THE WAKKER WEEKLY – Issue #1491

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THE WAKKER WEEKLY

Issue #1491 – Posted on: 26-Aug-2019

BUSHWAKKER NEWS

NEWS FROM THE BREWERY! Head brewer, Michael Gaetz, reports our seasonally available GREAT NORTHERN GRAPEFRUIT RADLER, CHICO LIGHT SESSION IPA, CYCLONE BARLEY WINE, BUSHVAR CZECH PILS and SUMMER WHEAT are currently on tap. There are also batches of KAI’S MUNICH HELLES, RASPBERRY WHEAT, BREW & GOLD DORTMUNDER, GRANNY’S BITTER and MOTHERWELL BARNSTORMER RED FIFE WITBIER working their way through the brewery.

Our August Premium White Wine Feature is Boatshed Bay Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand. The Premium Red Wine Feature is Enchanted Tree Shiraz from South Australia. Both are $8.95 for a glass and $23.95 for a half litre.

Our GUEST TAP is currently pouring the LIFE’S A PEACH session ale from Saskatoon’s High Key Brewing. This will be followed by the BERRIED ALIVE Raspberry Ale from Longwood Brewery in Nanaimo, BC and then the ELDERFLOWER ALE from Saskatoon’s Paddock Wood Brewery.

THE BUSHWAKKER GOODNESS IS SPREADING!  ALL SIX REGINA SLGA stores are now offering a varied selection of Bushwakker beers in 650ml bottles. The Quance street SLGA store is also offering growler fills of our number one selling DUNGARVON IRISH RED ALE. Regina’s Urban Cellars east location and Metro Liquor also offer a selection of our bottled beers.

The War of The Wheats Beer Tasting event final results scores (out of 50) are as follows:

1. Schneider Weisse Aventinus 2014 Vintage – 41.71
2.     Ayinger Urweiss – 38.65
3.     St. Bernardus Wit – 38.59
4. Hacker Pschorr Weissbier – 38.35
5. Collective Arts Guava Gose – 37.53
6. 3 Fonteinen Oude Kreik – 36.68
7. Schneider & Brooklyner Hopfenweisse – 35.94
8. Les Trois Mousquetaires Gose – 35.29
9. Collective Arts Pineapple Tepache Berliner Weisse – 28.41
10. Whistler Pineapple Express – 27.47

If you missed this event we still have some bottles of these various brews available in our cooler.

BUSHWAKKER EVENTS

Aug. 24: SASK VS. OTTAWA. Kickoff is at 5:00 PM. Be sure to enjoy our gourmet OTTAWA BURGER & A PINT game day special. Come “devour” the competition!

Aug. 24: MOTHERWELL “BARNSTORMER” RED FIFE WITBIER RELEASE. The Bushwakker is pleased to once again be a proud partner with Parks Canada and the Regina Symphony Orchestra this summer and will brew a new Motherwell Homestead commemorative wheat beer! The Motherwell “Barnstormer” Red Fife Witbier incorporates the historic Red Fife wheat as well as some special ingredients which will impart plenty of delicious “barnyard earthy, grassy funk” into the brew! The beer pays tribute to the fact that the massive red barn found on the Motherwell Homestead served as an aviation beacon and was often used as a navigational training tool by Canadian military pilots. Our Barnstormer beer also acknowledges the 100th anniversary of the first flight made to Regina by the famous Roland Groome. He was the first licensed commercial pilot in Canada with the first licensed aircraft and created the first licensed “air harbour,” in what’s now south Regina’s Lakeview area. This special Belgian – style wheat  beer will be officially released at The Symphony Under The Sky event at the Motherwell Homestead national historic site on Saturday, August 24. A limited number of commemorative bottles will be produced and made available. The label will depict an original painting of the big red Motherwell barn with a Curtiss Pusher aircraft which was drawn by Shannon Sambells who is William Motherwell’s great, great granddaughter. Makes a great Saskatchewan keepsake!

Aug. 26: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. CALL ME MILDY pumps out melodic blues rock with a dash of reggae. 8:00 PM.

Aug. 28: Wednesday Night Folk. BRADFORD. Popular acoustic duo featuring Brad Papp and Mark Radford. 8:00 PM.

