THE WAKKER WEEKLY – Issue #1320 – Posted on: 16-May-2016


Our May premium wine features are both VQA wines from British Columbia. The red is Conviction Dreamers & Schemers (Merlot/Cabernet Franc) and the white is Conviction Movers & Shakers (Gewurztraminer/Sovereign Opal.) Both are $7.95 for a glass and $22.95 for a half litre.

Our guest tap is currently pouring a brand new seasonal offering from Nokomis Craft Ales, a Smoked Amber Ale. Following that we have the new Folklore Imperial Stout from Black Bridge Brewery in Swift Current.

The Bushwakker is now OPEN ON SUNDAYS from Noon to Nine. Enjoy our Sunday Steak & a Pint feature. Lots of folks coming in for growler fills with smiles on their faces!

The Bushwakker was recently recognized in The Parks Canada CEO Awards of Excellence. We have been nominated in the Facilitating Memorable Visitor Experiences category for our involvement with the Regina Symphony Orchestra’s Symphony Under The Sky and Grand Threshing Dayevent at the Motherwell Homestead. Only 40 organizations from across the country receive this nomination each year. We were asked by Parks Canada to brew a commemorative beer incorporating the historic Red Fife Wheat. The Bushwakker Motherwell Red Fife Witbier was unveiled last August at The Motherwell Homestead complete with a firkin tapping by a direct descendent of William Motherwell. Thousands of people were in attendence and the beer sold out in just a few hours. Plans are already underway to brew another commemorative batch which will be unveiled at the Motherwell Homestead location on Saturday, August 27, 2016.

Bushwakker Local Artist Wall May Artist – Cristian Barreno

Cristian is an Indigenous Mayan from Guatemala who moved to Regina in the summer of 2002. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Regina. He paints part time and works full time as a Community Consultant at Art and Cultural Heritage for the City of Regina. From the time he was a student and now as a professional, Cristian has always followed his passion for the visual arts. The acrylic and oil paintings he creates are mostly inspired by the multicultural environment he has been exposed to most his life. He has exhibited his paintings in various parts of Regina, and some of his work is now part of the art collection of the First Nations University of Canada. He married Adriana from Veracruz, Mexico. Adriana is also a visual artist and her cultural heritage has inspired some of Cristian’s latest works. Throughout the years, Cristian has  collaborated with other artists and organizations in the city to promote creativity and celebrate art in the Queen City.


May 16: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. WHITEBOY SLIM. Veteran blues musician combines traditional and current sounds to create genuinely modern music. 8:00 PM.

May 18: Wednesday Night Folk Night – Special EditionKATIE MILLER. Saskatchewan singer songwriter Katie Miller will be throwing a CD Release Party at tonight’s show for her newly released contemporary folk-rock album, “A New Day.” 9:00 PM.

May 19: HEALTH SCIENCES PUB: GOOD FOR WHAT “ALES” YOU! The second presentation from a group of health science researchers at the University of Regina. Join us in the Bushwakker Arizona Room at 7:00 PM. Only 50 seats will be made available. No cover charge. The room opens at 5:00 PM so come down early in order to get a good seat and perhaps a meal before the presentation. This month’s lecture is entitled, Your Aging Brain: Why We Forget What We Are Talking About. Ever wonder why we tend to forget as get older?  We often brush it off, not realizing the implications this can have on our daily health and everyday lives. In this talk Dr. Buttigieg and Dr. Novik discuss their research on the aging brain and implications from both the basic biomedical perspective and the social health perspective. Dr. Buttigieg is a neurophysiologist at the U of R. As a researcher, he is interested in what happens when the brain is damaged (eg. stroke and traumatic brain injury) and how we can use stem cells to repair the damage. Various diseases such as stroke initiate a series of events that eventually lead to cognitive impairment. What’s even more scary is that most people don’t realize they even had a stroke. Dr. Novik is with the Faculty of Social Work at the U of R, and is a member of Saskatchewan Population Health and Evaluation Research Unit (SPHERU). This large SPHERU research team includes researchers from both U of R and U of S. Dr. Novik will discuss findings from an extensive team research program focusing upon rural healthy aging in place. In addition, she will discuss the results of her own research with older adults which specifically examines the impacts of social isolation on both the cognitive health and mental health of seniors.

