THE WAKKER WEEKLY - Issue #1265 - Posted on: 27-Apr-2015

Bushwakker News

Our premium red wine special for April is Arboleda Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile. The white is Charles Smith (2014 Winemaker of The Year) Kung Fu Girl Riesling from Washington State. Both are $8.95 for a glass and $25.95 for a half litre.

Our guest draught tap is currently pouring a specialty offering from the Paddock Wood Brewery in Saskatoon.  The Cerces Elixir is a barrel-aged version of their Imperial IPA. It has been partially fermented with Brettanomyces yeast, which is used to brew Lambic beers.  Next up is the Shipyard Brewing XXXX Imperial IPA from Portland , Maine. 9.25% ABV, 70 IBUs and scores 90 points on Ratebeer.com.

We write elsewhere on this page about trends and innovations. The Bushwakker has begun to offer a series of so-called “single-hopped” beers, meaning that only one hop variety was used throughout the brewing process, for the initiation of the boil and for later additions for hop flavour and for hop aroma. This allows the beer aficionada the opportunity to learn the specific flavour and aroma characteristics of the various hops used today in brewing. Alexander Keith’s has already offered a whole series of single-hopped beers. The Bushwakker’s first single-hopped beer is Amarillo American Pale Ale and is now on tap. Amarillo also represents another trend, session ales. Session ales may have all the flavour of an IPA, which usually has an alcohol strength around 7%. Amarillo has an alcohol strength of 4.5%, so you can have more than one if you wish.

From Rebellion Brewing’s facebook page:

Three cheers go up for Bushwakker Brewing Company, the winners of the Inaugural Rebellion/ALES Open Cask Festival. Their Irish Coffee Milk Stout was damn tasty.

Congratulations are in order to Bushwakker head brewer Mitch! Other breweries present at Rebellion’s Cask Festival were Paddock Wood Brewing Co., Black Bridge Brewery, Nokomis Craft Ales, Rebellion Brewing Company and Half Pints Brewing Company. Head Server Cheryl tapped our firkin. (See below.)



Bushwakker Events

Apr. 27: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. Whiteboy Slim’s Birthday Blues Bash. Toronto Exclusive Magazine-Best Blues Artist , Best. Blues CD, Best Blues Song 2007 & 2010. 8:00 PM.

Apr. 29: Wednesday Night Folk. Bears in Hazenmore. Ambient-indie folk from the heart of the prairies. 9:00 PM.

May 1: First Firkin Friday. Enjoy the pomp and circumstance of a small keg (the firkin) of specialty created beer being paraded around the pub in a small procession lead by a piper from the Regina Police Pipes & Drums. A volunteer guest firkin tapper is selected and quite often gives everyone in the immediate vicinity a beer shower if the keg isn`t tapped with proper strength and precision. Check out the April First Firkin Friday tapping video on our website homepage at www.bushwakker.com to see the messy and hilarious results that befall those who miss the mark when tapping the firkin. If you ever wondered what a set of beer soaked bagpipes and kilt looks like, be sure to check out our short FirkinCam video. The firkin tapping takes place on the first Friday of every month at 5:30 PM.

May 4: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. The Jazz Band-Its. Over 20 members comprise this very large band playing some great big band jazz. 8:00 PM.

May 5: Wednesday Night Folk Special Edition. Annual Bushwakker Regina Women In Song event. A showcase of three young and very talented female artists. This year`s performers include: Katie Miller, MYLA and Annie Burch. 9:00 PM.

May 11: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. The Ministry of Groove. Popular act plays 1970`s jazz funk and beyond. 8:00 PM.

May 13: Wednesday Night Folk. Kory Istace Vs. The Time Pirates. Renegade folk rock. 9:00 PM.

May 15 & 16: May Long Weekend Keg Event. The first long weekend of the Saskatchewan summer season will hopefully be a warm one. With any one of our four sizes of Bushwakker kegs available, you will receive free cups, coasters, ice and the loan of a keg chilling tub. 10 litre (29 standard servings), 19 litre (55 standard servings), 29 litre (85 standard servings) and 59 litre (171 standard servers) are available for any size gathering big or small.

