THE WAKKER WEEKLY – Issue #1473 – Posted on: 22-Apr-2019
NEWS FROM THE BREWERY! Head brewer, Michael Gaetz, reports our seasonally available TWO SON’S MILK STOUT, BOW PROJECT AMARILLO S.M.A.S.H., FLEK’S CZECH DARK LAGER, PICKARD’S OATMEAL STOUT, and PONCE DE LEON FRUIT ALE are currently on tap. There are also batches of PREMIUM PALE ALE, BOMBAY IPA and BARON BOCK working their way through the brewery.
Our GUEST TAP is pouring the Neapolitan Milk Stout from Regina’s Malty National Brewing. Next up is their Star Crossed Starfuit and Peach Kettle Sour. This will be followed by a Citra Dry Hopped Cider from Crossmount Cider in Saskatoon.
Our April premium wine features are the PAINTED WOLF WINES from South Africa. The white is a Chenin Blanc and the red is a Cabernet Sauvignon. Both are $7.95 for a glass and $21.95 for a half litre.
650 ml glass bottles of our number one selling DUNGARVON IRISH RED ALE are currently available at ALL SIX SLGA stores including the Normanview, Quance Street, Broadway Avenue, North Albert Street, Dewdney & Lewvan and South Albert locations! It is also now available at Urban Cellars in Regina. ATTENTION SASKATOON RESIDENTS! You can find our Dungarvon bottles in the Saskatoon Metro Liquor store!
TIME IS RUNNING OUT! Tickets to the April 27th BUSHWAKKER BREWER’S DINNER are now over 85% sold! Don’t miss out on the signature event of the Bushwakker Brewpub. A four-course meal in which each dish utilizes a unique beer as an ingredient and is paired with a unique beer to enhance the flavours of the food. This year’s fun and festive dinner theme will be MARDI GRAS! This is one of Chef Mike’s favourite culinary styles. Tickets only $69.95 each. Decadent beer cuisine awaits!
Apr. 19: Open at noon on Good Friday. This is our biggest day of the year for fish dish sales! In addition to our extremely popular STUBBLEJUMPER PILS beer battered Fish & Chips we will also offer a Grilled Salmon Ciabatta sandwich and Halibut & Chips too. Will be a grand Good Friday Fish Feeding Frenzy!
Apr. 22: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. THE TERRY QUINNY QUINTET. Former Regina jazz saxman returns home from the UK for a special jazz show with a few interesting twists! 8:00 PM.
Apr. 22 – 27: THE 26TH ANNUAL ALES OPEN. A record 800 entries from all across Canada will be judged in this year’s homebrewing competition. Approximately 100 volunteers will be working away all week in the Bushwakker basement clubroom.
Apr. 24: Wednesday Night Folk. JAMES IRVING. Nickletree frontman returns to deliver some roots rock. 8:00 PM.
Apr. 27: ANNUAL BUSHWAKKER BREWER’S DINNER. The signature event of The Bushwakker Brewpub! A four-course meal in which each dish utilizes a unique beer as an ingredient and is paired with a unique half pint of beer to enhance the flavours of the food. This year’s fun and festive dinner theme will be MARDI GRAS! This is one of Chef Mike’s favourite culinary styles. Tickets only $69.95 each. Don’t delay. This event sold out last year.
Apr. 29: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. BILLY HUGHES & THE INSTIGATORS. Veteran Regina bluesman recently resurrected his rockin’ blues band and is back for an encore performance! 8:00 PM.
By: Joseph Formanek
With AB InBev and MillerCoors’s disagreement over corn syrup in the news, let’s explore just how corn syrup impacts brewing beer.
All the hubbub surrounding this controversy revolves around the fact that AB InBev differentiates Bud Light by not using corn syrup, which implies that corn syrup is in some way a negative ingredient in beer.
What Are the Facts Behind this Controversy?
