THE WAKKER WEEKLY
Issue #1557 – Posted on: 30-November-2020
BREWERY “HOP”PENINGS! Bushwakker Head brewer, Michael Gaetz, reports our seasonally available Ponce de Leon Blackberry Raspberry Ale, Premium Pale Ale and Chinook ESB are currently on tap. There are also batches of Orangerine (Orange & Tangerine) Ale and Blackberry Mead (which will be released on Saturday, December 5th but bottles are already available to pre-purchase on our website for curbside pick-up or take-out) working their way through the brewery.
BUSHWAKKER MEAD DAY 2020 is next Saturday, December 5th! Thank you to the many folks who have taken advantage of this year’s new service and have already pre-purchased our famous Blackberry Mead on-line. You can pre-purchase your mead bottles, “Bee Safe” mead masks, “Bee Safe” mead t-shirts and mead cheesecake by visiting the BUY MEAD section of our website found at https://bushwakker.com/shop/Choose from one of the many 30 minute time slots available and select if you would like curbside pickup at our back door or if you would like to come in through our back doors to pick it up yourself. We have a smaller supply of mead this year because our brewery was shut down for a number of months so order yours today to avoid disappointment!
Our NOVEMBER PREMIUM WINE FEATURES are from Chile. The red is Clos de Luz Arao Carmenere Blend. $8.95 for a glass and $23.95 for a half litre. The white is De Gras Reserva Fume Blanc. $7.95 for a glass and $21.95 for a half litre.
This weekend’s Special Dining Feature for November 27th & 28th is a GREEK PLATTER for $18.95. 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!
We had a great time with @prairiebeardedchef Josh Miller last week! Cheryl got to show him why our Beer Battered Fish & Chips are so darn popular! Josh also got a sneak sampling of our 2020 Blackberry Mead which is now available for advance online purchase at https://bushwakker.com/shop/for those looking for a safe mead experience this year. Look for Josh’s videos on the Tourism Regina website soon!
BUSHWAKKER “NEW NORMAL” NOTES
Our Hours of Operation are Monday to Thursday from 11:30 AM until 9:00 PM and the kitchen closes at 8:00 PM. Fridays and Saturdays we open at 11:00 AM and close at 10:00 PM. Kitchen closes at 9:00 PM. We are still closed on Sundays at this time. Our takeout food and beer services will continue to be made available.
Reservations are accepted and encouraged. We accept reservations as late as 6:00 PM from Monday to Saturday. 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!
Bushwakker supervisors, Shayla and Cole, recently took park in a commercial now being aired locally. Big shout out to the Regina Chamber of Commerce for raising awareness of the current needs found in the hospitality industry. Thank you for supporting local independent Regina businesses during these challenging times everyone!
By Ansley Hill
Mead is a fermented beverage traditionally made from honey, water and a yeast or bacterial culture. Sometimes called “the drink of the gods,” mead has been cultivated and consumed across the world for thousands of years. This article explores mead and its possible benefits and pitfalls.
What Is Mead?
Mead, or “honey wine,” is an alcoholic beverage made by fermenting honey. It’s one of the oldest alcoholic beverages ever made, as it was consumed as far back as 4,000 years. Interestingly, mead was common across ancient cultures around the world including those in Asia, Europe and Africa. Though similar to beer, wine or cider, mead occupies a beverage category on its own since its primary fermentable sugar is honey. All you need to make basic mead is honey, water and a yeast or bacterial culture. However, ingredients such as fruits, herbs, spices, grains, roots and flowers are often included as well. Mead’s alcohol content varies but is typically around 5–20%. Its flavor profile ranges from very sweet to very dry, and it’s available in both sparkling and still versions.
Does Science Support Suggested Health Benefits?
In ancient cultures, mead was associated with good health and vitality. In Greek mythology, it was often referred to as “the drink of the gods” and allegedly given to warriors after a fight to enhance healing of their battle injuries. Today, many still believe that drinking mead benefits your health and that the drink has healing properties. However, there is limited evidence supporting these claims. Most modern health claims related to drinking mead are centered around the honey from which the drink is made and the probiotic content it’s presumed to have as a result of the fermentation process.
Therapeutic Benefits of Honey
Honey has been used for its culinary and therapeutic applications for centuries. Research indicates that honey has strong antioxidant and antimicrobial properties, both of which have driven its use in ancient and modern medicine to treat a variety of physical ailments. Today it’s frequently used as a topical treatment for skin wounds and infections, or consumed orally to soothe a cough or sore throat. Some claim that because mead is made from honey, it possesses the same medicinal properties. Yet, there is no significant evidence to support this notion. As of now, it remains unclear if fermented honey has the same therapeutic properties as unfermented honey.
TIME OUT – Auto Mechanic School
A gynecologist who had lost interest in his medical practice decided to change careers and enrolled in auto mechanic school.
He performed well in the course but was still shocked when he got an off-the-chart 200 on his final exam. He asked the instructor to explain the grade.
“I gave you 50 points for taking the engine apart correctly,” the teacher said, “50 points for putting it back together correctly — and an extra 100 points for doing it all through the muffler.”
Although many folks are pre-ordering their Bushwakker Blackberry Mead Face Masks for pick up on our December 5th Mead Day, our new green and white masks are now in stock and available for immediate purchase.