COTTAGE GROVE — Last week, Coast Fork Brewing hosted the 8th Annual “Robert Burns night,” celebrating the birthday of the Bard of Scotland. The ale-house was filled with tartan, whiskey and poetry in the spirit of Robert Burns Day, a Scottish national holiday that celebrates the life and work of Burns. The feast included a full dinner of house made Haggis, Shepherds Pie, Cottage Pie, Vegan Mushroom Pie and the Coast Fork Pot o’Bangers. Bagpiper Eric Albert, recited “the Ode to the Haggis” and Celtic band Crow Patrick serenaded guests with jaunty tunes. Coast Fork brewed their in-house “Jacobite Ale,” a Scottish-Style Brown Ale, which was a hit amongst patrons.
“It’s a really fun occasion,” Endicott said. “These events seem to have suddenly become a thing in a lot of places. If you can find yet another holiday that can be an excuse to eat comfort food, listen to music and drink beer and whiskey, what’s not to like?”
“My heart’s in the Highlands, my heart is not here; My heart’s in the Highlands a-chasing the deer; A-chasing the wild-deer, and following the roe, My heart’s in the Highlands wherever I go,” – Robert Burns.