Now that it’s in the news, it is a good time to discuss what corn syrup actually is to get a better understanding of why it is a commonly used ingredient in the brewing process, particularly when brewing American Light Lagers (Category 1A in the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines).
There are a multitude of beer styles currently recognized by the Beer Judge Certification Program as well as by the Brewers Association, with new styles continually being recognized due to the creative nature of brewers. Regardless of the style, beer is made through fermentation by yeast (and/or certain bacteria in certain styles). Fermentation is simply the process in which yeast (or bacteria) grow and multiply by utilizing sugar and nutrients in the fermentation broth (or wort) with byproducts of this process being typically alcohol and carbon dioxide. Among those styles is the Standard American Beer style family, and a subcategory of that family is American Light Lager. Bud Light, Miller Lite and Coors Light all fit within that subcategory. American Light Lager is, as the name suggests, a beer that is subtle in most respects – low in flavor, aroma and, in particular, quite light in body – delivering a light, refreshing and thirst-quenching brew.
A typical wort is traditionally composed of sugars (glucose, maltose and potentially others, all derived from processing the starch in barley or wheat malt) with nutrients either coming from the malt or through direct addition during the brewing process. Various aroma, flavor and taste components come from hops and water. The type and amount of sugar is the key to determining both the strength and body of a beer. This is typically dialed in by the brewer through the use of different temperatures being used during the mash, where enzymes coming from the malt convert starch into sugars. A typical brewing yeast strain can utilize simple sugars like dextrose, fructose or maltose for fermentation, but not larger more complex sugars. The higher amount of complex sugar left in the wort, the higher the body of the resulting beer. A rule of thumb is the greater the ratio of simple sugar, like dextrose, to complex sugars is in the wort, the greater the alcohol content and the thinner the body of the beer.
Since American Light Lagers have a very thin body, the ratio of simple sugars to complex sugars must be high. While other processes, like the use of enzymes, may be used to more completely break down the starch in malt to dextrose, it is typically easier to add adjuncts (or alternative sugar sources) to substitute for some of the malt in the process in order to boost the simple sugar ratio. Typical adjuncts could be alternative grains, like rice, which are mostly all starch, which are then easily converted to dextrose during the mashing process. Another typical adjunct would be the direct addition of a sugar such as corn syrup.
Corn syrup is, simply, the starch from corn that has been broken down into nearly pure dextrose. Different breweries might have their own favorite adjuncts to use in their process. AB InBev uses rice in their mash to make Bud Light. MillerCoors adds corn syrup directly into the boil for Miller Lite and Coors Light. Either way, the result is the same – yeast use the sugar supplied to them for their fermentation process.
A hallmark of the American Light Lager style is a very clean taste and low levels of overall flavor. The key to this is having a simple sugar like dextrose as the sugar source for fermentation. The dextrose derived from rice starch is identical to that found in corn syrup, and each deliver the same clean taste without distracting off-flavors.
The controversy in this case seems to arise from confusion between corn syrup and other similar-sounding ingredients. In the food industry, there is a product that has become rather controversial over the past few years called High-fructose corn syrup or HFCS. HFCS is a hydrolysate of corn starch, but the process allows for a higher level of fructose to be present in the resulting syrup. Fructose is naturally sweeter than dextrose (about 1.5x sweeter) and about 10% sweeter than sucrose (table sugar), so a HFCS can be used to replace table sugar as a sweetening system for cost savings. This is particularly popular for use in soft drinks. HFCS, due to its fructose content, has been implicated in some studies as causing health issues, such as diabetes and obesity, though there is conflicting data. The corn syrup being used in brewing is *not* HFCS – it is simply dextrose. However, even if HFCS were used for brewing, yeast would metabolize fructose just like they would dextrose and no fructose would be present after fermentation.
