Mead connoisseurs and BlackBerry enthusiasts alike can gather outside Bushwhacker brewery On December 4th for the return of what some call “the nectar of the gods”.
The oldest brewery in Regina is bringing back Christmas traditions. Mead Day, which falls on the first Saturday in December every year, is already creating a local buzz.
“Well, it’s definitely our official kick-off for the holiday season. When we first introduced the mead about 30 years ago, no one had heard of it, no one really cared, but when we got to the community and had the opportunity for people to try it out, they definitely fell in love with it,” he said. Bar and Marketing Director Grant Frue.
The brewery first opened its doors in 1991 and has since gained a reputation for its services. Mead itself is different from beer or wine.
“It predates both,” Fro says. “And being made with honey – oops – a lot of people would say they got a different kind of buzz.”
The drink comes with 10 percent alcohol. Each batch the brewery makes starts with 400 pounds of honey and 84 pounds of blackberries.
“It really is a delicious festive treat,” Frew said.
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The yeast used in the drink is very strong. It eats up all the sugar in the drink, leaving it with a drier taste.
It’s a monster that ferments very slowly. “We started making the drink very early in the year, and we work all year round to make it,” Frew said.
Bottled pre-orders are now closed, but Frew says some customers like to stand outside the brewery for the feel.
“I hear from a lot of our customers saying they’ve been standing in the Mead Line for so many years that that’s really part of the Christmas tradition too.”
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