THE WAKKER WEEKLY – Issue #1335 – Posted on: 29-Aug-2016


Our premium wines for September are Bonterra Wines from Mendocino, California. The red is their Organic Zinfandel, the white is their Organic Chardonnay. Both are $8.95/glass and $24.95/half litre.

Our guest tap is currently pouring Hopping Bunny Hugger Cherry Cider from Living Sky Winery in Perdue, Saskatchewan. $7.95 for a half pint. Our cider celebration will then continue with the Living Sky Puddle Jumper Rhubarb cider! Following that we have the unfiltered and hoppy Wheat Burst from Black Bridge Brewery in Swift Current.

The Bushwakker was recently mentioned in an article by the content team and was identified as being one of the TOP NINE PLACES TO VISIT while on a road trip through Saskatchewan and Manitoba. See the full article here:

Enjoy Bushwakker beer on tap every Thursday night at The MacKenzie Art Gallery this summer! The Candahar is one of their most interactive installations to date. Created by Winnipeg-based artist, Theo Sims, this replica of a Belfast pub complete with Bushwakker beer on tap will whisk you away from the queen city to 1990’s Ireland. This week’s local celebrity guest bartenders on September 1st will be Jeffrey Allport, Kara Uzelman, and Lee Henderson

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

We have tickets available to the Regina Symphony Orchestra’s Symphony Under The Sky event which takes place on Saturday, August 27th at the Motherwell Homestead national historic site. The Bushwakker will be there pouring our Motherwell Red Fife Witbier. Tickets $15 each.

Bushwakker floor manager, Cheryl Tovey, needs your help! If she raises $10,000 by September 8th she will SHAVE HER HEAD IN THE MIDDLE OF THE BUSHWAKKER! All proceeds raised will be donated to Ovarian Cancer Research. You can help Cheryl in two ways. Visit the Ovarian Cancer Walk of Hope website and donate to The Tovey Sisters Sh*t Show Team or purchase a ticket to Cheryl’s Head Shave Burger & Beer Night. Tickets are $30 and are available at The Bushwakker.

Results from our sold out August Specialty IPA Tasting Event
*Scores are out of 50 points

1. Rogue Farms Hop 8 – 36.63
2. To Øl / BrewDog Hardcore Mælk – 35.07
3. Nokomis Barrel Aged IPA – 34.56
4. Rogue Cold Brew – 34.08
5. Ninkasi Hop Cooler Citrus – 33.86
6. Howe Sound Log Driver Juniper Rye – 33.50
7. Bushwakker Grapefruit – 32.11
8. Dieu du Ciel Disco Soleil – 30.73
9. Epic Tart N’ Juicy Sour – 28.96
10. De Molen Honey Rye – 26.90

We still have a small number of some of these unusual IPA bottles available behind the bar. Our Grapefruit IPA is on tap and in bottles too.


Aug. 27: Bushwakker Motherwell Red Fife Witbier Official Launch. The Bushwakker is once again a proud partner of Parks Canada this summer and has brewed a Motherwell Homestead commemorative beer which will be officially unveiled at the Symphony under the Sky event at the Motherwell Threshing Day Grand Event. Motherwell Red Fife Witbier, a Belgian-style wheat beer, utilizes historic unmalted Red Fife wheat in its production. This refreshing, easy-drinking wheat beer is the perfect summer quencher.  Motherwell Homestead National Historic Site is located an hour NE of Regina near Abernethy.  Enjoy a jam-packed day of activities including threshing demonstrations, the Field to Fork Festival and kids activities. The highlight of the afternoon will be the performance from the Regina Symphony Orchestra! Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy a symphonic concert at the homestead. Event goes ahead rain or shine so come prepared.  Tickets are available at the Bushwakker and are $15 each. Enjoy a great family day of historic music at a historic site drinking a historic brew! (This event is allowed to sell beverage alcohol under an SLGA special occasion license and only beverage alcohol sold on the premises may be consumed on the premises.) A small quantity of Motherwell Red Fife bottles and draught will also go on sale at Bushwakker at 11:00 AM.