Aug. 31, Sept. 1 & 2: LABOUR DAY LONG WEEKEND RIDER/BOMBER BURGER BATTLE.  We welcome our many Manitoba friends who make their annual pilgrimage to the Bushwakker and Mosaic stadium. This is also the only weekend of the year where you can choose from either our Winnipeg Burger & a Pint feature or our Saskatchewan Burger & a Pint feature. History has shown that the burger which sells the best prior to the game is a strong indicator as to which team will win the Labour Day Classic! May the best burger win!

Sept. 1: THE LABOUR DAY CLASSIC: OPEN AT 11:00 AM. Can Team Green produce yet another Labour Day Classic win this year? Join the Sea of Green at the Bushwakker for our Saskatchewan Burger & a Pint or a Winnipeg Burger & a Pint feature and to discuss the probable outcome before the 1:00 PM kick-off. Meet “Back at the Bush” to conduct your post-game analysis.

Sept. 2: OPEN LABOUR DAY MONDAY.

Sept. 4: ALES CLUB MONTHLY MEETING. After a two month summer break, one of North America’s top ranked homebrewing clubs is set to reconvene for another brewing season. The September meeting is historically the largest meeting of the year. This month’s topic will be FRUIT BEER. If you are interested in getting into the art of home brewing or would like to improve your skills, come to the Bushwakker basement clubroom at 8:00 PM and discover what the ALES Club can offer you.

Sept. 4: Wednesday Night Folk. DORIAN MICHAEL. Blues and fingerstyle guitarist from California brings us a special treat for the ears. 8:00 PM.

Sept. 6: FIRST FIRKIN FRIDAY – SPECIAL EDITION. We pay tribute to the late JOE FAFARD with the release of a special commemorative brew and limited edition bottle release created in his honour. Joe was a renowned Canadian visual artist, Order of Canada recipient and designer of the Bushwakker/Fafard logo which adorns our t-shirts, beer labels, glassware and is also found on the outside of the building near our front door. After much consultation with Joe’s immediate family, we identified some symbolic ingredients found on his family’s farm which were incorporated into this English Pale Ale. Honey from his wife’s bee hives and hand-picked dandelion leaves near his creek all play a role in this most unusual, yet very balanced and approachable ale. The pomp and circumstance of this longstanding Bushwakker monthly tradition will be altered somewhat this month as an accordion player will pay tribute to Joe’s Métis roots and will lead a small keg (the firkin) of JOE’S FIRKIN SQUIRREL ALE throughout the pub in a procession. A guest volunteer tapper has been selected to attempt to tap the keg in one swift blow! The suds-soaking spectacular takes place at 5:30 PM. The limited edition bottles will be made available after the firkin is tapped.


Brewery Diversity Benchmarking: A Foundation for Change

By Bart Watson 

As part of the recent human resources and salary benchmarking completed by the BA, we also completed our first benchmark of brewery owner and employee diversity, including both gender and race/ethnicity.

Before we delve into the data, it’s worth spending a few minutes discussing why we felt this benchmark was necessary, and why you should have some reasonable level of confidence in the data.

The simplest reason for benchmarking this data is that you can’t measure future change unless you know where you are to start.

The BA has launched new efforts to support and promote diversity in craft brewing, both within individual brewery businesses, as well as in the community of drinkers of small and independent beer. We view this as a set of business resources that brewery owners can choose to use if they see fit, as well as an opportunity to build the market by inviting new customers into the world of small and independent brewing. In order to measure the success of these efforts, we need to know where we are, so that we can put any future changes in context.

There is always danger in self-report surveys, particularly those that aren’t drawn randomly from a population (in this case breweries), so we need to take special care to make sure we didn’t get a “weird” (that’s a highly technical term) sample. For example, if everyone who responded to our survey was from Texas, California, and Florida, they aren’t going to have the same demographics as the country as a whole, or even the same demographics as where American breweries are located.
Although we can’t ever know 100 percent that respondents answered the survey correctly – though they have little to no incentive to lie – we can check the geographic distribution of our sample. We did this in a couple of ways.

