THE WAKKER WEEKLY – Issue #1307 – Posted on: 15-Feb-2016

Bushwakker News

Our premium red wine feature for February is Torres Infinite (tempranillo/cabernet sauvignon) from Spain. The white is Oyster Bay Pinot Grigio from New Zealand. Both are $8.50 for a glass and $24.95 for a half litre.

Our guest tap is currently pouring a Belgian-style Tripel; Marzyana, from Paddock Wood Brewery in Saskatoon;. $9.50 for a pint. Next up is Brettish Monkeys Russian Imperial Stout from the same brewery.

There are still bottles of the Bushwakker 25th anniversary ale available, The Revenge of the Tartan Tzar, for take home. This is the strongest beer ever produced in our history. A Russian Imperial Stout infused with Macallan 12 year old single malt scotch whisky. Bushwakker/Joe Fafard 25th anniversary commemorative t-shirts are now on sale.

We have received many requests to make our Bushwakker 25th Anniversary History video as well as our Best of First Firkin Friday video available for viewing. Both videos can be viewed simply by visiting our website homepage at

It was a great honour to learn The Bushwakker has been ranked as the Top Brewpub in Saskatchewan in 2015 by Congratulations to other notable 2015 Ratebeer craft beer winners including our friends at Paddock Wood Brewing in Saskatoon, Black Bridge Brewing in Swift Current and Rebellion Brewing just down the street from The Bushwakker! The future is bright for top quality craft beer in Saskatchewan!

New Bushwakker Seasonal Menu – Just released earlier this week!

February  – May 2016

Shrimp à la Longhi……………………………………….$12.95
Jumbo black tiger shrimp sautéed in butter and served on a house-made roasted garlic baguette with lemon caper butter sauce.

Flatbread Pizza…………………………………………….$14.95
Roasted Roma tomato sauce, prosciutto, spicy sausage, red onions and blue oyster mushrooms on a thin crust. Topped with fresh mozzarella and Parmigiano-Reggiano.

House-made gnocchi sautéed in brown butter, sage, thyme and blue oyster mushrooms. Topped with Parmigiano-Reggiano and served with roasted garlic baguette.

Chicken Marsala……………………………………………$17.95
Chicken scaloppini in a rich marsala blue oyster mushroom sauce served on a bed of herbed fettuccini. Topped with Parmigiano-Reggiano and served with roasted garlic baguette.

Portered Beef Balsamico……………………………$18.95
Beef tenderloin medallions marinated in Palliser Porter, rosemary and garlic, charbroiled and served with balsamic blue oyster mushroom sauce. Served over a bed of sautéed baby potatoes with prosciutto and zucchini and red pepper ribbons.

Light and fluffy deep fried “doh-knots” made to order and served with a trio of dessert sauces; salted caramel, strawberry and hazelnut chocolate.

Fresh Pasta Weekend Special
Fresh pasta made in house every weekend. Ask you server what Chef Mike and his kitchen team have prepared this weekend.

*The mushrooms used in the dishes on this seasonal menu are locally sourced from Stellar Gourmet Mushrooms in Balgonie, Saskatchewan.

Bushwakker Events

Feb. 12 and 13: THE REGINA ART COLLECTIVE – “PAINTING, POTTERY & A PINT” ART SHOW AND SALE. The Regina Art Collective is a group of 10 dedicated and talented artists who feel that as a group, they can better benefit the art community. They will present their première art show and sale in the Bushwakker Arizona Room. It will include a variety of original paintings photography, polymer clay, sculptural pieces, ceramics, pottery and mixed media.  Opening night is Friday, February 12 from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm. The show continues on Saturday, February 13 from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm.

Feb. 15: CLOSED FOR THE HOLIDAYHappy Family Day!

Feb. 17: Wednesday Night Folk. THE RYAN HICKS TRIO. Ryan brings the sunshine with a fun blend of covers and songs off his debut album, Prairie Ocean. 9:00 PM.

Feb. 22: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. Regina’s friendliest bluesman, Shane Reoch, has solidified his four-piece act called, TERRAPLANE. The band kicks off this year’s blues festival week. 8:00 PM.

Feb. 24: Wednesday Night Folk. New blues trio, HOODOO, make their Bushwakker debut as blues festival week continues. 9:00 PM.

Feb. 27: ANNUAL SATURDAY AFTERNOON FREE BLUES SHOWCASE. The biggest Bushwakker blues event of the year! Held in conjunction with the Regina Delta Blues Society and the 22nd Annual Mid-Winter Blues Festival, this year’s line-up of four talented blues acts includes: SHANE & ETHAN REOCH, AZ PARIS, MATT KAIP, and DAN SILLJER. The event MC will be Jeff “Redbeard” Corbett of 91.3 FM CJTR Regina Community Radio. Be sure to try a slice of Redbeard’s signature Chocolate-Chocolate Cheesecake. 1:00-5:00 PM.

Feb. 29: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. THE MINISTRY OF GROOVE. Popular act plays 1970’s jazz funk and beyond. 8:00 PM.