A special “sneak peek” firkin tapping of the Motherwell Red Fife Witbier took place on Aug. 19.
Motherwell staff in period dress were on hand to assist in the ceremony.
This commemorative beer will be officially launched at theSymphony Under The Sky
event at The Motherwell Homestead on Aug. 27.

Aug. 29: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. WHITEBOY SLIM.  A return engagement from the national award-winning blues act. 8:00 PM.

Aug. 31: Wednesday Night Folk. BRADFORD. Talented vocal/acoustic guitar duo featuring Mark Radford and Brad Papp. 9:00 PM

Sept. 2: FIRST FIRKIN FRIDAY. Enjoy this longstanding tradition where a small keg of special beer is paraded throughout the pub lead by a piper from The Regina Police Services Pipes & Drums. A volunteer firkin tapper is selected to tap the cask and quite often receives a beer bath! Don’t miss what new Bushwakker head brewer, Michael Gaetz, has brewed up this month! 5:30 PM.

Sept. 2, 3 & 4: LABOUR DAY LONG WEEKEND EVENT. Receive free ice, cups, coasters and the loan of a keg chiller tub with the purchase of any one of our four sizes of Bushwakker kegs. Be sure to celebrate the final summer long weekend of 2016 with family, friends and a Bushwakker keg!

Sept. 3, 4 & 5: LABOUR DAY CLASSIC THREE-DAY BURGER BATTLE. We welcome our many Manitoba friends who make their annual pilgrimage to the Bushwakker and Mosaic stadium. This is also the only weekend of the year where you can choose from either our Winnipeg Burger & a Pintfeature or our Saskatchewan Burger & a Pint feature. History has shown that the burger which sells the best prior to the game is a strong indicator as to which team will win the Labour Day Classic! We open at 11:00 AM on all three days.

Sept. 4: THE LABOUR DAY CLASSIC. Can Team Green produce a 12th consecutive Labour Day Classic win? Join the Sea of Green at the Bushwakker at 11:00 AM for our Saskatchewan Burger & a Pint or a Winnipeg Burger & a Pint feature and to discuss the probable outcome before the 1:00 PM kick-off. Meet “Back at the Bush” to conduct your post-game analysis.

Sept. 5: OPEN AT 11:00 AM LABOUR DAY. Monday Night Jazz & Blues. ‘ROUND MIDNIGHT. Popular act plays popular jazz and popular adult contemporary tunes. 8:00 PM.

Sept. 7: Wednesday Night Folk. BEN WINOSKI & JEFF STORRY. Talented acoustic guitar duo demonstrates power, speed and finesse. 9:00 PM.

Sept. 7: ALES CLUB MONTHLY MEETING. After a two month summer break, one of North America’s top ranked home brewing clubs is set to reconvene for another brewing season. The September meeting is historically the largest meeting of the year. If you are interested in getting into the art of home brewing or would like to improve your skills, come to the Bushwakker basement clubroom at 8:00 PM and discover what the ALES Club can offer you. This month’s meeting topics include; How To Taste & Analyze Your Beer and an Introduction To All-Grain Brewing.

Sept. 8: CHERYL’S HEAD SHAVE OVARIAN CANCER BEER & BURGER NIGHT. If Bushwakker floor manager, Cheryl Tovey, raises $10,000 by September 8 she will shave her head in the middle of Bushwakker! You can help her reach her goal in two ways; visit the Ovarian Cancer Walk of Hopewebsite and donate to the Tovey Sister Sh*t Show Team or purchase a $30 ticket to Cheryl’s Head Shave Burger & Beer Night. Receive a Bushwakker burger, award-winning fries, Caesar salad and a half pint of any regular Bushwakker beer. Huge silent auction too! Tickets are on sale now at Bushwakker. 6:00 PM.

Sept. 12: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. THE MINISTRY OF GROOVE. Popular act plays 1970’s jazz funk and beyond! 8:00 PM.

Sept. 14: Wednesday Night Folk. BILLARNEY.  Very large acoustic Celtic act returns. 9:00 PM.

