THE WAKKER WEEKLY
Issue #1552 – Posted on: 26-October-2020
BREWERY “HOP”PENINGS! Bushwakker Head brewer, Michael Gaetz, reports our seasonally available Great Pumpkin Spiced Brown Ale, Upendi Pineapple Passion Fruit Ale, Fleck’s Czech Dark Lager (aged for an incredible eight months), Premium Pale Ale and Two Sons Milk Stout are currently on tap. There are also batches of Chinook ESB and Blackberry Mead working their way through the brewery.
The 2020 edition of our GREAT PUMPKIN SPICED BROWN ALE was released last Friday. Only 200 pints available this year. Enjoy while quantities last!
Our OCTOBER PREMIUM WINE FEATURES are from Spain. The red is Las Hermanas Monastrell which is both organic and vegan. The white is Gerberas Macabeo. Both are $7.95 for a glass and $21.95 for a half litre.
In acknowledgement of the final proposed regular season home game, this weekend’s Special Dining Feature for October 23rd & 24th is a decadent TABBY BURGER & A PINT for $19.95. Come “devour” the competition! Our Saturday CLASSIC STEAK & A PINT SPECIAL for $21.95 will also be available.
In addition to taking our beer home in glass bottles, 2 litre jugs and growler fills direct from our pub, you can find a varying selection of 650 ml bottles of Bushwakker beer in ALL SIX REGINA SLGA stores, as well as METRO LIQUOR REGINA.
BUSHWAKKER GIFT CARDS are available in $25, $50 and $100 denominations. Give us a call at 306-359-7276 or stop by to get yours. They work very well with all dine-in or takeout food and craft beer desires!
Our final proposed regular 2020 season gourmet Burger & a Pint Special will be offered on October 23rd and 24th. The late Bushwakker co-founder & president, Bev Robertson, always humourously referred to this one as our TABBY BURGER & A PINT! Enjoy for only $19.95.
The Bushwakker has won the award for being the “Best Pub to Argue About Politics” on more than one occasion. We were delighted to serve as host venue where Global News Regina personality, Colton Praill, sat down with three provincial party leaders for a relaxed discussion on a number of top-of-mind topics.
MEAD MASK CONTEST! Bushwakker Mead Day 2020 is still a go and will take place on the first weekend in December. This year’s contest involves you creating a catchy slogan which will appear with Strath”bee” the Bushwakker Mead Bee on commemorative edition Blackberry Mead MASKS! The printing area on a mask is smaller so keep those slogans short and sweet like honey! Submit your slogans to bushwakker.com/mead2020
Enter as many times as you wish. Deadline for entries is Wednesday, October 28th at 11:59 PM. The winner will receive a special Blackberry Mead Package. Don’t delay and enter today!
BUSHWAKKER “NEW NORMAL” NOTES
Our weekend hours of operation will be changing beginning on Friday, October 2nd. Fridays and Saturdays we will open earlier at 11:00 AM and close later at 10:00 PM. Kitchen will close at 9:00 PM. Our Monday to Thursday hours remain unchanged and are 11:30 AM until 9:00 PM and the kitchen closes at 8:00 PM. We are still closed on Sundays at this time. Our takeout food and beer services will continue to be made available.
Please remember that reservations are accepted and are encouraged as late as 6:00 PM any day so give us a call at 306-359-7276 to secure your table. Please note under current guidelines the maximum number of people who can be seated at the same table is limited to six. Larger reservations must occupy more than one table and maintain physical distancing between each table.
Please continue to practice safe health and social distancing practices. Remain connected to one another and to us! In addition to this weekly newsletter, we are very active on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Check-in with us often as we navigate these continually evolving times together. Try to support local businesses whenever possible. Be vigilant in your resolve to protect yourselves which in turn will protect others. Please don’t let your guard DOWN so the province can continue to open UP! Bring on Phase 5!
Winners of 2020 Great American Beer Festival Competition Revealed During First-Ever Virtual Ceremony
272 medals awarded to 240 breweries in world’s most prestigious professional beer competition
Boulder, Colo. • October 2020 — The Brewers Association (BA) awarded 272 medals* to 240 breweries across the country during the 2020 Great American Beer Festival (GABF) competition awards ceremony. The best beers in 91 beer categories covering 170 different beer styles (including all subcategories) were awarded gold, silver, and bronze medals during a virtual ceremony hosted on The Brewing Network.
Judges for the 34th edition of the celebrated competition evaluated 8,806 entries from 1,720 breweries from all 50 states plus Washington, D.C. Socially distanced judging took place in 35 sessions over 18 days with strict safety measures in place. The awards ceremony was held virtually on Friday evening, kicking off the two-day online programming portion of the Great American Beer Festival.
“This year’s GABF competition may have looked a little different, but the beers entered into the competition were as impressive and innovative as ever,” said Chris Swersey, competition manager, Great American Beer Festival. “This has arguably been one of the most challenging years breweries have ever faced, so we hope these awards serve as a symbol not only of brewing excellence but also the resiliency of the craft brewing community as a whole.”
