ELDERSLEY, SK – As the end of the first year in a decade approaches the province of Saskatchewan has seen significant changes. This is especially true in the bizarre year of 2020 between the global pandemic and political turmoil both here and abroad. However, reports have indicated that SK residents are taking comfort in the fact that one thing has remained constant in an ever-changing landscape: the use of a case of beer as both currency and a unit of time in Saskatchewan.
“No matter what happens, I know that I can still give my buddy Gary a case of Boh for helping me weld my boat trailer or letting me shoot a moose on his land,” said local Barry Hill (44). Reports from across the province also suggest that the trading of beer for goods and services is one of the only bartering systems that has survived for over a century in Saskatchewan. It is also estimated that many farmers would not have been able to survive the Great Depression if not for the ability to trade crates of beer in the place of money.
These same reports also suggest that it was during this time that beer began as a unit of time. “Most experts believe this phenomena began when husbands would frequently call their wives from the bar while watching the ponies and let them know that they would be home after only two or three more beers,” said Lisa Dawson, a historian from the University of Saskatchewan. Ms. Dawson wished that she could have stayed longer for an interview, but informed The Pot Hole that she only had one beer’s time before she had to go to another meeting.