Who was Robert Burns anyway?

“Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne!”

On “Hogmanay” (the Scottish term for New Year’s Eve) it is a tradition to join hands and sing Auld Lang Syne at the stroke of midnight. Literally translating to “Times gone by”, the song has become a staple folk-song around the world, widly encouraging notions of ‘endings’ and ‘new beginnings’.  Whether a graduation, a birth, a loss or parting farwell – the lyrics have transcended from traditoinal Scottish folklore to a globally recognized tune. But we’re willing to bet most folks couldn’t tell ya who actually wrote the tune…

Robert Burns

Robert Burns is the man behind the infamous tune, and arguably, Scotland’s most reputable and prized poet of all-time. Named Scotland’s National Bard (poet), Burns’ unique, and sometimes radical style distinguished him from other poets, and he still continues to influence Scottish Literature to this day. Thus is would only be fitting that Burns had a holiday named after him. Whether its called Robert Burns Day or Burns Supper – the evening of January 25th (sometimes the 26th) is dedicated to the famous lyricist through ritual recitations of his work, over a celebratory feast.

This year, we invite you to join us in experiencing the tradition behind this dinner. An authentic Robert Burns Dinner will take place on January 26th from 6-11PM at Northwood Hall. Tickets are $40 dollars a person and include an evening of fine dining, a silent auction and celtic entertainment. For more information, please contact info@bhga.org

On January 25th, here at Boundary Bay Brewery, we’ll be tapping a special keg of our Highland Reserve Scotch Ale that we set aside specially for this day.  Join us in a toast dedicated to the great works of Mr. Burns – and have yourself a glass of this deliciously aged brew. We have just ONE keg (120 pints) so it will only be on tap for one evening in commemoration of Mr. Burns. Click the picture (on the left) to read the description of our Highland Reserve Scotch Ale!

Boundary Bay at the Great American Beer Festival

Currently, Ed Bennett (owner of Boundary Bay Brewery) and Matt Z. (one of our beer salesmen) are at the Great American Beer Festival that is happening this weekend in Denver.

These are the beers we’ve submitted for judging:

Cabin Fever: Specially brewed and bottled for the Pacific Northwest winters, this winter warmer’s dark red-brown color and rich malty flavor will complement any rich, hardy meal as well as your favorite spicy dish.  However, with it’s cold conditioned, smooth, dry-hopped flavor, Cabin Fever is very satisfying all by itself.

Old Bounder: A rich, full-bodied barley wine with a smooth caramel sweetness, warming alcohol content and balanced hop character.  Excellent with desserts as an after dinner beverage. To be appreciated in moderation.

Dunkles Bock: This traditional German-style Bock is made with all German malts.  Strong, full-bodied and bottom fermented, our Dunkles Bock has a low hop flavor and a deep copper color.

Imperial IPA: A full bodied, copper colored India Pale Ale, with a fairly strong alcohol content and an aggressive “fresh hop” quality.  Only in the Great Northwest can one find such a well balanced, over the top highly hopped draft ale.

Imperial Oatmeal Stout: A black, very rich and full-bodied stout with a silky smoothness that gives way to a long “roasty” finish.  A heavy weight monster of a beer — not for the timid.

Pilsner: A light, honey colored lager with a beautiful hop aroma and flavor.  This lager is brewed in a traditional manner using only the finest ingredients: Pilsner, Munich and Vienna malts and Saaz and Gr. Hallertau hops.  This beer is fermented at lower temperatures than an ale, creating a drier body, with less fruity esters.

Highland Reserve: In commemoration of the Highland Games our brewers have released a special reserve Highland Scotch Ale, rich and dark with a faint smokey finish.  Dark crystal and peated malts are added to achieve the elements unique to this historic seasonal.

Boundary Bay winning the Alpha King, 2006

Boundary Bay winning the Alpha King, 2006

The Alpha King challenge (which our Imperial IPA won in 2006) will be judged on Friday and all the awards for the entire competition will be presented on Saturday.  Get a piece of the action by trying one of our entries to the GABF.  There will be rotating taps all weekend with selections from our beers being judged. Come in to Boundary Bay this weekend and judge them yourself and let us know what you vote as the favorite!

Click here to see a list of the awards our beers have one in past years of competition.