Beer Chick | Craft beer drinkers demand evolving tastes and the industry delivers

BY KRISTIN WEST     For The Surge

One of the things I love most about the craft beer world is the fact that it is ever-evolving. Unlike the mainstream giants like Budweiser and MillerCoors that stick to the same old song and dance, the craft beer community is ambitious and loves to try new things — and craft breweries are capable of moving in tandem with their customers developing palate. The ideas that if it wasn’t a lager, it was too extreme, or putting fruit in your beer, and only drinking what your father drank, those boundaries are now constantly being broken.

Not too long ago, the Gose style ale (pronounced goes-uh) was a forgotten style from a small region in Germany. It has very recently experienced a resurgence, riding along the coat-tails of sour style ales and their rise to popularity. A Gose style ale is traditionally a wheat beer brewed with coriander and salt, slightly soured with lactobacillus, with the result being tart and refreshing, typically highly carbonated and a low alcohol content. Locally, we were first introduced to the style with Westbrook Brewing’s (Mount Pleasant) Gose which became wildly popular because of its traditional, thirst-quenching feel and coriander forward flavor. Even throughout the United States, many breweries are tackling Gose’s unique flavor profile, all with their own delightful twists.

Sierra Nevada Brewing’s (Chico, Calif., and Mills River, N.C.) Otra Vez is one of the most recently available takes on the Gose style just hitting the shelves this January. They didn’t just brew a traditional Gose either. Otra Vez is brewed with the fruit of the prickly pear cactus and grapefruit to bring out even more complexity to the already tart beer. As far as the entire flavor experience “gose,” it’s a very satisfying experience. The first sip is crisp and mouth-watering. It starts out with subtle tartness and a sea salt tingle, and transitions to a watermelon-like flavor and finishes dry and clean. There is very little hop action to this brew but it’s there with a very slight floral aroma. It only reaches 4.5% abv, so it’s easy to see all the wonderful ways this brew can be enjoyed. I see it as an in-between for the big brews as a palate cleanser and a finisher when you want just one more! The exciting thing is that this ale isn’t just a seasonal or special release, It’s the newest beer to the added to Sierra Nevada’s permanent, year-round available beers so I can’t wait to bring it along for a trip to the beach!

A brew like Otra Vez entering a full, year-round release schedule reminds me that once upon a time, drinking a beer that featured fruit was considered a faux pas if you were serious about beer at all. The only time that the involvement of fruit was ever acceptable was when it was orange peel in a witbier or you were a “chick.” It was a thing you just did not do.  The way  palates  change  and  options  expand,  many craft brewers appear to grasp the fact that fruit isn’t just for girls and hops aren’t just for boys. Ballast Point Brewing (San Deigo, Calif.) had me at grapefruit over a year ago when they introduced the grapefruit version of their signature Sculpin IPA in our area. Sculpin itself is already a highly-acclaimed citrusy, big hoppy IPA, but the hops themselves are the creators of the citrusy flavors. With the addition of grapefruit, the sweet, tangy, and bitter sweetness was pushed max level. I didn’t even realize what they could possibly do next. I just learned Ballast Point has added a Pineapple Sculpin to their year-round line-up. I love grapefruit, but I really love pineapple. Unfortunately, I’ve yet to taste it, but I’m hoping it’s on its way to my glass soon. In addition, they’ve also released a Mango version of their session IPA Even Keel, and a Watermelon Dorado which is a double IPA.

Yes, I know that in past articles I’ve gone on these long-winded rants about women, fruit, and beer, but the truth is, it’s everyone who likes this stuff. That’s the reason why they keep pushing the envelope by brewing them. We, the craft beer drinkers, men and women alike, demand them. That’s part of the craft beer world’s beauty.

Time Out

A lawyer calls his largest client to his office for an important meeting. When he arrives, the lawyer says to the wealthy art collector client “I have some good news and some bad news”. The client grumbles “I’ve had an awful day. Tell me the good news”. “Your wife invested $5,000 in two pictures today. She believes they are worth at least $3 million”. “Well done!” the tycoon says with a big smile. “Good news indeed! You’ve made my day. So what’s the bad news?” “The two pictures are of you with your secretary”.

Our New Fresh Pasta Weekend Feature is Wild Boar Spaghetti & Meat Balls. $16.95 (Beer Pairing: Dungarvon Irish Red Ale).

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., Feb. 12

Cream of Wild Mushroom

Turkey & Roasted Red Pepper on Multigrain

Grilled Beef Tenderloin w/ Sweet Potato Gnocchi. $17.95

Sodbuster Brown Ale

Sat., Feb. 13


Smoked Salmon Croissant

Steak & a Pint. $17.95

Mon., Feb. 15


Happy Family Day!


Tues., Feb. 16

Beef & French Onion

Bacon Potato Pizza. $13.95

Battered Cajun Chicken w/ Tomato Creole Sauce & Red Beans

Chico IPA

Wed., Feb. 17

Potato Leek

Balsamic Beef Wrap

Pork Pot Pie

Last Mountain Lager

Thur., Feb. 18

Seafood Chowder

Crispy Pork Ciabatta

Calamari & Coconut Shrimp w/ Mango Curry Sauce


Fri., Feb. 19

Thai Pork

Mediterranean Chicken Focaccia

Chipotle Lime Beef Ribs. $16.95

Regina Pale Ale

Sat., Feb. 20



Steak & a Pint. $17.95