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Grant Frew pours a glass of Bushwakker's blackberry mead from the tap. Due to higher production this year, Bushwakker says the mead should last them until the holidays. - Photo by Alyssa McDonald, Metro Regina
Grant Frew pours a glass of Bushwakker's blackberry mead from the tap. Due to higher production this year, Bushwakker says the mead should last them until the holidays. - Photo by Alyssa McDonald, Metro Regina

Regina’s Bushwakker mead a true holiday treat

By JAMES ROMANOW,
The StarPhoenix
November 26, 2014 8:25 AM

Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada – On the first Saturday of December every year, Bushwakker Brew Pub in Regina releases one batch of blackberry mead. The release marks the beginning of Advent, currently a Christian festival but one that has roots way back. Virtually all agrarian societies had a harvest festival and then a couple of weeks later celebrated the day when grape juice became wine. If you’re pagan, think of Bushwakker as helping to keep the heathen fires lit. If you’re a Christian, think of it as bringing light into the world. Take your pick.Whatever the theology, the release of the Bushwakker mead is a great way to start your party season. They sell about 6,000 bottles and keep enough on tap to hit New Year’s Eve, God willing and the blizzard don’t blow.

More than a few people camp and party outside on the Friday before the release to ensure their fair share.

This is the only mead Bushwakker makes all year. Most brewers do not make mead because the yeast is a serious Darwinian beast, which, once loose in your brewery, takes over completely. Bushwakker has so far managed to keep the killer yeast contained, no small tribute to their brewery hygiene.

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