Saturday, February 02, 2008

Robbie Burns Birthday Bash at Sly Fox Brewery in Phoenixville, PA: 1/25/08

After arriving at Sly Fox in Phoenixville too late in past years for the presentation, addressing, and eating of the Haggis, this was the year for me. And, also, the year of sharing my haggis with other extended hands that just couldn't keep their paws to themselves. Ah, I josh.

Typical Burns frivolity ensued from the get-go. The haggis was addressed and presented with the Scotch (whiskey, that is) on a tour through the dining room. The Burns Scottish Ale and the Gang Aft Agley Scotch Ale were flowing. They were both the best installments in recent memory. As much as I enjoy the GAASA (anything can be acronymized, right?!), I'm thinking that the Scottish Ale is the winter seasonal beer of choice for me at Sly Fox. I believe if you look back here, I may have a comment or two about it. They're both on tap at both locations (bottles of the gang-up also available); so, I'd highly recommend going to get some for yourself if you haven't already. Methinks I'll practice what I preach.

Let's see, what else? It's been 8 days since the event. This past week has, uh, passed in such a blur that recalling the intricacies of the evening are a bit difficult at this point...and perhaps unnecessary. Other than the usual pleasure of hanging with all of the usual suspects, I spent an extra hour or so reliving old days with a pair of friends from college days.

I haven't seen them since being out in the so-called real world. I was a roommate with one for a few months and partying college chum with another (actually were they not both a couple of partying chums, or what?...I ask this question as if you know the answer). They started dating right around that time and the remarkable (remarkable for these days, I say) is that they are still together. They have two children, and from the looks of things, they still enjoy each other and going out for a good time.

Al was wearing his tartan and celebrating his heritage. Seeing them always makes me wonder how many other past friends live around the area, criss-crossing my path every day. Sometimes, it would be nice to have the movie camera vantage on our daily lives, where we could see simultaneously those just-misses...y'know like in You've Got Mail. I didn't really just reference a Meg Ryan/Tom Hanks movie, did I? Sheesh, c'mon now back on topic Bryan...

Anyway, the only notable absence was the Beer Lass. But, it turns out that she was saving up, a bit more than the rest of us at Sly Fox, for the following day at Iron Hill in West Chester, where she was running a bus trip to their Belgium Comes To West Chester event. More on that soon, I promise...

1 comment:

Bryan Kolesar said...

As easy as it was to blame my last goof on the quirkiness of Blogger, this one's all on me. Guess somewhere between talking Sly Fox, dropping Suzanne's name, and trying to tie it into my next event review I inadvertently tied her into the bus trip to West Chester. It was brought to my attention that it's actually an Iron Hill-developed bus trip. Thanks to the corrector who sent the correction...but, still won't let him off the hook in the IH writeup.