classic Belgian-style farmhouse ale fermented with the DuPont strain, pink and green peppercorns and Brett B.; and tons more. All the beers will be available in $2 tasters, $10 samplers (five different tasters) and full-sized pours.