May 20: ANNUAL SCREAMIN’ MOSQUITO CHILI BEER RELEASE. Our hot pepper-infused blond ale also makes its annual return this weekend. We have partnered with local businessman, Tony Matharu at the India Food Centre in Regina to provide a selection of fresh spicy peppers that will showcase their unique flavours in addition to varying degrees of heat. The first pepper offering will be the hottest of the season and was last year’s most popular offering – the Scotch Bonnet! Hurts so good!

Tony Matharu of the India Food Centre selected the Scotch Bonnet peppers used in the 
inaugural 2016 Bushwakker Screamin’ Mosquito Chili Beer

May 20, 21 & 22: MAY LONG WEEKEND KEG EVENT. What better way to celebrate the year’s first warm long weekend than with a Bushwakker keg? Receive free ice, cups, coasters and the use of a keg chiller tub with any May long weekend keg order. Four sizes of kegs are available for any gathering big or small.

May 21: THE POET LAUREATE’S POETRY & A PINT PRESENTATION. The Saskatchewan Poet Laureate Program was the first provincial program of its kind in Canada. The Saskatchewan Arts Board, Saskatchewan Book Awards, and the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild are partners in the program, which is under the patronage of the Lieutenant Governor, Her Honour the Honourable Vaughn Solomon Schofield. Enjoy a Saturday afternoon of poetry readings from some of Regina and area’s established and up-and-coming writers including: Eric Greenway, Shelley Banks, Courtney Bates-Hardy, Brenda. Niskala and Coby Stephenson. Hosted by Gerald Hill, Poet Laureate of Saskatchewan. 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

May 23: CLOSED ON VICTORIA DAY. Enjoy your Victoria Day with family and friends and take advantage of our May Long Weekend Keg promotion.

May 25: Wednesday Night Folk – Special EditionREGINA WOMEN IN SONG. This popular music event returns showcasing some of Regina’s up-and-coming female artists. This year’s line-up includes; Holly Noir, Eden the Cat and Bushwakker bartender/server, Lexy Desjarlais. 9:00 PM.

May 26: THE 14th ANNUAL SOUL SISTERS BENEFIT DINNER & CONCERT. Presented by The Room Hair Design. Don’t miss this very popular annual fundraiser event. Your ticket gets you a famous Bushwakker Burger, hand cut fries, Caesar salad and a half pint of Bushwakker beer. You can also take in the massive silent auction, raffles and 50/50 draws. Enjoy live music performances from Saskatchewan artists, Poor Nameless Boy and Zero Fox. There will also be entertainment provided by local comedians. Proceeds go towards YWCA programs for women and children. Tickets available at the YWCA & The Room.

May 30: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. THE MINISTRY OF GROOVE. Popular act plays 1970’s jazz funk and more. Love that horn section! 8:00 PM.

May 30: New Bushwakker Full Menu Release

Sam Calagione on The Future of Craft Beer

By Emma Janzen 

Since catching the homebrew bug in the early 1990s Dogfish Head founder and president Sam Calagione has long been one of craft beer’s most compelling champions. Always at the forefront of innovation, Calagione has helped bring flavorful, intriguing small-batch brews to the public as seeds of a microbrewery movement bloomed into a full-blown craft beer renaissance. Janzen spoke with him to get his thoughts on where beer goes from here.

On growth: The craft beer industry is going to continue to grow over the coming years, because as ubiquitous as craft beer seems, we have to realize it’s still only got about 12% of the overall U.S. market share. You also have to think about the people drinking the beer. From light lagers and pale ales, there’s a long flavor bridge from light lager terra firms out to the island of flavorful indie craft beer. Once people jump on that path, it’s very rare that they only take one step. They usually continue to move towards more flavorful and more diverse, interesting options. I don’t know many people who have gone down partially across that bridge and then turned back to only drinking light lagers. So whether or not we can sustain the current pace of growth, I believe very passionately that the growth for indie craft will continue. I can’t envision a day in my lifetime when indie craft beer will get over 50% market share, but I think it’s reasonable to expect us to get over 20% in the next four to six years.