Sept. 18: SASK. VS. EDMONTON. We are now open every Sunday and we welcome the Sea of Green prior to the 2:30 kick-off as well as for a post-game celebratory pint.  Enjoy our gourmet Edmonton Burger & a Pint special and “devour” the competition!

Sept. 19: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. THE JAZZ BAND-ITS. Enjoy big band, jazz and swing from the largest band to ever grace the Bushwakker stage. 8:00 PM.

Sept. 21: Wednesday Night Folk. KINDER SCOUT. Alternative rock roots blues group makes their Bushwakker debut. Opening act: KATIE MILLER. 9:00 PM.

Dungarvon at the Quance SLGA Store

At last, you can now buy Bushwakker beer at an SLGA store. Just one store, Quance in the east end, and just one style, Dungarvon,  just in growlers, but it’s a start.

Our regulars already know that Dungarvon is an Irish Red Ale, with caramel and floral notes. But the story behind the name is quite interesting. The Bushwakker was first imagined and then made real by Bev and Elaine  Robertson. Bev’s maternal grandfather was a large man named Ellis Grant. “Grant” is a Scottish name and the dominant clan in the part of the Spey valley with the greatest concentration of distilleries. The largest town is “Grantown-on-Spey”. However, Bev’s ancestors spent a few generations in Ireland before his line of Grants came to New Brunswick, Canada.

Ellis Grant was also a leader and even as a teenager was made the boss of a logging crew. The part of the N. B. forest that he worked most often was that drained by the famous salmon fishing river, the Miramichi. The Dungarvon River is a tributary of the Little Northwest (also called the Renous) Branch of the Main Southeast Branch of the Miramichi River.

During the summer between his 2nd and 3rd, and 3rd and 4th year of undergraduate university at UNB, Bev also worked the Miramichi area, as the head of a crew collecting samples with which to plan the next summer’s spruce budworm spraying program.

The big red cat on the logo is meant to represent what was known as “The Dungarvon Whooper” maine-song-and-story-sampler-map/places/dungarvon-river-the-dungarvon-whooper/.  The people who lived in the little village of Grainfield, where the Dungarvon River joins the Little Northwest Branch, often complained of eerie howling late at night and they associated this with the assumption that a very antisocial hermit lived upriver from them. Some people, including Bev, prefer the story that it was an Eastern Puma, which once were common in the Maritime provinces.

From a children’s book. Apparently the authors
don’t know much about the mechanics of reproduction.



A woman was in bed with her lover when she heard her husband opening the front door. “Hurry” she said “stand in the corner”. She rubbed baby oil all over him, then dusted him with talcum powder. “Don’t move until I tell you” she said. “Pretend you’re a statue”. “What’s this?” the husband inquired as he entered the room. “Oh it’s a statue” she replied. “The Smiths bought one and I liked it so I got one for us, too”. No more was said, not even when they went to bed. Around 2am the husband got up, went to the kitchen and returned with a sandwich and a beer. “Here” he said to the statue, have this… I stood like that for two days at the Smith’s and nobody offered me a damned thing!”

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., Aug 26

Chicken Noodle

Spicy Beef Enchiladas

Smoked Loin of Pork

Sodbuster Brown Ale

Sat. Aug 27 &

Sun. Aug 28


Ham & Mushroom Omelet

Steak & a Pint. $18.95

Mon., Aug 29

Beef Mushroom

Pork & Bean Quesadilla

Bison Irish Stew w/ Soda Bread

Dungarvon Irish Red Ale

Tues., Aug 30

Carrot & Coriander

Butter Chicken Naan Calzone. $13.95

Moussaka Lasagna

Regina Pale Ale

Wed., Aug 31

Lemon Chicken & Rice

Trio of Hard Shell Tacos

Bacon & Goat Cheese Quiche

Last Mountain Lager

Thur., Sept 1

Shrimp Laksa

Moroccan Chicken Salad

Beef Rendang

Stubblejumper Pilsner

Fri., Sept 2

Vietnamese Beef Noodle

Asian Spring Rolls

Smoked Sirloin of Beef

Saskadian Black IPA

Sat. Sept 3 &

Sun. Sept 4


Burger & a Pint. $17.95

Steak & a Pint. $18.95