THE WAKKER WEEKLY - Issue #1372 - Posted on: 15-May-2017

BUSHWAKKER NEWS

Our guest tap is currently pouring the "Muggle-bot" Pale Ale from Regina’s Malty National Brewing. This is their beloved Magic Robot recipe with Mosaic hops taking the place of Citra: $7.95 for a pint and $5.95 for a half pint. Next up we have a Vienna Lager from Pile O’ Bones Brewing in Regina.

Our premium red wine for May is Mezzomondo Negroamaro from Italy: $6.50 for a glass and $16.95 for a half litre. The white is Caliterra Reserva Sauvignon Blanc from Chile: $7.50 for a glass and $19.95 for a half litre. 

Our southern German-style Stubblejumper Pils is available for growler fills at the Quance Street SLGA store in Regina for the month of May. Three other new Saskatchewan brewed beers are also available. Be sure to support this SLGA pilot program and help grow Saskatchewan craft beer. 

New Hours of Operation. Monday to Thursday hours are now 11:00 AM to midnight and Friday and Saturday hours are 11:00 AM to 1:00 AM. Sunday hours remain unchanged at 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM.


Bushwakker general manager, Kelly Monette, was all smiles as she presents William Shatner
with a bottle of Bushwakker brewed Tartan Kiss maple oaked stout last weekend.
This limited edition beer was created to commemorate Shatner himself.

BUSHWAKKER EVENTS

May 14: Mother’s Day Feature. Six ounce Beef Tenderloin with Crimini Mushroom Demi, Veggies and Potato. $19.95

May 15: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. Call Me Mildy. Blues/rock, slide & harmonica blues peppered with reggae-laden melodies. 8:00 PM. 

May 17: Wednesday Night Folk. The Accomplice. Innovative one-man band delivers Grammy recognizable rock songs. 8:00 PM.

May 18: Health Science Pub. Climate Change & Human Health: Bugs, Floods & Social Inequality.  This month's lecture will be presented by Amber Fletcher, Sociology and Social Studies, University of Regina and Mel Hart, Biology, University of Regina. Climate change is real and its impacts are beginning to be felt. Some of those impacts will directly affect human health. Diseases previously contained to specific locations such as tropical rain forests will spread into new environments with some consequences that can be predicted and some that likely can not. The frequency and location of "natural disasters" like floods, drought and wild fire will change. Protecting human health in the face of these changes is a complex and multifaceted task. It is made more complex by the fact that these events will impact different social groups in different ways. The two speakers will explore the science and social science of both what challenges climate change poses for human health and how we might think about society's response. 7:00 PM.

May 19: ANNUAL SCREAMIN’ MOSQUITO CHILI BEER RELEASE. Our hot pepper-infused blonde ale makes its annual return this weekend. We have partnered with local businessman, Tony Matharu at the India Food Centre in Regina to provide a selection of fresh spicy peppers that will showcase their unique flavours in addition to varying degrees of heat. The first pepper offering will a nice, easy introduction to the style and is one of our most popular offerings–the classic Serrano Pepper! Hurts so good!

May 19, 20 & 21: MAY LONG WEEKEND KEG EVENT. What better way to celebrate the year’s first warm long weekend than with a Bushwakker keg? Receive free ice, cups, coasters and the use of a keg chiller tub with any May long weekend keg order. Four sizes of kegs are available for any gathering big or small. 

May 20: THE 2nd POET LAUREATE’S POETRY & A PINT PRESENTATION. The Saskatchewan Poet Laureate Program was the first provincial program of its kind in Canada. The Saskatchewan Arts Board, Saskatchewan Book Awards, and the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild are partners in the program, which is under the patronage of the Lieutenant Governor. Enjoy a Saturday afternoon of poetry readings from some of Regina and area’s established and up-and-coming writers including: Brenda Schmidt (New Poet Laureate of Saskatchewan), Anne McDonald, Bruce Rice, Carle Steel, Dave Sealy and Nathan Mader. Perhaps enjoy a slice of our special Chocolate Muse Cheesecake. One of our most “challenging” cheesecakes ever! 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

May 21: Closed For the Holiday. Happy Victoria Day!


The Bushwakker Local Arts Wall for the month of May features the vibrant works of Tracy Bjorgan.


