THE WAKKER WEEKLY – Issue #1276 – Posted on: 13-Jul-2015

Bushwakker News

Our July premium wines are from Australia. The red is The Forbidden Red from the Urban Myth Winery; $8.50 for a glass and $24.95 for a half litre. The white is McGuigan Black Label Moscato, $6.50 for a glass and $19.95 for a half litre.

Our guest draught tap is currently pouring the Saugatuck Neapolitan Milk Stout from Michigan. $9.50 pint. Yes, chocolate, vanilla and strawberry characteristics found here! Next up is the Stiegl Radler Grapefuit Lager from Austria.

The next beer in our single hop series beer is hopped with Zythos, a HopUnion (a hop provider) proprietary blend, but the same blend is used at all stages of the brewing process; lots of tropical, citric flavors and aromas.

For those who mourn the demotion of Sodbuster Brown Ale from its status as a “year-round” beer to “seasonal”, a brew of Sodbuster is working its way through the brewery. It’s already been fermented and is now in the conditioning stage.

Bushwakker Events

July 13: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. The Ministry of Groove. Popular act with horn section plays 1970’s jazz funk and beyond. 8:00 PM.

July 15: Wednesday Night Folk. Keith Dyck Duo. Lively Winnipeg folk act plays global country with rock and roll heart. 9:00 PM.

July 17: Riders vs. B.C. Lions. A Friday night home Rider game with a 8:00 PM kick off. The pub will be hoppin’ tonight! Be sure to join the Sea of Green before, during or after the game. Enjoy our Lion Burger & a Pint feature for only $16.95 and “devour” the competition! Go Riders!

July 20: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. Whiteboy Slim. Enjoy this award-winning Canadian blues artists joined by his amazing one-man rhythm section. 8:00 PM.

July 22: Wednesday Night Folk. Chad Kichula. Americana, roots, rock and folk from a honest to goodness workin’ man. 9:00 PM.

July 23: A Super Summer Specialty Stout Spectacular. Sold out!

July 26: Sunday Rider Home Game vs. Hamilton Ti-Cats. It’s not very often that The Bushwakker is open on a Sunday but for the second time this month, those popular Sunday Home Rider games make us the place to be before, during or after the big game. Enjoy our Tabby Burger & a Pintfeature for only $16.95. We’re open at 11:00 AM and kick off is at 5:00 PM.

July 27: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. Billy & Karen. Talented veteran blues and folk duo returns after a long Bushwakker hiatus. 8:00 PM.

July 29: Wednesday Night Folk. Jake Ian. Alberta’s country road troubadour plays a ragged combo of folk, blues and country. Encore performance. 9:00 PM.

July 31: August Long Weekend Keg Event. Receive free ice, cups, coasters and the loan of a keg chiller tub with the purchase of any one of our four sizes of kegs this summer long weekend. Perfect for any size gathering large or small.

How can you help?

At this writing Regina is home to well over a thousand evacuees from the fires in the north. That number is sure to grow. If you would like to help those affected by this, the Regina Chamber has issued the following appeal.

While it is difficult to say exactly when those evacuated will return home there are currently a number of needs for the people. The Salvation Army Thrift Stores in Regina located at 840 Albert Street and 1711 Dewdney Ave. E are accepting donations of; Shorts, T-shirts, Bathing suits, Sandals/flip-flops, Underwear.

If it would be more convenient for you to just drop off any of these items during a visit to the Bushwakker, we have set up a collection barrel in our front foyer. We will pass on all donations. In fact we’ve already taken a small truckload to the Sally Ann. If your donation will involve footwear, we ask that you put it in a bag.

HOOPS ON HOPS: How to care for, enjoy craft beer

By Dave Hoops,

Now’s a wonderful time to get out with your family or friends and visit one of Duluth’s many local craft breweries.

The simple definition of craft beer is: a beer made in a traditional or non-mechanized way by a small brewery. In Duluth, we’re blessed with the greatest brewing water in the world and a vibrant craft beer scene. My goal is to help you get the best experience out of your beer.

Beer has four enemies of flavor: light, air, heat and age. Each of these beer wreckers — all related to storage — has different flaws or taste characteristics.  Beers exposed to excessive light will often exhibit skunky notes. The best way to avoid this is buying beer in cans and pouring it into a glass. If your beer is in a bottle, keep it dark and cold.

Beers exposed to air will exhibit oxidized flavors — usually cardboard or papery notes. So, when you buy growlers from local brewers, always seal the cap as tightly as possible and make sure to drain the growler within two days. In other words, drink up!

Beers exposed to heat will exhibit staling notes. For every 10 degrees above 35 degrees that beer is stored, the aging process is doubled. The beer will lose its crisp flavor and grainy notes will crop up. Most beer is brewed to be consumed fresh.