Our May Artist is Quin C. Greig

Quin C. Greig was born in Swan River, Manitoba in 1988. Raised on a remote acreage, Quin spent much of her childhood among animals and nature, playing solitary “games of imagination,” which would eventually have a profound effect on the subject matter of her artwork. Her father, Tim Greig, is a visual artist, and both of her parents fostered her creativity. Quin is now a practicing interdisciplinary artist, and she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts with distinction from the University of Regina in 2013. While experienced in oil painting, intaglio printmaking and sculpture, she specializes in watercolor drawings. While deeply interested myth and magic - She is simultaneously, and just as importantly, influenced by the people whom she encounters in her daily life. In previous works, she has cast her personal friends, family and co-workers into roles made traditional to others through fairytales, fables and allegory. This is representative of the ways in which she feels she has encountered magic, synchronicity, and archetypes from the Jungian “collective unconscious” in her own unfolding narrative. In her ”Symbolic Spiritual Portraiture” series, “people” remain her subject matter, but rather than creating a portrait that represents their outward likeness in an archetypal role, an interview is administered to determine symbolism which represents the subject’s “inner self”. This was a challenge to herself as an artist to attempt to increase her perception and intuition, determining a selection of imagery that accurately represents her subject “spiritually”. Quin currently divides her time between her home studio and The Bushwakker Brewing company where she has worked as a waitress since 2010.


From Deschutes Brewpub, Portland OR.

The 2015 annual meeting of craft brewers took place last week in Portland OR. Head Server Cheryl Tovey and Head Brewer Mitch Dalrymple attended on behalf of the Bushwakker. They are joined by original Bushwakker head brewer Scott Robertson, who attended from Singapore where he is in charge of two craft breweries. 

The Bushwakker attends these meetings because we like to keep up with trends and innovations in craft brewing. Over 11,500 people attended this year in Portland. The event was held last year in Denver, where 9,000 people attended. We first started attending before the Bushwakker was founded, over a quarter century ago, when 120 people showed up. 

The Saskatchewan Beer Scene.

On Monday, April 13 an article appeared in the Leader Post written by Todd MacKay, Prairie director, Canadian Taxpayers Federation. He bemoaned the fact that some beers, such as Moose head, Coors and Corona, are refrigerated while on display in SLGA stores, while others are not. The SLGA and MacKay seem to both assume that these are premium products, worthy of special treatment. Saskatchewan is surely the only place in North America where such an article could appear in a local newspaper. 

We agree with the MacKay that the policies of the SLGA are not in the best interest of the consumer. They are determined mainly by the need to maximize revenue for government; the consumer be damned. We would not agree, however, that they do indeed maximize that revenue. They are also an attempt to squeeze the distributors of these imported products for more money and are related to the weird decision by SLGA to NOT have any refrigeration for beer in their new warehouse being built at the Global Transportation Hub. 

We add that they support the image of the province as being backward. Moosehead, Coors Banquet Beer or Corona are more expensive because they must travel further than many beers on the SLGA shelves, from New Brunswick, Colorado and Mexico respectively, but in our spectrum of beer they all occupy the same identical point at the extreme cheap end of that spectrum, with properties often associated with sex in a canoe, and there’s nothing premium about them. In fact, the world’s most recognized beer expert up until his death in 2007, Michael Jackson of London England, replied in frustration to the oft repeated question “What’s the world’s worst beer?” with “Okay then, it would have to be Corona.” 

Our concern is about the near absence of the 99% of the rest of the beer spectrum in most beer stores and restaurants in Saskatchewan, refrigerated or not. We have a long way to go to catch up with the 21st century. 

We didn’t see this article when it was published because we were on the road somewhere between AZ. and SK. It was taken from a web forum on beer news. Our primitive beer scene is now on display for all the world to see. Tourism Saskatchewan should be concerned!

