THE WAKKER WEEKLY – Issue #1303 – Posted on: 18-Jan-2016

Bushwakker News

Our premium red wine feature for January is Yalumba Old Bush Vines Grenache from Australia; $9.95 for a glass and $27.95 for a half litre. The white is Kim Crawford East Coast Unoaked Chardonnay from New Zealand; $8.95 for a glass and $24.95 for a half litre.

Our guest tap is currently pouring Li’l Red Flanders Red Ale from Townsite Brewery in Powell River, BC. $9.50 for a pint. Next up is a Smoked Porter from Black Bridge Brewery in Swift Current.

You will notice that our Bushwakker logo appearing at the top of our Wakker Weekly newsletter has changed. We will be acknowledging our quarter century of service throughout 2016. Our big Bushwakker 25th Birthday and Robert Burns birthday celebration will be on January 23rd.

Bushwakker Events

Jan. 18: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. The Shane Reoch Band. Great blues from Regina’s friendliest bluesman. 8:00 PM.

Jan. 20: Wednesday Night Folk. The Neil Child Winter Singer/ Songwriter Showcase. Veteran Regina musician is joined by singer/songwriters; Regan Hinchcliffe, Trent Leggott, Katie Miller,
Darren Forbes, David Malloy, Mark Wilson, Matt Polsfut, Dillon McNabb 
and Aaron Wheeler. 9:00 PM.

Jan. 23: The Bushwakker 25th Anniversary Party. Get ready for the biggest birthday bash we have ever presented! Here’s a glimpse into what we are planning. The release of our commemorative Revenge of The Tartan Tzar Macallan 12-Year-old single malt scotch infused Russian Imperial Stout which has been aging for over a year, the tapping of a firkin of Highland Park infused MacGregor’s Wee Heavy, the unveiling of a 25th anniversary t-shirt designed and presented by renowned Saskatchewan artist, Joe Fafard, the presentation of a special Bushwakker poem composed by Saskatchewan author and playwright, Ken Mitchell, speeches and presentations, free haggis, neeps and birthday cake and rollicking Celtic reels from The Tilted Kilts. The dance floor will be open! Yes, we need to celebrate Robert Burns‘ birthday too. Highland dancing and a massive pipe and drum band will perform. Come join us and allow us to thank you for a quarter century of incredible enthusiasm and support!

Jan. 25: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. The Jeff Mertick Band. Regina bluesman, Jeff Mertick is back with his band of skilled musicians and their unique style of eclectic and original soul/blues tunes. 9:00 PM.

Jan. 27: Wednesday Night Folk. The Empire Associates. Regina indie band influenced by Mumford & Sons, The National, Dan Mangan, The Beatles, & Bob Dylan. 9:00 PM.

Jan. 29-30: The Bushwakker at Beer Bacon Bands Festival. The biggest and newest beer festival to the Queen City is back for a second year at The Conexus Arts Centre. Sample many of our province’s delicious craft beer offerings as well as beers from all across the country. Great live music performances too. Be sure to stop by the Bushwakker booth and see what head brewer, Mitch Dalrymple, has brewed up for you. 7:00 PM.

January Artist Bio

The Bushwakker Local Artist Wall will feature the works of Addy Maldonado for the month of January. Her husband, Cristian Barreno, who will be our May artist, skillfully hung all 20 pieces for her. Enjoy Addy’s work until February 6th. Her bio follows:

I was born and raised in Orizaba, Veracruz Mexico. Orizaba is a small city full of culture and history in Mexico. I am a Business Administration professional, but I have always had a passion for the fine arts and painting. I enjoy visiting different cities and checking out their museums, artists and music. By doing so I feel that my soul and heart get filled with energy and experience a sensation of growth. I started painting sometime in early 2012 thanks to the influence of my husband who is a painter as well. In my paintings I express my feelings for all that I love, my dreams, and my most beloved memories. I like using vibrant colors, which can be easily identified with my Mexican roots. My technique is the beauty that my eyes capture reflecting my soul right through my hands.

As Alberta oil plummets, alcohol climbs to priciest in Canada

By Michael Platt     January 3, 2016

The plummeting price of one liquid, versus the soaring cost of another.

That’s the story of Alberta, as 2016 begins: oil at a pitiful low, and the price of liquor once again leading the rest of Canada.

It’s the same for wine, beer and spirits — and it seems no matter what was compared at liquor stores across the country, Albertans are paying top dollar to imbibe, at a time when more citizens than ever are trying to save a buck on booze.

“Business was slow over Christmas in terms of special events and parties, but retail sales are up,” said John Dong, owner of Royal Liquor Merchants in Calgary.

“People are still drinking, but they’re finding it cheaper to drink at home.”

Relatively speaking, that is. When it comes to alcohol, Alberta is anything but cheap.

The science of this survey, as it goes, is unscientifically simple.

Check the same product at liquor outlets across Canada, and see who pays the most — and in Alberta, that means an average price gleaned from a handful of typical neighbourhood liquor outlets in Calgary and Edmonton, without accounting for specials and sales.

A dozen Molson Canadian bottles, for example, averages out to $29.54 in Alberta — as compared to $26.75 in neighbouring Saskatchewan, and $24.95 in the Yukon, with all taxes included.

