THE WAKKER WEEKLY – Issue #1287 – Posted on: 28-Sep-2015

Bushwakker News

Our September wine features are from the Red Rooster Winery in BC: The red is Hen House Ruffled Red, a blend of Cabernet and Merlot. The white is Hen House Sly White, a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Semillon, Chardonnay and Orange Muscat.  Both are $7.95 for a glass and $22.95 for a half litre.

Our guest draught tap is currently pouring the Red Racer Maple Bacon Ale from Surrey, B.C. $7.50 for a pint. Next up is the Common (a California Common) from the Black Bridge Brewery in Swift Current.

After 25 years the Wakker Weekly is changing its editorial board, but slowly in order to provide continuity. Yours Truly (Bev Robertson) is still recommending material for each issue but it is being assembled by Bar and Promotions Manager Grant Frew and formatted by a member of the third generation of the family, Kristen Welisch.

We have a question for you. “Would you like to see more or longer beer articles with more use of “Read More” hotlinks, or not?” You can email your answer to or go to our facebook page.

Bushwakker ABEX Nomination

HELP! Yes, the Bushwakker is asking for your help. Last summer it was suggested to us that we might like to be a participant in the ABEX awards presented by the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce. A few award categories might have been relevant to us but we seemed best to fit into the “Cornerstone” category. That category relates to both our community involvement and our role in bringing change to our city and province.

We filed our application for the award and the Bushwakker has been selected as one of five finalists for the award. We are the only one from Regina. This is the only ABEX award for which the final decision is made based on popular vote!

If you would like to learn more about our history have a look at the information that we filed in applying for the award, at . You may think that you know a lot about us but you may not know about our roles in civic development, in initiating the original craft beer culture in Saskatchewan  and in nurturing it and in supporting various community organizations, from the University to single mothers. Voting started on September 24th.

To vote go to You can vote every day up until the day that the awards are presented, on October 24th.

So then if you would like to support us and your city, vote and vote often!

Bushwakker Events

Sept. 26:  CJTR Radiothon 2015 Kick-off Concert.  Radiothon is one of CJTR’s major fundraising events and it all kicks off at The Bushwakker. Come out and enjoy an evening of fine music while showing your support for Regina’s favourite community radio station. There is no admission charge at the door; however, donations to Radiothon will be gratefully accepted. Get more information on the week-long pledge drive by tuning in to 91.3FM CJTR or visiting Four local acts will provide the entertainment for the evening.  Ray Bell is a seasoned singer-songwriter and accomplished guitarist who has been entertaining audiences for decades. Bradford (Brad Papp and Mark Radford) present a varied repertoire that showcases their skillful guitar-playing and stellar vocal harmonies. Instrumentalists Ben Winoski and Jeff Storry will dazzle you with their dexterity on the guitar.  MYLA is a songwriter and vocalist that performs an array of musical styles; she will appear as an acoustic trio for this show. CJTR programmers, Dane Imrie (The Capital) and Ben Valiaho (Off-Stream) will be your emcees for the evening. 7:30 PM

Sept. 27: Riders vs. Montreal. Yet another rare Sunday Bushwakker business day. Kick-off is at 2:00 PM and we open at 11:00 AM. Be sure to drop by the Bushwakker and enjoy our Alouette Burger & a Pint feature before, during or after the game. Go Riders go!

Sept. 28: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. AZ Paris. Veteran blues duo returns for an encore performance. 8:00 PM.

Sept. 28 – Oct. 3: Bushwakker Oktoberfest Week. The official Oktoberfest celebration in Munich will still be going strong as the Bushwakker weeklong Oktoberfest celebration begins. Enjoy a unique German-themed meal special every day of the week as well as a pint of our Bushwakker brewed Oktoberfest lager, Harvest Lager. A selection of German bottled beers and a special order keg of Hofbrauhaus Oktoberfestbier imported from Munich, Germany will also be available. Prosit!

Sept. 30: Wednesday Night Folk. Billarney. Enjoy one of the largest acoustic Celtic acts to ever grace the Bushwakker stage. 9:00 PM.

Oct. 1: LB Distillers Tasting Event. Tickets now on sale! Enjoy an evening evaluating six products from Saskatoon’s Lucky Bastard Distillery. Some very innovative distillation products will be sampled including Hemp Hop Ale, Scotch Cream Ale, Chocolate Vanilla Porter, Naked Single Malt (Un-aged). An overview of the distillation process as well as a recounting of the distillery’s initial business name rejection in 2010 to their incredible growth they have achieved in 2015. Only 50 tickets will be made available. Only $20 each. 7:00 PM

Oct. 2: First Firkin Friday. We’ve seen quite a few “gushers” over the last few months. Don’t miss this longstanding Bushwakker tradition where on the first Friday of every month we present a special brew served in a firkin. The small keg is paraded around the pub in a procession lead by a piper from The Regina Police Services Pipes & Drums. A volunteer is selected to tap the firkin and that’s when things can get pretty wet and messy. Delicious, fresh beer and a suds-soaking spectacle awaits! 5:30 PM.

Oct. 3: Warehouse District Gastro-Brewfest. Taking place in the lot directly south of the Bushwakker. A brand new event celebrating culture, art and entertainment in the Warehouse District. Main event area will feature a beer garden featuring local brewers that call the Warehouse District home; a main stage with live entertainment featuring Regina bands, artists and dance groups. A kids area; participation/demo area. Plus great events, sales and promotions throughout the District. We will be there pouring a few Bushwakker brands as will fellow warehouse district brewers, Rebellion and District Brewing. A number of food trucks will also be at the site. Try pairing some of the craft beers with your favourite foods. Event runs from 11am – 9pm.

