THE WAKKER WEEKLY – Issue #1324 – Posted on: 13-Jun-2016


Our June premium red wine feature is Miguel Torres 5G (Garnacha) from Spain. $7.95 for a glass and $22.95 for a half litre. The white is Yalumba Y Series (Pinot Grigio) from Australia. $8.95 for a glass and $24.95 for a half litre.

Our guest tap is currently pouring the highly anticipated return of  Puddle Jumper Rhubarb Cider from Living Sky Winery in Perdue, Saskatchewan. $7.95 for a 12 oz. goblet. Following that we will tap one of the few remaining kegs of the Prairie Sun Meewasin 80 left in the province. A witbier style infused with spruce and pine harvested near Saskatoon.

Our newly released menu is now on the tables. This special 25th Bushwakker Anniversary menu edition is full of fresh stories, fresh menu items, more choice and a cleaner look! Let us know what you think at

Congratulations to local artist and designer, Gavin de Lint. Gavin has designed most of the Bushwakker beer labels which appear on our 650 ml glass bottles. His Screamin’ Mosquito Chili Beer label is one of 10 chosen in The Collectors of Canadian Brewery Advertising – 2015 Label of The Year Nominees. The other nine nominees include: Arrowhead I’m So Freaking Hoppy Imperial IPA, Burdock West Coast Pilsner, Cassel Golden Rail Honey Brown Ale, Garrison Vulcan Ale Genesis Effect Red Session IPA, The Grizzly Paw Ursa Major Brown Ale, Mission Springs India Dark Lager, Phillips Barnstormer Saison IPA, Red Truck Ridin’ Shotgun Belgian Blonde Ale and The Tin Whistle Osprey Pear White IPA. Our Screamin’ Mosquito Chili Beer is available in take home in glass bottles now! Good luck Gavin!

Our limited edition “TIE ONE ON” Father’s Day Growler Gift Boxes are now available. Includes your choice of a glass or stainless steel Bushwakker growler, two Bushwakker pint glasses, a growler fill gift certificate and a brand new swanky tie all presented in a handsome gift box. $35 and $60 each.

WIN TWO TICKETS to our August 4th IPA Day Specialty IPA Tasting Event. Entering this contest is very easy! Just visit  to sign up to receive our Wakker Weekly newsletter. Never miss out on another Bushwakker announcement or event again!

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!


June 11: Riders vs. Lions. Be sure to stop by the Bushwakker and join the Sea of Green before, during or after the pre-season home game and enjoy our Lion Burger & a Pint special for only $16.95. Think of it as “devouring” the competition. Kick-off is at 7:00 PM. Best of luck in 2016 Riders!!!

June 13: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. TERRAPLANE. Shane Reoch’s new four-piece band featuring 3 family members and a Bushwakker bassist. 8:00 PM.

June 15: Wednesday Night Folk. THE STILLHOUSE POETS. Prairie-made roots music. Opening set by Brent Nielsen. 9:00 PM.

June 15Please note that we will be closed to the public from 5:00 PM – 9:00PM for a private function. 

June 16: 2016 JAZZFEST REGINA  Bushwakker Performance – BLUE MOON MARQUEE.  7:00 PM. The biggest night of the year for live jazz at The Bushwakker! Blue Moon Marquee is a self-styled gypsy blues band influenced by old delta blues, swing, jazz and ragtime. A.W. Cardinal howls with a smoky vocal while playing a jazz tinged blues guitar. Jasmine Colette commands the
upright bass but also keeps the swing with both feet while singing harmonies. Blue Moon Marquee’s passionate performance and smouldering onstage chemistry is their trademark, and the way Colette’s angelic tones lift A.W.’s beaten down “bukowski-esque” mystique is something that enthralls audiences from the back room bar to the public square. Rush seating tickets are $12 advance and $15 at the door.  Available at the Bushwakker and Bach & Beyond.

June 17: REGINA GLOBE THEATRE 50TH ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATIVE BEER LAUNCH.  5:30 PM. Although Bushwakker is celebrating a quarter century of service this year we certainly tip our hat to the Globe Theatre who also faced difficult challenges in the early years but has grown into a provincial treasure. After extensive interviews and research into the half century old theatre the Berry Dramatic wheat beer will be released in fine fashion with artistic director, Ruth Smilie, tapping a ceremonial firkin to officially launch the commemorative brew’s release. Made with three standout ingredients, local Saskatoon berries, wheat and barley, these key ingredients symbolize the three artistic director teams the Globe Theatre has employed. No small feat! Only 250 bottles of the Berry Dramatic Ale were produced. Be sure to get your keepsake bottle celebrating a true Saskatchewan cultural treasure!

June 20: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. ‘ROUND MIDNIGHT. Popular act plays great jazz and adult contemporary tunes. 8:00 PM.

June 22: Wednesday Night Folk. TOODLE-OO THERESA. A final Bushwakker performance from longtime Bushwakker server, Theresa Burkhart, who will be joined by Carol Donaldson. Come enjoy this talented folk duo one last time and wish Theresa a fond farewell! 9:00 PM.

