THE WAKKER WEEKLY – Issue #1337 – Posted on: 12-Sep-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 an unfiltered and hoppy American style wheat beer called Wheat Burst from Black Bridge Brewery in Swift Current. Next up is a limited release offering from the Prairie Sun Brewery in Saskatoon. Their Saison du Miel et Vin is a local wild flower honey-infused Saison refermented with champagne yeast and aged in a wine barrel.

We learned earlier this month that we have been awarded the 2016 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor. TripAdvisor gives a Certificate of Excellence to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn great reviews from travellers. At this writing, we were ranked as the #4 Regina restaurant out of 435 restaurants and had received 396 reviews. A big “thank-you” to our many enthusiastic supporters who have so many positive things to share!

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 15th will be Ben Tingley and Dave Pettigrew

The Bushwakker is now OPEN ON SUNDAYS from Noon to Nine. Enjoy our Sunday Steak & a Pint feature.

Big Beer News! Bushwakker Dungarvon Irish Red Ale is now available for growler fills at the Quance Street SLGA store. The response has been very positive and our beer is selling very well. Three other Saskatchewan brewed beers are also available. Be sure to support this SLGA pilot program and help grow Saskatchewan craft beer. If successful, more SLGA stores may also offer growler fills in the future!

Bushwakker Local Arts Wall September Featured Artist: Amber Fyfe

Amber was born in Regina, SK. She earned her bachelor of Fine Arts ultimately at the University of Regina with transferred classes. Amber majored in oil painting with minors in ceramics and drawing.  She continues to take live drawing classes every year to sharpen her abilities. Amber has found a talent for portraits in conté pastels.

She can paint or draw anything she sees. Amber keeps trying new styles of art to express her growth as an artist. She lived in both Ontario and Alberta after her parents’ divorce. Her perspective on life was greatly influenced by her primary caregiver and grandmother, Julia, who had lived through the dirty 30’s. Amber’s art has simplicity of form with evocative shapes and emotional lines. She tries to find the grace line in each picture where the eye traces a pleasing pattern over the art space as a whole.  The subtleties in her application of her mediums create a depth to her styles that catch the eye over again on a second glance. Her pottery walks the line between function and art and focuses on texture and illusions of texture.

Amber has had her art placed in many consignment art stores and small galleries across Canada. She was a member of two art collectives in Calgary. Businesses, coffee shops, restaurants, hospitals and senior homes displayed pieces in their halls. Amber has shown in the McKenzie Art Gallery as part of group exhibits.  She currently exhibits with the Regina Federation of Artists and the Art Gallery of Regina. Other works include consignments of all sorts, fundraisers and wedding presents to ceramic tea pots.  She will tackle almost any project.  Amber plays Celtic, old-time, bluegrass and Métis music with her husband Jack (Cactus) Dublanica, in AmberJackFish, and volunteers her mandolin music in the senior 49ers choir.

Currently, Amber is showing an outdoor exhibit on a studio front yard at 2338 Smith Street called Regina 5 Down the Drain where she reproduced one painting of each artist in a household sink. The rest of the art work on the premises is reflective of her own style. It is open outdoors 24 hours a day until frost.  She was featured in the Friday, August 12 edition of the Regina Leader Post and on the CBC morning show the following week. (photos of other works), e-mail


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. OPEN AT 11:00 AM. 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.

Sept. 22: SCIENCE PUB – edition #34: Where Did he Come From? Trump at the Limits of Explanation! Our wildly popular Science Pub Series returns for a fifth incredible season! 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. This month’s lecture will be presented by Jim Farney, Associate Professor in Politics and International Studies at The University of Regina. This should be a well-attended lecture! How are we to understand the rise of Donald Trump? And could we have predicted it? This talk will answer these questions by presenting some of the frameworks political scientists have developed to understand American electoral politics, put Trump’s candidacy in the context of those theories, and ask what Trump’s campaign means for our ability to predict and explain politics.

