December 2, 2011 - 11:43amUpdated: December 3, 2011 - 11:17am
Bushwakkers customers line up for mead in Regina on Dec. 3, 2011. Karin Yeske/News Talk Radio
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As the temperature drops in Regina, the competition is heating up at the annual mead line for Bushwakkers' blackberry brew.
As of 9:30 a.m., the line was full of customers all the way down Cornwall Street, north of the brewpub, and rounding the corner west on 8th Avenue. The first in line says he got there shortly after 3 a.m.
(Scroll down to watch a video of the line Saturday morning).
Bushwakkers Brewpub is handing out tickets to the first 464 customers who are waiting in line for the fermented honey.
Mitch Dalrymple is the master brewer and says back in the 90s, they brewed just two tanks.
(Scroll down to watch a video about the brewing process).
“Now we’re up to 10 tanks and that will probably grow next year as well,” he said.
On Saturday, more than 500 dozen bottles go on sale starting at 11 a.m. Last year people lined up about six hours early and the bottles were gone in just over an hour.
Dalrymple says "people go wild for it" and the same goes for inside.
“It went on tap on the Saturday and it was gone the following Friday night.”
Dalrymple says they've upped the tanks and downsized the limit inside the pub to help extend the supply. Customers will now be limited to two half-pints each, which are $8.95 each. He says the a six-pack of 650-millilitre bottles is $65 and $130 for a dozen, with a limit of 12 bottles per person.
Dalrymple admits he doesn't know where the magic comes in.
"I think some of it has to do with just putting out a good quality product. But a lot of it has to do with everybody coming home for Christmas,"