Finally, the issue of age. Unless you’re purchasing a high gravity beer designed for aging — 10 percent alcohol or higher — the shelf life of the beer being truly great, with optimal freshness, is about a month.

Canned beer
Many beer drinkers still associate canned beer with old school macro-lagers that our parents drank. The truth is cans are the most stable, freshness-maintaining packaging for beer. The aluminum is coated inside, so no beer touches metal. Aluminum also happens to be an excellent temperature conductor, and the absence of light in the can ensures the best flavor possible.

Tasting beer
Craft brewers put incredible amounts of energy into the look, aromas and, of course, flavor of the beers we make.

To get the best experience, pour your beer into a clean glass, rousing it enough to gain a 1-inch head. At this point, bring the beer to your nose and inhale. Many hoppy beers will show citrus and tropical fruit aromas. Malty beers will show toffee, caramel, Malt-O-Meal and clean bready aromas.

At this point, take a look at the gold, amber, light brown or reddish-black hues. The pleasure sensors in your brain will be doing cartwheels in anticipation of the first draw. Drink deeply, and you will not be disappointed. It sounds simple, but without developing these habits and learning about off flavors and beer care, you may not always get the best beer you deserve.

Beer lingo
Next, let’s tackle the sometimes-intimidating subject of the beer geek verbiage.

• Ale: Ales are warm fermented beers usually brewed in less than a month that highlights character-driven flavors. Examples are IPAs (India Pale Ales), Stouts, Porters, Pale Ales, English, Scottish and Belgian beers.

• Lager: Lagers are cold fermented beers usually taking two to three months to ferment and age. These highlight soft, smooth and clean flavors. Examples are Macro beers, Pilseners, Helles Beers, Oktoberfests and German Beers.

• Hoppy: Hoppy beers showcase floral, fruity and bitter notes that balance and usually overshadow the malt notes. IPAs are the best example.

• Malty: Malty beers highlight bready, sweeter, smooth and clean notes. Brown ales are a great example.
Brewpub or microbrewery

Minnesota state law separates breweries in this way. A brewpub is a brewery connected to a restaurant. Brewpubs typically make many styles of beer that they serve at restaurants they own. The only way to take beer to go from these establishments is to buy a growler onsite at the brewpub.

Microbreweries are production facilities producing beer to be distributed to bars and liquor stores in cans, bottles and kegs. They usually have a tap room on site where tours are offered and where people visit to enjoy a pint. Microbreweries typically send their beer out of market to the Twin Cities and even out of state. Brewpubs only sell the beer they make in their home market.

Here’s to a great beer. Cheers.

Night and Day from space.

Time Out

A guy dials his home phone from work. A strange woman answers.
The guy says, “Who is this?”
This is the maid.”, answered the woman.
We don’t have a maid!”
I was just hired this morning by the lady of the house.”
Well, this is her husband. Is she there?”
Ummm …. she’s upstairs in the bedroom with someone who I just figured was her husband.”
The guy is fuming. He says to the maid, “Listen, would you like to make $50,000?”
What do I have to do?”
I want you to get my gun from my desk in the den and shoot that bitch and the jerk she is with.”
The maid puts down the phone. The guy hears footsteps, followed by two gunshots.
The maid comes back to the phone. “What should I do with the bodies?”
Throw them in the swimming pool!”
What?! There’s no pool here?”
Long pause… “Uh …. is this 832-4821?”

Weekend Seafood Feature: Seafood Bouillabaisse $16.95   (Suggested Beer Pairing: Summer Wheat)

Soup & Sandwich Special is $11.95.  All hot specials are $15.95, except where noted, and include a serving of soup du jour, chopped, or Caesar salad. 




Hot Special

Beer Pairing

Fri., July 10

Beef, Sausage & Bean

Ham & Swiss Croissant

Porter Ribeye Steak w/ Baby Potato & Green Beans. $16.95

Palliser Porter

Sat., July 11


Potato & Sausage Quiche

Steak & a Pint. $17.95

Mon., July 13

Mac & Cheese

Baked Pulled Pork Wrap

Stuffed Chicken w/ Duchess Potato & Chef’s Veg

Regina Pale Ale

Tues., July 14

Creamy Carrot & Ginger

Wild Boar Sausage Venetian. $13.95

Pan-Fried Pickerel w/ Wild Rice & Chef’s Veg

Northern Lights Lager

Wed., July 15


Beef Philly Melt

Beef Bordelaise

Palliser Porter

Thur., July 16

Cream of Celery


Jerk Pork Chops w/ Mango Chutney

Harbinger Maibock

Fri., July 17

Beef Barley

Cajun Chicken & Pecan Salad on Marble Rye

Burger & a Pint. $16.95

Sat., July 18


Breakfast Hash

Steak & a Pint. $17.95