Beer trucks brewing in Surrey

Amy Reid, Surrey Now   Sep 10, 2015

SURREY — It’s likely you’ve eaten out of a food truck. But have you ever been served a beer from one?

When that day comes, know there’s a good chance it was made in Surrey.

Newton, to be exact.

Apollo Custom Manufacturing, on the corner of 128th Street and 80th Avenue, specializes in food trucks, and they’re not just making hot dog carts anymore.

Changes to B.C.’s liquor laws last year opened new doors for festival-goers and farmers’ market attendees to sip spirits.

Naturally, Apollo has jumped into the world of beverage trucks.

“Everybody, especially in craft breweries, they’re all scrambling for their market share and to be noticed. It’s started to get cluttered in the craft brewery market,” said Rob Mallory, sales and marketing manager for Apollo.

“You’ve got to differentiate. Red Truck Brewing has done it quite successfully. So we want to bring marketing opportunities to these companies and show them they can get their brand out there.

“It’s a natural extension,” he noted, particularly considering the liquor law changes.

In their shop is a fire truck being fitted to serve burgers, hot dogs and, yes, beer. They’re also fitting a classic truck with an Italian wood-fired pizza oven, and it will have wine and beer on tap.

That project is for Mission Springs, which has its own brewery.

Mallory said the company’s projects are getting more and more challenging, and it’s not just about beer. They’ve evolved from building typical cube vans to putting kitchens into all kinds of weird things.

“We’ve got sophisticated corporate people coming to us, and the mom and pops, and everyone in between,” he said.

“We’re getting requests for quotes on $34,000 pizza ovens. It’s really evolved from doing hot dogs on the corner to full-on restaurant, commercial quality kitchens.”

And they’ve completed some unique projects over the years, like a sushi truck and a New York waffle cart, putting a full kitchen inside a hot-pink Volkswagen van for Pig on the Street and transforming an old motorhome into a potato truck.

They’ve truly been doing it since before it was a thing. And now, they’re kicking things up a notch.

“We had a young chef from the Okanagan who wants to do catering specifically for the wineries and some of the higher-end establishments. But he wanted to stand out, so he brought us in a big silver Airstream. It looks like a trailer but it’s been dropped on a truck chassis,” said Mallory.

“It’s no longer just having a good product – you have to have something people remember. You might get a hamburger, but the thing is you’ll remember getting a hamburger from a fire truck.”

The food truck industry is showing no signs of slowing down, according to Mallory.

“It’s here to stay and it’s continuing to grow, especially here in Canada.

“It’s an industry now, it’s not just a trend,”

Asst. Editor’s note: While the food/beer specialty trucks aren’t showing up in Saskatchewan just quite yet, don’t miss a new Regina event where both fine craft beer and local food trucks will be present. The Warehouse District Gastro-Brewfest will offer beers from the area’s three operating craft breweries; The Bushwakker Brewpub, District Brewing and Rebellion Brewing, cuisine from a number of local food trucks and live dance performances and music featuring Saskatchewan talent. Sat. Oct. 3 from 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM in the south lot across from Bushwakker.

Get your Fresh Cron here folks!


Time Out: More Marriage Bliss

A young newlywed couple wanted to join a church. The pastor told them, “We have special requirements for new parishioners. You must abstain from having sex for two weeks.” The couple agreed and came back at the end of two weeks.

The pastor asked them, “Well, were you able to get through the two weeks without being intimate?”

“Pastor, I’m afraid we were not able to go without sex for the two weeks,” the young man replied.

“What happened?” inquired the pastor.

“My wife was reaching for a can of corn on the top shelf and dropped it. When she bent over to pick it up, I was overcome with lust and took advantage of her right there.”

“You understand, of course, that this means you will not be welcome in our church,” stated the pastor.

“That’s okay,” said the young man. “We’re not welcome at the grocery store anymore either.”

Weekend Seafood Feature: Breaded Fried Cod & Mango Habanero Fried Onion Sandwich $12.95 (Suggested Beer Pairing: Northern Lights Lager)

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., Sept. 25

Cream of Wild Mushroom

Pulled Pork on a Housemade Sweet Bun. $12.95

Roasted Ribeye w/ Yorkshire Pudding & Stuffed Potato w/ Chef’s Veg. $18.95

Sodbuster Brown Ale

All Weekend


Burger & a Pint. $16.95

Steak & a Pint. $17.95

Mon., Sept. 28

Bacon Leek

Fish Kaiser

Prime Rib Pretzel Bun w/ German Potato Salad

Regina Pale Ale

Tues., Sept. 29

Cream of Cauliflower

Sausage Pizza. $13.95

Chicken Roulade w/ Lemon Mustard Caper Butter Sauce & Potato Pancakes

Last Mountain Lager

Wed., Sept. 30

Swabian Potato

Corn Beef & Cabbage Bake

German Bangers & Mash w/ Harvest Lager Gravy & Autumn Veggies

Arctic Dark Lager

Thur., Oct. 1

Chicken Dumpling

Ham, Swiss & Asparagus Melt

Weinerschnitzel w/ Braised Red Cabbage & Spaetzle

Harvest Lager

Fri., Oct. 2

Beer Cheese

Sauerbraten Beef on Multigrain

Smoked Pork Hock & Sauerkraut w/ Potato Dumplings. $17.95

Stubblejumper Pilsner

Sat., Oct. 3


Bratwurst & Kraut w/ German Potato Salad

Steak & a Pint. $17.95