Why Breweries Are So Rare in the American South

What do you get when you mix corporate interest with religiously motivated temperance? A whole lot of Budweiser.  Joe Pinsker Apr 13 2015

It may be hard to imagine now, but American ale-drinkers previously had few alternatives to the mass-produced beers that The Economist once (not incorrectly) deemed "fizzy dishwater." In fact, there were only two craft breweries in America in 1977. By 2012, that number had risen to 2,751, and while macrobreweries such as Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors still dominate America's beer market, craft breweries are estimated to account for about a tenth of the industry's revenues.

While observations abound about "the rise of America's craft breweries," the story has been very different on the state level. Vermont, for example, had one brewery for every 25,000 residents in 2012. Mississippi, meanwhile, had one for every 994,500. These aren't anomalous islands of booziness and temperance—they're exemplars of their regions. The nine states with the fewest breweries are all in the South. What is it about the region that might make this true?

In short, it's because of the Baptists. Steve Gohmann, a professor of economics at the University of Louisville, recently published a paper in Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice cataloguing the potent blend of regulation, religion, and corporate interest that makes the South less hospitable to small breweries.

Around the nation, big beer producers contribute to the campaigns of politicians who will support policies that discourage competition from local upstarts—for example, taxes on breweries and laws that prevent breweries from selling their kegs directly to consumers (instead of through a distributor). But what's unique about the South is that there's a voting bloc—the Baptists—whose moral stance against alcohol happens to align with large producers' desires to keep new competitors from getting started in the business. The support of Baptists provides Southern politicians with a reason to hinder brewers that politicians in other regions don't have. As a result, the states with the most Baptists tend to have the fewest breweries.

What Gohmann found is a correlation, of course, but it's a convincing one. There's no counter-argument that Southerners simply don't like beer: Louisiana happens to be the state with the 10th-highest beer consumption per capita, and South Carolina isn't far behind. And while there are other religious groups—Mormons and Muslims, to name two—that abstain from alcohol and live in high concentrations in areas with lots of breweries, those groups, unlike Baptists, take firmer stances on what they themselves can drink than on what others are allowed to.

In fact, there's even more of a religious pressure for temperance in the South than Gohmann has it. While Baptists take the strongest position against alcohol, Methodists have also publicly advocated for temperance. "Between the two of them, they account for a very large proportion of the population in the South," says Nancy Ammerman, a professor of sociology at Boston University.

(Ammerman notes that these stances are "ironic, since in the really long history of the region, both Baptist and Methodist preachers were often paid in whiskey." And in practice, plenty of modern-day Baptists and Methodists no longer hide their consumption of alcohol. "The old joke was that no two Baptists ever said hello to each other in the liquor store," she says.)

Even though the South doesn't have many breweries, it does have plenty of whiskey distilleries—Kentucky, Gohmann said, is the American capital of whiskey. What do Baptists, Methodists, and their votes have to say about that? "My results are less likely to apply right now because microdistilleries are not capturing that much of the market from the large producers," he says. Without bigger-scale whiskey makers pushing in the same direction, Baptists don't have as much sway over politicians.

Policies like tax exemptions and the absence of distribution restrictions may be dry explanations for the flourishing of American craft beer, but the history of American breweries in the past 100 years has been shaped more than anything else by regulation. The ultimate regulation, of course, was Prohibition, which kicked in in 1920 and put 1,568 breweries out of business. Most of the roughly 700 that survived were squashed by a few large-scale brewers, who favored policies that demolished competition. (In 1923, the president of Anheuser-Busch wrote an urgent letter to President Calvin Coolidge, calling saloons that sold their own beer without a distributor "objectionable.")

By 1983, only 49 breweries existed, and America's DIY beer culture was nonexistent. But after a longstanding ban on homebrewing was repealed in 1978 and states started legalizing brewpubs (breweries that sell 25 percent of more of their beer on premises) that same year, an opportunity had opened up. And in 1991, the federal government kept in place a tax break for small brewers, further opening the doors for homebrewers to start playing around in their basements, hitting upon new recipes, and deciding to open up pubs of their own.

