January 23, 2015

The 24th Annual Burns' Night at the Schlafly Tap Room

Burns' night is a Scottish tradition celebrating the life, spirit and works of poet Robert Burns (1759-1796). Schlafly's 24th annual celebration included a loaded menu of haggis, shephard's pie, scotch eggs and sticky toffee pudding. Followed by a parade of pipers, a poem by the late and great Tom Schlafly, a live performance by Duddy Breeks and, of course, kilts and delicious Scotch Ale.

Photos by Micah Usher for the Riverfront Times.
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The Celtic drumline parades through the crowd at Schlafly Tap Room.
The Celtic drumline parades through the crowd at Schlafly Tap Room.
The Burns' Night menu features delicious Scottish food including Scotch Eggs, Haggis, Shepard's Pie, a sampler and a sticky toffee pudding. Yum.
The Burns' Night menu features delicious Scottish food including Scotch Eggs, Haggis, Shepard's Pie, a sampler and a sticky toffee pudding. Yum.
Andy Harbut enjoys some grub and a Scottish Ale.
Andy Harbut enjoys some grub and a Scottish Ale.
The parade of pipers march through The Schlafly Tap Room filling the bar with celtic tunes.
The parade of pipers march through The Schlafly Tap Room filling the bar with celtic tunes.
The bartenders are busy pouring Scottish Ale all night.
The bartenders are busy pouring Scottish Ale all night.
Care for some Shepard's Pie?
Care for some Shepard's Pie?
Jarren Gorka holds the Haggis.
Jarren Gorka holds the Haggis.
The Verger, Stephen Hale, carries the big stick during the procession.
The Verger, Stephen Hale, carries the big stick during the procession.
The crowd holds their beers up for a cheers.
The crowd holds their beers up for a cheers.
During the ritual to summon the ghost of Robert Burns' back from the dead, Dan Kopman holds the haggis and John Meyer  stabs the haggis in the middle of his story.
During the ritual to summon the ghost of Robert Burns' back from the dead, Dan Kopman holds the haggis and John Meyer stabs the haggis in the middle of his story.