June 23: SCIENCE PUB – Navigating Science and Evidence in Contentious Policy Debate. Presented by the University of Regina Faculty of Science and The Bushwakker Brewpub. Our wildly popular monthly Science Pub Series has returned and promises to be even better than before. The programming will start off slowly but will develop so that a larger segment of the university will be involved to make the revitalized Science Pub even bigger and better! Enjoy lectures on scientific topics of general interest in our Arizona Room (main floor banquet room) over beer and snacks. The room opens at 5:00 PM and quite often is full by 6:00 PM. Avoid disappointment and come down early for dinner and a pint before the presentation which begins at 7:00 PM. Science Pub will break for the summer and return in September. This month’s lecture is entitled: Navigating Science and Evidence in Contentious Policy Debate. Presented by Dr. Loleen Berdahl from the College of Arts & Science at The University of Saskatchewan and Dr. Maureen Bourassa from the Edwards School of Business, University of Saskatchewan. While there is considerable interest in the idea of evidence-based policy, the inclusion of science and evidence in policy debate is not always smooth, particularly when the policy issue under consideration is contentious and/or involves risk. In this lecture, University of Saskatchewan researchers Dr. Loleen Berdahl (Political Studies) and Dr. Maureen Bourassa (Marketing) consider how the myriad actors within policy debate may differ with respect to what evidence is viewed as appropriate for policy decision-making, and discuss key factors that should be considered when communicating information to diverse audiences. They also examine the roles of emotion and cognition in risk perceptions, and raise what it means to foster respect in policy debate.

June 27: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. HOODOO. Young new blues act lead by guitarist, Ethan Reoch. 8:00 PM.

June 29: Wednesday Night Folk. RON LOOS. Pop covers from this talented guitar plucker. 9:00 PM.

Globe Theatre 50th Anniversary Berry Dramatic Firkin Tapping Fri. June 17

Hoops On Hops: Craft Beer Report By The Numbers

By Dave Hoops 

Two weeks ago, I attended the Craft Brewers Conference, which was held in Philadelphia this year. More than 14,000 brewers attended. As a reference, my first time attending in the mid-’90s, less than 300 brewers showed up. In about 20 years, that’s about a 4,500 percent increase. Locally made handcrafted beer has sure come a long way.

The Brewers Association (our national trade organization) defines craft breweries as:

• Small: Yearly production of 6 million barrels or less (a barrel is 31 gallons of beer, two standard kegs), which equals 12 million kegs of production or less. (That’s really not all the small.)

• Independent: Less than 25 percent of the craft brewery industry is owned or controlled by an alcoholic beverage industry member that is not itself a craft brewer.

• Traditional: A brewery that has a majority of its total beverage alcohol volume in beers whose flavor derives from traditional and/or innovative brewing ingredients and their fermentation. (Flavored malt beverages are not considered beer.)

So when people ask me, I usually say craft breweries are small businesses that use the highest quality ingredients, specializing in innovation and unique interpretations of traditional beer styles. This information is in no way meant as a negative perception toward big beer producers. I drink the big beers, as well. My goal here is to help beer drinkers understand the differences.

In 1976, there were a total of 50 breweries in the U.S. We are now over the 4,400 mark and still growing. Craft breweries are a real and interesting success story. We currently sport eight in the Twin Ports alone.

Twelve percent of all beer sold in America is craft beer, but 21 percent of money spent on beer is craft, so the price point is a bit higher because of high quality raw materials and small business models.

Craft breweries produced 48,153,728 kegs — yep, that’s almost 49 billion — as a group in 2015. A very surprising number to me. They also exported 892,000 kegs outside the U.S. This is an exciting movement toward American craft beer emerging on the world market. It used to be the other way around with beer drinkers looking to imports for interesting and unique brews.

Here’s a look at the most popular styles.
• IPA (India pale ale): 26.49 percent
• Seasonal: 13.96 percent
• Pale ale: 9.28 percent
• Variety: 6.98 percent
• Fruit/spiced: 4.98 percent
• Amber ale: 4.69 percent
• Amber lager: 3.83 percent

Note: Hoops is a relative newcomer. When Bushwakker co-founders Bev and Elaine Robertson first attended these meetings, total attendance was roughly 100.



A teacher was reading the story of the Three Little Pigs to her class. She came to the part of the story where first pig was trying to gather the building materials for his home. She read “And so the pig went up to the man with the wheelbarrow full of straw and said: ‘Pardon me sir, but may I have some of that straw to build my house?'” The teacher paused then asked the class “And what do you think the man said?” One little boy raised his hand and said very matter-of-factly… “I think the man would have said – ‘Well, I’ll be damned!! A talking pig!'”

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




Hot Special

Beer Pairing

Fri., June 10

New Orleans Gumbo

Pulled Ginger Beef Wrap

Crab Cake Noodle Bowl

Cheryl’s Blonde Ale

Sat. June 11 


Burger & a Pint. $16.95

Steak & a Pint. $17.95

Sun. June 12


  Steak & a Pint. $17.95

Mon., June 13

Cream of Cajun Sweet Corn

Oriental Chicken & Noodle Salad

Chipotle Lime Shrimp

Stubblejumper Pilsner

Tues., June 14

Beef & Bell Pepper

Balsamic Caprese Pizza $13.95

Duo of Pasta

Last Mountain Lager

Wed., June 15

Bean & Bacon

Antipasti Platter

Korean BBQ Beef Bowl

Premium Pale Ale

Thur., June 16

Sausage & Caramelized Onion

Crab Stuffed Portabella Mushroom

Moroccan Chicken Tagine

Chico IPA

Fri., June 17


Deli Club

Roast Loin of Pork

Harbinger Maibock

Sat. June 18 & Sun. June 19


 Steak & a Pint. $18.95