And that's why many Americans are no longer stuck with fizzy dishwater—unless, of course, they live in the South.

Ed. Note: So now we know why Saskatchewan is so far behind in the development of a craft beer scene. The province, particularly Saskatoon, was heavily settled by members of the Temperance movement. 

I realize that some of our readers will want to rebut with a list of new brewery openings. But this is just a beginning. I recently attended a reception at a Regina hotel. They only offered wine, industrial beer and cheap booze. Only in Saskatchewan!


Time Out.

The only seat available on the train was directly adjacent to a well-dressed middle-aged French woman and the seat was being used by her dog. 
The weary traveler asked, "Ma'am, please move your dog. I need that seat." 
The French woman looked down her nose at the American, sniffed and said, You Americans. You are such a rude class of people. Can't you see my little FiFi is using that seat?" 
The American walked away, determined to find a place to rest, but after another trip down to the end of the train, found himself again facing the woman with the dog. 
Again he asked, "Please, lady. May I sit there?". I'm very tired. 
The French woman wrinkled her nose and snorted "You Americans! Not only are you rude, you are also arrogant....!" The American didn't say anything else, he leaned over, picked up the dog, tossed it out the window of the train and sat down in the empty seat.
The woman shrieked and railed, and demanded that someone defend her honor and chastise the American. 
An English man sitting across the aisle spoke up indignantly 
"You know, sir, you Americans do seem to have a penchant for doing the wrong thing. 
You eat holding the fork in the wrong hand. You drive your autos on the wrong side of the road. And now, Sir, you've thrown the wrong bitch out the window." 


A man enters a barbershop for a shave. While the barber is foaming him up, he mentions the problems he has getting a close shave around the cheeks. "I have just the thing," says the barber, taking a small wooden ball from a nearby drawer. "Just place this between your cheek and gum." 
The man places the ball in his mouth and the barber proceeds with the closest shave the man has ever experienced. After a few strokes the client asks, "What if I swallow it?" 
"No problem," says the barber. "Just bring it back tomorrow like everyone else does."


A tourist from Bulgaria visited the United States on his first overseas trip. Upon arrival at the Immigration desk, he is visibly puzzled filling his visa application. The Immigration officer looks over his shoulder, and sees the tourist trying to write "Twice a week" into the small space labeled "SEX". 
The officer explained: "No, no, no. That is not what we mean by this question. We are asking 'Male' or 'Female'." 
"Does it matter?" the tourist answered.





Weekend Seafood Feature: Blackened Perch on Fresh Green Salad w/ Raspberry Balsamic Vinaigrette. $13.95 (Northern Lights Lager)

Soup & Sandwich Special is $11.95.  All hot specials are $15.95, except where noted, and include a serving of soup du jour, chopped, or Caesar salad. 

Soup

Sandwich

Hot Special

Beer Pairing

Fri., April 24

Roasted Butternut Squash

Roast Beef & Cheddar w/ Sourdough

Peppercorn Striploin w/ Aged Cheddar Mashed & Grilled Asparagus. $16.95

Palliser Porter

Sat., April 25

Bushwakker

Black Bean & Chorizo Sub

Steak & a Pint. $17.95

Mon., April 27

Carrot & Coconut Purée

Crispy Pork Wrap

Yellow Curry Shrimp Linguini

Baron Bock

Tues., April 28

Sausage & Black Bean

Caribbean Chicken Pizza. $13.95

Beef Marsala Stuffed Peppers w/ Grilled Asparagus

Regina Pale Ale

Wed., April 29

Curried Sweet Potato

Roast Beef Melt on French

Rosé Chicken Lasagna

Dungarvon Irish Red Ale

Thur., April 30

Venetian Rice & Pea

Philly Chicken Panini

Beef Stir Fry

Stubblejumper Pilsner

Fri., May 1

Mixed Mushroom Purée w/ Sherry

Lobster Roll

Thai Burger

Amarillo Ale

Sat., May 2

Bushwakker

Smoked Salmon Frittata

Steak & a Pint. $17.95