If those prices seem in the same ballpark, consider that Saskatchewan and Yukon are the runners-up in this unfortunate race, and the real comparison is with Canada’s cheapest purveyors of plonk — which in the case of Canadian, is Quebec at $19.53, and New Brunswick at $21.99.

That means Albertans are paying $7.55 more per case than their cousins back in Oromocto, and Dong says we better get used to it.

“Prices will keep going up — they took a jump in October, thanks to the NDP, and now the U.S. dollar is making everything more expensive,” said Dong.

“You can expect prices will go up by another 10 to 20% over the next couple of months.” Save the tears — it isn’t just beer.

In Alberta, prices are set by the government and the warehouses supplying the booze, before the bottle ever reaches the merchant.

By the time the private corner liquor store places the product on the shelf, at a price that still allows for a profit, that same hooch has already been hiked to account for insurance, marketing, transportation and warehouse profit, plus federal taxes and a generous provincial mark-up as well.

Over the years, the combination has pushed Alberta’s private liquor system to among the most expensive in Canada — and now, in the midst of a serious recession, we are paying the most in the country to have a drink.

Spirits are supposed to be high, but in Alberta’s case, it’s getting ridiculous.

Crown Royal, a typical high-proof tipple, is selling for $35.20 here in Alberta, as compared to $26.87 in B.C., and an enviable $25.60 in the Yukon.

Only Newfoundland, at $30.28 for the same 750-ml bottle, comes close to the king’s ransom Alberta is charging for Crown Royal.

And then there’s wine.

The obvious pun is too obvious, but you can’t blame Albertans when a bottle of Mission Hill Five Vineyards Cabernet/Merlot is squeezing wallets in this province to the tune of $21.90, when Manitoba pays but $19.20 for the same grapes, and Ontario can purchase a bottle for $19.15.

It’s some solace that Alberta actually isn’t the most expensive, with the Yukon charging $22.72 — but Alberta does nearly tie with the top provinces, with Nova Scotia and PEI selling the Mission Hill wine for $21.99.

That’s a whole nine-cent savings for Albertans on wine, otherwise the trifecta of top provincial booze prices would be complete.

Dong says the high prices in this province have certainly started to wear on Albertans, and he expects the grumbling to grow louder.

“People are not happy about the taxes,” he said.

Booze Prices in Canada, including taxes:

Molson Canadian, 12 bottles:
AB: $29.54                                          ONT: $24.30
NFLD: $24.99                                     MAN: $23.42
NS: $24.79                                          SK: $26.75
NB: $21.99                                          BC: $22.16
PEI: $24.99                                         YK*: $24.95
PQ: $19.53

Crown Royal rye whisky, 750 ml:
AB: $35.20                                         ONT: $28.95
NFLD: $30.28                                    MAN: $29.99
NS: $29,99                                         SK: $28.98
NB: $29.99                                         BC: $26.87
PEI: $29.49                                        YK*: $25.60
PQ: $28.95

Mission Hill-Five Vineyards wine 750ml:
AB: $21.90                                        ONT: $19.15
NFLD: $21.29                                   MAN: $19.20
NS: $21.99                                         SK: $19.99
NB: $20.49                                        BC: $19.92
PEI: $21.99                                       YK*: $22.72
PQ: $19.25

*Northwest Territories prices unavailable

Time Out

A retired man who volunteers to entertain patients in nursing homes and hospitals went to one local hospital in Inverness and took his portable keyboard along. He told some jokes and sang some funny songs at patients’ bedsides. When he finished he said, in farewell “I hope you get better”. One elderly gentleman replied “I hope you get better, too”.

Now that they are retired, my mother and father are discussing all aspects of their future. “What will you do if I die before you do?” dad asked mum. After some thought, she said that she’d probably look for a house-sharing situation with three other single or widowed women who might be a little younger than herself, since she is so active for her age. Then mum asked dad “What will you do if I die first?” He replied “Probably the same thing”.

Our Weekend Special is a Prime Rib & Giant Yorkie Dinner (available in two sizes)

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., Jan. 15

Washington Chowder

Dagwood on Multigrain

Roast Leg of Lamb w/ Lemon Potato & Chef’s Veg. $16.95

Sodbuster Brown Ale

Sat., Jan. 16


Hot Turkey

Steak & a Pint. $17.95

Mon., Jan. 18

Cream of Mushroom

Monte Cristo

Blackened New York Surf & Turf

Chinook ESB

Tues., Jan. 19

Chicken Noodle

BBQ Chicken Pizza. $13.95

Risotto Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Regina Pale Ale

Wed., Jan. 20

Beef & Potato

Meatball Sub

Chorizo Penne

Chico IPA

Thur., Jan. 21

Sausage & Cabbage

Southwest Chicken Quesadilla

Korean Fried Chicken

Dungarvon Irish Red Ale

Fri., Jan. 22

Split Yellow Pea

Naan Wrap

Dr. Pepper Ribs w/ Baked Beans

Sodbuster Brown Ale

Sat., Jan. 23

Scotch Broth

Smoked Salmon Croissant

Steak & a Pint. $17.95