Sept. 24: SASK VS. HAMILTON. Kick-off is at 7:30. Be sure to join the Sea of Green before and after the game and enjoy our Tabby Burger & a Pint special. Come “devour” the competition!

Sept. 26 – Oct. 1: Bushwakker Oktoberfest Week. The official Oktoberfest celebration in Munich will be winding down as the Bushwakker weeklong Oktoberfest celebration begins. Enjoy a unique German-themed meal special every day of the week as well as a pint of our Bushwakker brewed Oktoberfest lager, Harvest Lager. A selection of German bottled beers and a specially imported keg of Hofbräu München Schwarze Weisse (dark wheat beer) draught will also be available. Prosit!

Sept. 26: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. CALL ME MILDY. Cool rockin’ blues, southern rock, tex-mex, & reggae-tinged tunes with jumpin’ harmonica. 8:00 PM.

Sept. 28: Wednesday Night Folk. THE STILLHOUSE POETS. Prairie gothic roots duo sing about blood & dusty bibles, black crows and barbed wire. 9:00 PM.

Oct. 6: BLACK FOX SPIRITS TASTING EVENT. 7:00 PM in the Bushwakker Arizona Room. Tickets available soon.

10 Beers: Recipes for Disaster. When Calamity Strikes, Brewers Turn Adversity Into Opportunity.

By Zach Fowle 

Oskar Blues Deviant Dale’s
This aggressive imperial IPA was born when several mislabeled bags of extra-dark, extra-sweet crystal malt were added to what should’ve been a batch of Dale’s Pale Ale. Rather than dump the liquid, brewers dry hopped the bejesus out of it; the resulting brew won silver at the Great American Beer Festival in 2011.

Fat Head’s Semper FiPA
2015’s hop shortage meant that Mike Hunsaker, brewmaster at Fat Head’s in Portland, Oregon, didn’t have enough Simcoe or Citra to make the brewery’s flagship Head Hunter IPA, so he crafted a recipe with co pletely different hops. It worked. “Not only did it pull us out of the fire, it’s part of the rotation now,” Hunsaker says.

New Glarus Serendipity
When Mother Nature annihilated most of Wisconsin’s cherry harvest in 2012, brewmaster Dan Carey couldn’t make the brewery’s beloved Wisconsin Belgian Red. Luckily the apple and cranberry crops fared well, so Carey combined them with the cherries he could gather and placed the beer in oak. The cranberry juice cocktail- and mulled apple cider-flavored “happy accident fruit ale” is now a year-round release.

Saint Arnold Boiler Room
In 2014, 2,500 pounds of malt spilled on the ground instead of into the upcoming batch of Fancy Lawnmower. Brewers didn’t give up; when combined with a lambic and left in a hot boiler room to sour (hence the name), the half-strength wort evolved into a lovely little Berliner Weisse.

Port City Derecho Common
On June 29, 2012, Port City’s head brewer, Jonathan Reeves, experienced a “derecho”: a giant windstorm that can cause tornadoes, thunderstorms and flash floods. The storm knocked out power, causing a tank of lager to ferment at much hotter temps, morphing the beer into a California Common. Reeves still brews Derecho Common the same way—intentionally, now—and releases it yearly on the anniversary of the storm.

The Bruery Black Tuesday
The Tuesday morning this 19% imperial stout was made went like this: First, a leaky pump; then, an overflowing mash tun; next, a stuck sparge; and finally, a spill that sent hot liquid and 170-degree water flying all over the brewery. As punishment, brewers condemned the ale to bourbon barrels for more than a year and gave it an appropriate name: Black Tuesday.

Innis & Gunn Original
When Dougal Sharp, then-head brewer at Caledonian Brewery in Edinburgh, Scotland, first brewed this Scottish ale for the whiskey maker William Grant & Sons in 2002, he did so thinking it would only be used to season the distillery’s barrels and then be sent down the drain. Distillery workers, however, loved the beer so much that they would sneak it home in bottles and empty buckets. Sensing he’d inadvertently crafted a winner, Sharp founded Innis & Gunn, which still makes the original oak-aged ale today.