Corn syrup may also be confused with another ingredient (corn meal) that may be used in certain beer styles such as Pre-Prohibition Lager (formerly known as Classic American Pilsner). Corn meal is in essence a coarse corn flour that contains other components along with starch and delivers a “corny” flavor and aroma to a beer. Corn syrup, on the other hand, being just dextrose, does not deliver any corn character to the resulting brew.
So, if you are a fan of the American Light Lager style, all you need to know is that there is no difference between the use of corn syrup or the use of rice when it comes to the finished product. Each is meant to deliver the exact same thing – to give more dextrose for the yeast to metabolize in order to make a clean-tasting, refreshing and thirst-quenching light beer.
Boudreaux went into the fish market to apply for a job. The boss thought to himself – I’m not hiring that lazy Cajun, so he decided to set a test for Boudreaux hoping he wouldn’t be able to answer the questions and he’d be able to refuse him the job without getting into an argument.
The first question was, “Without using numbers, represent the number 9.”
Boudreaux says, “Dat’s easy” and proceeds to draw three trees.
The boss says, “What in the world is that?”
Boudreaux says, “Tree ‘n tree ‘n tree makes nine.”
“Fair enough” says the boss. “Second question, same rules, but represent 99”.
Boudreaux stares into space, then makes a smudge on each tree.
“Der ya go sir,” he says.
The boss scratches his head and asks, “How on earth do you get that to represent 99?”
Boudreaux answers, “Each tree is dirty now, so it’s dirty tree ‘n dirty tree ‘n dirty tree – dat 99.”
The boss is getting worried he’s going to have to hire Boudreaux so he says, “All right, question number 3. Same rules again, but this time represent the number 100.”
Boudreaux stares into space again, then he shouts, “I got it!” He makes a little mark at the base of each tree and says, “Der ya go sir – 100.”
The boss looks at Boudreaux’s attempt and thinks, “Ha! got him this time.” He then tells Boudreaux, “Go on, Boudreaux, you must be crazy if you think that represents a 100.”
Boudreaux leans forward and points to the little marks at the tree bases and says, “A little dog comes along and craps by each tree, so now ya got dirty tree an’ a turd, dirty tree an’ a turd, and dirty tree an’ a turd, which makes 100. When do I start my job?”
Our April 19th- 21st Weekend Prime Rib & Giant Yorkie Special: 8 oz – $22.95 & 10 oz – $26.95. Available after 4:00 PM.
Soup & Sandwich Special is $13.95. All hot specials are $16.95, except where noted, & include a serving of soup du jour, house, or Caesar salad.
Fri., Apr. 19
Roasted Butternut Squash
Grilled Salmon Ciabatta. $15.95
Halibut Fish & Chips. $18.95
Northern Lights Lager
Sat., Apr. 20
Spicy Beef Burrito
Steak & a Pint. $19.95
Sun., Apr. 21
Steak & a Pint. $19.95
Mon., Apr. 22
Potato Bacon & Beer
IPA Hummus Chicken Wrap
Stubblejumper Shrimp Skewers on Caprese Salad
Cheryl’s Blonde Ale
Tues., Apr. 23
Lager Beef & Potato
Stout Mustard Pork Loin Chops
Last Mountain Lager
Wed., Apr. 24
Creamy Blonde Chicken & Rice
Corn Beef Cuban
Pale Ale Chicken Breast
Dungarvon Irish Red Ale
Thur., Apr. 25
Pale Ale Onion
Beer Battered Shrimp Tacos
Last Mountain Beef Ragu
Regina Pale Ale
Fri., Apr. 26
IPA Cauliflower & Cheddar
Dagwood on Multi-Grain
Sodbuster French Onion Chuck Burger
Premium Pale Ale
Sat., Apr. 27
Bacon & Egg Grilled Cheese
Steak & a Pint. $19.95
Sun., Apr. 28
Steak & a Pint. $19.95
We strive to ensure all weekly specials and soups are made available. Product shortages or unforeseen circumstances may result in modification or even substitution of certain featured menu items.