Lager is the Scottish choice

Tennent's lager. (Courtesy of Tennent's)

Tennent's lager. (Courtesy of Tennent's)

JORDAN ST. JOHN, Special to QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:51 PM ET

It may now be past Robbie Burns day, but to be honest with you, there’s a significant tendency to overplay the romantic view of Scotland that goes along with a Robbie Burns dinner. It’s always fun to get dressed up in your kilt and sporran and watch slightly more coordinated people dance the Gay Gordons.

The celebratory meal is quite heavy, with a fair wee dollop of carbohydrate and offal, and it’s no surprise that many of the beers that people choose to celebrate with are similarly impactful.

It’s for this reason that you might see something like Harviestoun’s Ola Dubh on offer if you go to a Robbie Burns night. The dark malt character goes well with the haggis, and the slightly smoky character leads pleasantly into the single malt that inevitably accompanies the dessert course. You might even find a Traquair Jacobite Ale, which not only hearkens back to the days of yore in terms of the recipe used in production, but includes a hit of coriander and chocolate that will s


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