Respondents Included from Forty Eight States
First, at a really basic level, we can look at the breakdown of the states where respondents are from. Forty eight states were covered by the survey and the missing states represent less than one percent of breweries nationally.

We can also do more sophisticated tests, such as a correlation coefficient on the percentage of breweries by state in the sample and nationally (r = .9) or a chi-squared test (chi square = 75.1, p = .012).

What these tell us is that we got a survey that looks a lot like the national distribution of breweries, but it isn’t perfect (a lower chi-squared would have been better, for example).

Demographics of Brewery Locations Shows Sample is Good, Not Perfect
We can also look at the demographics of the places where the breweries who responded are located versus the national population and the demographics of places where all breweries are located.

To do this, I used demographic data from the American Community Survey (ACS) from 2017 by zip code tabulation area (ZCTA). The table below shows the race/ethnicity of the sample of respondents, the total U.S., and the locations of U.S. breweries.

The brewery location data is cut two ways: the first is just the demographics of every ZCTA with a brewery in the U.S; the second weights this by the number of breweries in the ZCTA. Why the two approaches? The first is a better indicator of the people who live in the same immediate region as a brewery, whereas the second is a better check against our sample (since we’d expect to be more likely to get a response from a ZCTA with multiple breweries). Again, this is the data of the people who live in these places, not brewery employees.

Race and Ethnicity Demographics of U.S. Breweries (%)

American Indian or Alaskan Native Asian Black or African American Hispanic or Latino Native Hawaiian or Pacific Island White Other
Sample 0.6 4.9 10.1 14.2 0.1 67.2 2.9
Total U.S. 0.6 5.2 12.2 18.5 0.2 60.8 2.5
All U.S. Breweries 0.6 4.3 8.9 13.2 0.1 70.1 2.7
All U.S. Breweries (Weighted) 0.5 5.6 9.2 16.8 0.2 64.8 2.9

What does this data show about our sample? I think again I’d summarize it as “good, not perfect.” The percentages are broadly in line with what we’d expect, but our sample is drawn from places that are slightly more white and African American, and slightly less Asian and Hispanic/Latino than if we’d surveyed every U.S. brewery.

TIME OUT

A philosophy professor stood before his class of twenty senior students, about to hand out the final exam.
“I want to say that it’s been a pleasure teaching you this semester. I know you’ve all worked extremely hard and many of you are off to graduate school after summer.  So that no one gets their GPA messed up because they might have been celebrating a bit too much this week, anyone who would like to opt out of the final exam today will receive a B for the test.”
There was much rejoicing in the class as students got up, walked to the front of the class, and took the professor up on his offer.  As the last taker left the room, the professor looked out over the handful of remaining students and asked, “Anyone else? This is your last chance.”
One final student rose up and opted out of the final.
The professor closed the door and took attendance of those students remaining. “I’m glad to see you believe in yourselves,” he said. “You all get A’s.”


 Our August 23rd –25th Weekend Special is: Steak Neptune $21.95.
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.

Soup

Sandwich

Hot Special

Beer Pairing

Fri., Aug. 23

Wild Mushroom

Roast Turkey, Bacon & Swiss

Chicken Pot Pie

Session IPA Chico

Sat., Aug. 24

Bushwakker

Burger & a Pint. $19.95

Steak & a Pint. $21.95

Sun., Aug. 25

Bushwakker

Clubhouse

Steak & a Pint. $21.95

Mon., Aug. 26

Creamy Vegetable

Chicken Florentine Wrap

8 oz Deli Reuben

Summer Wheat

Tues., Aug. 27

Sausage & Bean

Meat Lovers Pizza

Chicken & Bacon Linguini

Last Mountain Lager

Wed., Aug. 28

Red Pepper Bisque

Mediterranean Pizza

10 oz New York Steak. $19.95

Palliser Porter

Thur., Aug. 29

Beef Masala

Curry Plate

Vindaloo Chicken

Chico Light

Fri., Aug. 30

Cod Chowder

Pesto Chicken Salad Sandwich

Smoky Pork Chili

Regina Pale Ale

Sat., Aug. 31

Bushwakker

BLTCA

Steak & a Pint. $21.95

Sun., Sept. 1

Bushwakker

BLTCA

Steak & a Pint. $21.95

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.