Right Brain Dead Kettle
When the kettle that was warming the first batch of this IPA croaked, nothing could bring it back to life. Russ Springsteen, Right Brain’s owner, had a solution: Extend the beer’s whirlpool and stuff it full of hops while it ferments. The beer’s boiled all the way now, but still gets a fat dry-hop addition. It premiered in cans for the first time in April.

Lagunitas Sucks
Lagunitas’ brown sugar spiked strong ale, Brown Shugga’, takes a long time to make—so long that in 2011, brewers nixed it because they couldn’t spare the fermenter space. As a peace offering, they instead brewed the humbly named Sucks, whose tropical, grassy hop flavors won over fans and became a year-rounder.

He’Brew Funky Jewbelation
The 2008 edition of Jewbelation Ale was a catastrophe: The yeast, expected to finish fermenting after the beer reached 15% ABV, gave up around 11%, leaving the entire batch undrinkably sweet. To save it, brewers blended in a variety of beers they had resting in barrels. A rebreed batch won silver at the 2014 World Beer Cup; the 2016 vintage combines eight He’Brew beers aged in bourbon and rye whiskey casks for a riotous flavor of tart cherries, blackberry jam, coffee beans and oak-aged cola.

Editor’s note: Bushwakker Dungarvon Irish Red Ale resulted from the maltster forgetting to turn off the heat on what was supposed to be Pale Malt. Dungarvon is now the number one selling Bushwakker beer.

We now have our framed award from Parks Canada hung behind the bar! 

Motherwell Homestead National Historic Site, together with the Regina Symphony Orchestra, Friends of Motherwell Homestead and The Bushwakker Brewpub won the 2016 Parks Canada CEO Awards of Excellence in the category of ‘Facilitating Memorable Visitor Experiences’ for the Symphony under the Sky at Motherwell Homestead event in August 2015. This is the most prestigious national honour awarded by Parks Canada agency, and it recognizes Parks Canada members and partners who have demonstrated a high level of excellence and achieved outstanding results.  Our event won the top honours among over 40 events from all across the country which were nominated for this award. Our commemorative Motherwell Red Fife Witbier is now on tap at the Bushwakker!


In a dark and hazy room, peering into a crystal ball, the fortune teller delivered grave news: “There’s no easy way to tell you this, so I’ll just be blunt. Prepare yourself to be a widow. Your husband will die a violent and horrible death this year”. Visibly shaken, the young woman stared back at the old woman’s lined face, then at the single flickering candle, then down at her shaking hands. She took a few deep breaths to compose herself. Her mind raced. A question forced its way out… she simply had to know. She met the fortune teller’s gaze, tried to steady her voice and asked, “Will I be acquitted?”

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.



Sandwich Hot Special

Beer Pairing

Fri., Sept 9

Chicken & Sweet Corn Chowder

Deli Meat Croissant

Smoked Meat Tasting Platter

Palliser Porter

Sat. Sept 10 &

Sun. Sept 11



Steak & a Pint. $18.95

Mon., Sept 12

French Onion

Pizza Sub

Spaghetti & Meatballs

Regina Pale Ale

Tues., Sept 13

Cabbage Roll

Perogie Pizza. $13.95

Maple Bourbon Chicken

Last Mountain Lager

Wed., Sept 14

Curried Lentil

Keema Naan

Baked Cod Mornay

Kai’s Munich Helles

Thur., Sept 15

Tomato, Basil & Zucchini

Mexi Chicken Panini

Pork Thai Green Curry

Stubblejumper Pilsner

Fri., Sept 16

Chicken Carbonara

Fajita Beef Wrap

Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf

Palliser Porter

Sat. Sept 17 &

Sun. Sept 18


Burger & a Pint. $17.95

Steak & a Pint. $18.95