On staying relevant: Moving forward, and regardless of what scale a brewery aspires to, there are three things the brewery must be equally as passionate about in order to succeed: quality, consistency and differentiating from the pack. It’s not enough anymore to just make crazy beers if you can’t maintain quality and reliability. And vice versa. If you’re trying to rely on one well made IPA because IPAs are hot, it’s going to be difficult to sustain a long career as a viable brewer because craft beer consumers love diversity and experimentation. For small brewers, it is critical to have world class quality control. Investing in the right laboratory equipment, investing in world class packaging and equipment that sustains predictable shelf life and quality for your beer. Freshness. That’s the bigger technically hurdle. And then creativity and passion that in general we all share, recognizing the obligation as a small brewery to our shared identity as a family of independent craft brewers. Everyone needs to pay attention to quality and consistency.

On terminology: Semantics will continue to be such a big issue moving forward  because  the  world’s  biggest  breweries  now have diverse portfolios that  they  bought  and  make  within  their  massive  facilities  to  sell  to  their extremely powerful and increasingly unilateral distribution networks. All of this is done in an effort to marginalize craft brewers’ access to ingredients and market share. Consumers deserve to know who owns and makes the beers that are perceived to have come from a craft brewery, and the concerning thing is that beers are still marketed as coming from indie craft breweries, when they aren’t. If you look at the Brewers Association’s list of Top 50 Breweries, many of the ones that once fell within the definition of a craft brewery no longer fall within that definition. It’s easy to say it’s irrelevant if you’re a brewer that falls outside of it, but it establishes a line in the sand. You can see right now that the world’s biggest breweries are trying to co-opt the word craft, and they’re not going to stop trying to do that with acquisitions and deals. The definition of a “craft brewery” has always contained the concept of independence, and that concept is going to get more and more important. Five years ago, I called Dogfish Head a “craft” brewery. Now, I make sure I call us an “independent craft” brewery. Both words are equally as important now, for consumers to understand the difference.

On creativity: One of our rally cries for the next 10 years is that the German Beer Purity Law (or Reinheitsgebot) is nothing more than a form of art censorship. It’s a 500-year-old law, but humans have been making beer for 10,000 years, using what ingredients were available in their part of the world, so an absolute erosion of the relevance of the law over the next 20 years could happen globally. Every country’s craft beer world is discovering the unique and indigenous ingredients in their corner of the world, which encourages craft beer lovers to engage in beer tourism and bring beers from different regions back to their regions. Those exotic ingredients are enhancing regional beer scenes on a global level. I think it’s going to accelerate the acceptance of brewing with exotic ingredients in every country and creating a more vibrant scene.


MacGregor took two stuffed dogs to the Antiques Roadshow. “Ooh” said the presenter. “This is a very rare set produced by the celebrated Johns Brothers, taxidermists, who operated in London at the turn of the last century. Do you have any idea what they would fetch if they were in really good condition?” “Sticks” said MacGregor.

Our New Fresh Pasta Weekend Feature is Mexican Beef Lasagna. $16.95 (Beer Pairing: Last Mountain 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., May 13

Mediterranean Seafood Chowder

Heirloom Tomato & Fresh Mozzarella Bruschetta. $13.95

Carpetbagger w/ Horseradish Mashed & Grilled Chef’s Veg. $16.95

Palliser Porter

Sat. May 14 & Sun. May 15


Steak & a Pint. $17.95

Mon., May 16

Asian Beef & Black Bean

Pork, Brie & Apple Quesadilla

Hawaiian Chicken Burger

Baron Bock

Tues., May 17

Cream of Chicken & Sweet Corn

Spicy Beef & Broccoli Pizza. $13.95

Bratwurst & Spaetzle Sauté

Northern Lights Lager

Wed., May 18

Sausage & Leek Broth

Southwestern Chicken Wrap

Ham & Mushroom Pasta Bake

Sodbuster Brown Ale

Thur., May 19

Carrot Lentil

Monte Cristo

Teriyaki Steak & Noodles. $16.95

Palliser Porter

Fri., May 20

Potato, Bacon & Cheddar

Dagwood Club

Honey & Herb Roast Chicken. $16.95

Regina Pale Ale

Sat. May 21 & Sun. May 22


Steak & a Pint. $17.95