Tracy is an emerging abstract painter from Regina. Although she comes from a family of artists, Tracy was busy pursuing her passion for microbiology, being fascinated by the unseen world of microbes from an early age. In stark contrast to her science background, Tracy recently began experimenting with painting and has discovered the wonderful world of art. Her paintings are all about color and energy. She works with acrylic on canvas and likes to create bold and dramatic abstracts. Tracy finds a similarity between the mystery of what will emerge on the canvas to the mystery of discovering the invisible world around us. Be sure to stop by The Bushwakker this month and view Tracy's talents! Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Abstract-Acrylic-Paintings-1708889...   Instagram: tracybjorgan.ca   www.tracybjorgan.ca

How To Kill The Wicked Weed Growing In The Garden Of Craft Beer

By: Mark E. Lasbury     Indiana on Tap

AB-InBev is acquiring Wicked Weed. That bit of information almost broke the craft beer channels of the internet Wednesday, but the trend started long before then and will continue long into the future, unless there is a concerted effort on the part of craft beer brewers and drinkers. I don’t know much about business, but here is an opinion, a fact, and a question that keeps hurting my brain.

Number one, I realize that it’s hard to turn down money that will change the fate of your family for generations. No craft beer brewer opens a brewery, works that hard, learns to conduct business and build a brand just so that they can scrape by or lose money. Brewers are in business to make money. And when silly money from big beer gets offered to you for your hard work, the decision can’t be easy.

That’s my opinion, carved out by years of working hard, making less money than I think I am worth, and praising my wife Walter for having a good job that she is willing to go to everyday. But here’s another opinion, backed up by more than my feelings – big beer is bad for craft beer. Walt and Luke Dickinson of Wicked Weed said yesterday that we are all getting it wrong, that their acquisition by AB-InBev is a good thing for fans of the beer they make and that other brewers make.
AB-InBev is devious as heck, they disguise big beer as craft beer. Photo credit: The (Fort Collins) Coloradoan.

The actions of AB-InBev in recent history tells us that this is not true. Wicked Weed is their first acquisition of 2017, but in recent years they have bought outright or acquired a controlling interest in Goose Island, Blue Point, Elysian, Breckenridge, 10 Barrel, Devil’s Backbone, Golden Road, and Fore Peaks. Other big beer companies have acquired similar craft beer producers (as word comes out on 05/04 that Lagunitas has sold their remaining 50% stake to Heineken), but let’s focus here on the recent buyout and the other breweriess acquired by AB-InBev.

The fact is that big beer does harm craft beer. Money is at the heart of it all, and macro beer has a lot of it. Their agenda has been written about in many articles, but basically, it boils down to three points: 1) if you can’t beat’em, buy’em and make money off of them; 2) use big beer money to undercut beer prices to the point where independent brewers lose money and eventually close; and, 3) control the shelf space in stores and taps in restaurants by buying distributors and having enough leverage to influence the actions of other distributors. This third point is the most devious and can do the most damage.

That leads to the question I keep asking myself – if acquisitions are bad for craft beer, why do they keep happening? There is such a wonderful community of craft brewers in America, and they listen to, learn from, and care for one another. That was apparent from the heartfelt and obviously difficult open letter that Jester King Brewing wrote yesterday to address the Wicked Weed situation. Yet I do not think that the majority of craft beer brewers and drinkers are bringing as much pressure to bear as they could.

When you go to a festival or a bar, do you avoid breweries that you know have sold out to big beer?

Take, for instance, the Wicked Weed Funkatorium Invitational that will take place on July 8 in Asheville. Seventy breweries, all big names, had committed to pour at the event before the announcement yesterday. It is safe to say that Wicked Weed didn’t give them a heads up, considering participant Jester King’s letter. They, and seven other breweries pulled out of the festival in the last 24 hours (Black Project, Grimm Artisanal Ales, Jackie O’s, OEC Brewing, Wooden Robot, Haw River, and Trillium). These breweries are flexing the muscle that they have. (Note: the list of breweries that have reversed themselves on serving at the Invitational had reached 26 by late Thursday)

Why would a craft brewer support a brewery, directly or indirectly, when that brewery is part of a group that actively works against the interests of smaller, independent craft beer? Jester King collaborated often with Wicked Weed, and they sold Wicked Weed beer in their taproom. That’s all gone now and that makes a direct impact on Wicked Weed’s bottom line. But Jester King also had good will with the Asheville brewery and poured at Wicked Weed festivals. Removing that has an indirect effect but is just as important. If more breweries and drinkers withheld financial support and goodwill from breweries that sell out to big beer, I think that the additive effect would start to make a difference.