GABF Competition Statistics
- 34th edition of the GABF competition
- 8,806 beers judged
- 1,720 breweries in the competition from all 50 states plus Washington, D.C.
- 115 judges from 21 states
- Average number of competition beers entered in each category: 97
- Category with the highest number of entries: Juicy or Hazy India Pale Ale (377)
- 272 total medals awarded
- 240 medal-winning breweries
- 337 first-time GABF entrants
- 19 first-time GABF winners
Most-Entered Style Categories
The winners of the top five most-entered categories were:
Category 58: Juicy or Hazy India Pale Ale (377 entries) – Sponsored by The Cincinnati Insurance Companies
GOLD: Spellbinder, Wren House Brewing Co., Phoenix, AZ
SILVER: Yojo, Moonraker Brewing Co., Auburn, CA
BRONZE: Wicked Pawesome, Metazoa Brewing Co. – Stringtown Production Facility, Indianapolis, IN
Category 57: American Style India Pale Ale (355 entries) – Sponsored by The Ardagh Group
GOLD: IPA, Perry Street Brewing, Spokane, WA
SILVER: Updrift India Pale Ale, Pelican Brewing Co. – Tillamook, Tillamook, OR
BRONZE: Nothing Noble, Von Ebert Brewing – Pearl, Portland, OR
Category 39: German Style Pilsener (200 entries) – Sponsored by Micro Matic
GOLD: Sprockets, Gravely Brewing Co., Louisville, KY
SILVER: Prost Pils, Prost Brewing Co., Denver, CO
BRONZE: Pils, Kansas City Bier Co., Kansas City, MO
Category 28: Wood & Barrel-Aged Strong Stout (199 entries) – Sponsored by BeerHole
GOLD: A Night to End All Dawns, Kane Brewing Co., Ocean, NJ
SILVER: Ruckus, Melvin Brewing – Thai Me Up, Jackson, WY
BRONZE: Grasp of Oak, Moksa Brewing Co., Rocklin, CA
Category 60: Juicy or Hazy Imperial India Pale Ale (192 entries) – Sponsored by The Alison Group
GOLD: The Hopsplainer, Burke-Gilman Brewing Co., Seattle, WA
SILVER: Not A Scientist, Cloudburst Brewing, Seattle, WA
BRONZE: Sugar on My Tongue, Highland Park Brewery, Los Angeles, CA
Most Medaled Breweries
The most medals won by individual breweries included:
Sun King Brewery – Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN – 4 medals
GOLD – Afternoon Delight, Category 26 – Wood- and Barrel-Aged Beer
BRONZE – Cherry Busey, Category 30 – Fruited Wood- and Barrel-Aged Sour Beer
BRONZE – Pachanga, Category 34 – Light Lager
BRONZE – Sunlight Cream Ale, Category 49 – Golden or Blonde Ale
Cannonball Creek Brewing Co., Golden, CO – 3 medals
GOLD – Featherweight Pale Ale, Category 53 – American-Style Pale Ale
BRONZE – Vladimir Brutin, Category 18 – Experimental India Pale Ale
BRONZE – Let’s Talk About Mex, Category 37 – American-Style Cream Ale
Chuckanut Brewery – North Nut, Bellingham, WA – 3 medals
GOLD – Chuckanut Maibock, Category 47 – Bock
SILVER – Chuckanut Chuck Lite, Category 34 – Light Lager
BRONZE – Chuckanut Rye, Category 12 – Rye Beer
Riip Beer Co., Huntington Beach, CA – 3 medals
GOLD – Tangible Passion, Category 82 – Belgian-Style Specialty Ale
SILVER – The Riizzo, Category 10 – Coffee Stout or Porter
SILVER – Black the Riipper, Category 69 – American-Style Black Ale or American-Style Stout
- 23 individual breweries won 2 medals
- 213 individual breweries won 1 medal
My wife and I went to the County Agricultural Show and one of the first exhibits we stopped at was the breeding bulls. We went up to the first pen and there was a sign attached that said:
THIS BULL MATED 50 TIMES LAST YEAR
My wife playfully nudged me in the ribs ….. Smiled and said, “He mated 50 times last year, that’s almost once a week”.
We walked to the second pen which had a sign attached that said:
THIS BULL MATED 150 TIMES LAST YEAR
My wife gave me a healthy jab and said, “WOW~~That’s more than twice a week! ………. You could learn a lot from him”.
We walked to the third pen and it had a sign attached that said:
THIS BULL MATED 365 TIMES LAST YEAR
My wife was so excited that her elbow nearly broke my ribs, and said, “That’s once a day .. You could REALLY learn something from this one”.
I looked at her and said, “Go over and ask him if it was with the same cow”.
My condition has been upgraded from critical to stable and the doctors say I should eventually make a full recovery.