To this end, I am wondering what will happen with the other 62-63 breweries scheduled to pour at the Invitational. I can understand why Goose Island and 10 Barrel have no problem showing up, but I am more concerned with what some of my favorite breweries are going to do. Upland Brewing – are you planning on attending the Invitational. If yes, why? If no – tell us and make it loud and public. The same should go for my other favorites (almost all of them on the list) – Brewery Vivant, Scratch Brewing, Tröegs Independent Brewing, Jolly Pumpkin, and New Holland.

Vivant and Scratch are small enough to be offended by Wicked Weed’s move on an emotional as well as financial level, while New Holland and Boulevard are big enough to be greatly affected by the distributor influencing of big beer. Upland Brewing is in between, small enough to be pure of heart, but also starting to distribute in Boston, New York, Washington DC, and other places. For them, shelf space and taps are now much more important than they were just a few short months ago.

What I am requesting is that these breweries, and others, use the power they have, both direct and indirect, to bring pressure on the industry to remain independent. Craft beer bars, are you forced to carry Wicked Weed beers and those from other breweries that sell out to big beer? Craft beer drinkers, I’m talking to you as well. You speak with your drinking dollars – why would you give your money to a group that is actively harming that which you love? I think it is time to flex the muscles that we have as producers, suppliers, pourers, and consumers.

Beaker’s Suggestion: Breweries and Craft Beer bars could post a list of breweries that have sold out to big beer, just as a public service reminder to their patrons. They may sell beer from those breweries, but the customer should be informed. (Note: reader Dave Ehlman suggests an app called Craft Check to keep track of which breweries are BA-defined craft; ie. who owns whom.)




TIME OUT

A young boy enters a barber shop and the barber whispers to his customer, "This is the dumbest kid in the world.  Watch while I prove it to you." 
The barber puts a dollar bill in one hand and two quarters  in the other,  then calls the boy over and asks, "Which do you want, son?"  The boy takes the quarters and leaves. 
"What did I tell you?" said the barber. "That kid never learns!"  Later, when the customer leaves, he sees the same young boy coming out of the ice cream store. "Hey, son!  May I ask you a question?  Why did you take the quarters instead of the dollar bill?" 
The boy licked his cone and replied, "Because the day I take the dollar, the game's over!"


This Weeks Daily Features

Weekend Feature: Smoked Ribeye Steak w/ Baked Potato & Broccoli Salad. $19.95

Soup & Sandwich Special is $12.95.  All hot specials are $15.95, except where noted, & include a serving of soup du jour, house, or Caesar salad.

Soup

Sandwich

Hot Special

Beer Pairing

Fri., May 12

Carrot & Ginger

Spicy Steak Bites

Oysters on Half Shell. (Market Price)

Northern Lights Lager

Sat., May 13

Bushwakker

Breakfast Tostada

Steak & a Pint. $18.95

Sun., May 14

Bushwakker

Breakfast Tostada

6 oz Beef Tenderloin w/ Mushroom Demi. $19.95

Mon., May 15

Creamy Potato & Bacon

Chipotle Chicken Tostadas

Chicken Tikka Skewers on Grilled Potato Salad

Last Mountain Lager

Tues., May 16

Chicken Potato & Leek

BBQ Chicken Pizza. $13.95

Lemon Pepper Cod Loin w/ Fresh Herb Salad

Regina Pale Ale

Wed., May 17

Sausage & Bean

Chimichurri Roast Beef

Spiced Rubbed Pork Loin w/ Asian Vinegar Glaze

Sodbuster Brown Ale

Thur., May 18

Mulligatawny

Portabella Mushroom Burger

Prosciutto Wrapped Chicken w/ Orzo Salad

Palliser Porter

Fri., May 19

Beef Chili w/ Corn Chips

Pita Pocket Lamb Burger

Moroccan Turkey Burger

Chico IPA

Sat., May 20 &

Sun., May 21

Bushwakker

Mexican Burrito

Steak & a Pint. $18.95