THE WAKKER WEEKLY – Issue #1344 – Posted on: 31-Oct-2016


Our premium wines for November are from the Durbanville Hills Winery in South Africa. The red is a Shiraz and the white is a Sauvignon Blanc; both are $7.95 for a glass and $21.95 for a half litre.

Our guest tap is currently pouring 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 red wine barrel. Next up is a special aged version of the Black Bridge Wee Heavy which has been safely aged in our beer cellar for one year.

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

Our very popular Cheryl’s Blonde Ale is now available for growler fills at the Quance Street SLGA store in Regina. Three other new Saskatchewan brewed beers are also available from Black Bridge, Prairie Sun and Nokomis Craft Ales. 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 28th Single Malt Scotch Tasting Ticket Release Date. We have been receiving many inquiries as to when our November 26th scotch tasting tickets will go on sale. All six special order single malts have now arrived. We will release the 150 tickets on Sunday, October 30th at noon sharp! Tickets historically sell out in only a day or two! This year’s offerings include: Talisker 25 year, Speyburn Sherry Cask 8 year, Caol Ila Young and Feisty, Glenturret 2001, Wolfburn and Glendronach Peated. A performance from the Regina Police Pipes & Drums and the Regina Highland Dancing Association adds definite Scottish flare to this event. Tickets $84.95 each.

Bushwakker Prime Rib Weekends Return
Back by popular demand! Our melt-in-your-mouth, low-and-slow roasted prime rib dinners with jumbo Yorkshire pudding have returned. And Sunday suppers just got a whole lot better at the Bushwakker! Choose from either an 8 oz. or a 10 oz. cut. Prime rib is definitely one of Bushwakker executive chef Mike’s specialties.

Launch Date Announced! Bushwakker Brewpub’s New Writers Corner Seeks Books! The Writers Corner will be launched on Saturday, November 12 at 3:00 PM. We are still seeking donations of recent publications (2014-2016 publication dates) from Saskatchewan authors (all genres) to help create a library within the Writers Corner. The goal is to start slowly and gradually increase the size of the library a couple of times each year. More book shelves will be installed as the number of books increases. The books in the corner library will be available for patrons interested in reading works by local authors and the books will remain in the brewpub. To be considered for the library, books must be a minimum of 40 pages and professionally bound. Please drop off a copy of your recently published book (along with purchasing information which can be shared with brewpub patrons) to Grant Frew at Bushwakker. You can email Grant at Books will remain a part of the Bushwakker library. Rotating individual author biographies and a brief book synopsis will be featured in the brewpub’s weekly newsletter and social media channels on a regular basis.


Oct. 29: A CELTIC HALLOWE’EN. Win a $100 Bushwakker gift card in our costume contest; enjoy a pint of Great Pumpkin Spiced Brown Ale, a slice of fresh pumpkin cheesecake and great live Celtic music with Regina’s most danceable Celtic band, The Tilted Kilts. $5 cover charge in effect. Band starts at 9:00 PM. Costume contest at 10:30 PM.

Oct. 29: RIDERS VS BC. The last game at the old Mosaic stadium! Kickoff is a 5:00 PM. Enjoy our gourmet BC Burger & a Pint special for only $17.95 and “devour” the competition. Head back to The Bushwakker for our Celtic Hallowe’en Party.

Be sure to stop by the Bushwakker before or after the final home game at the old Mosaic Stadium!


Oct. 30: Single Malt Scotch Tasting Ticket Release Date. Tickets to our November 26th scotch event go on sale at noon.  Customers who come to buy tickets in person will be served before phone order purchases can be accepted.

Oct. 31: Monday Night Jazz Blues. TERRAPLANE.  Regina’s friendliest bluesman, Shane Reoch, leads this very popular blues act. 8:00 PM. If you are looking for Bushwakker Hallowe’en fun, hoped you joined us last Saturday night!

Nov. 2: Wednesday Night Folk. MABALEKA. Saskatoon modern country folk duo, make their Bushwakker debut. 9:00 PM.

Nov.2: MONTHLY ALES MEETING. If you are interested in getting into the art of home brewing or would like to improve your skills, come to the Bushwakker downstairs clubroom at 8:00 PM and discover what the ALES Club can offer you. This month’s meeting topics include; Big Brew Day Tasting and Conditioning Malt. New members always welcome!

Nov. 4: FIRST FIRKIN FRIDAY. Enjoy the pomp and circumstance as a small keg (firkin) of special brew is carried throughout in the brewpub in a procession lead by a piper from the Regina Police Pipes and Drums. A volunteer is selected to tap the firkin often resulting in a beer drenching experience for all. Come taste what Bushwakker head brewer, Michael Gaetz, has created this month. 5:30 PM.

Nov. 7: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. AZ PARIS. Veteran blues guitarist fronts this talented trio. 8:00 PM.

Nov. 9: Wednesday Night Folk. RON LOOS. Talented guitar plucker showcases his razor-sharp wit. 9:00 PM.

Nov. 11: REMEMBRANCE DAY. Open at noon.

Cross the Border for Saskatchewan Craft Beer

By Joe Wiebe: CAA Travel – AMA Insider

Everyone knows beer is made from barley. Farmers grow a lot of barley on the Prairies. So beer must be a big deal in Saskatchewan, right? The problem is Canada’s beer bigwigs—Labatt and Molson—haven’t brewed beer here since 1989, meaning there hasn’t been much local production in decades.

Happily, that’s all changing. Renewed interest in local brewing over the last three years has given rise to seven new Saskatchewan microbreweries. These rookies join a pair of pioneers who paved the way long before anyone even used the term “craft beer.”

The origins of Saskatchewan’s beer culture date to the mid-1970s when University of Regina physics professor Bev Robertson spent a sabbatical year in Stuttgart, Germany. There, he cultivated a taste for proper German bräu, but upon returning home was hard-pressed to find suds of similar quality. So, he tried his hand at home brewing. Before long, Robertson and a couple of pals found themselves prepping big batches on a weekly basis. As avid cross-country skiers who liked to “bushwhack” new trails, they dubbed themselves the Bushwhacker Brewers.

The contemporary North American microbrewery movement began taking hold in the 1980s, but Saskatchewan’s liquor laws didn’t yet permit brewpubs. Robertson worked with the provincial government to modernize the outdated rules and, in 1991, he opened the doors to the Bushwakker Brewpub in the Strathdee Building, a heritage structure in Regina’s Warehouse District.

No beer-soaked stay in Saskatchewan is complete without visiting Bushwakker. Try to catch a monthly First Firkin Friday, a bagpiper-led cask-tapping procession that gives a willing customer the honour of tapping the firkin (a.k.a. keg)—and getting soaked in beer as a result. Bushwakker’s annual Blackberry Mead release every December is another highlight: Patrons line up overnight for the coveted bottles.

The Saskatoon side of the beer pioneer story is best described as an “accidental brewery.” Steve Cavan was an avid home brewer, but had trouble sourcing ingredients locally. In 1995, he began a home-based mail-order business to secure supplies for himself and other home brewers. This evolved into a storefront operation, where he found himself mashing and boiling grains and hops to save customers time. When tax officials required Cavan to register as a brewery in 2004, he made the leap and Paddock Wood Brewing was born.

Over the next decade, Paddock was the province’s de facto craft brewery—its bottles were available in Saskatchewan and beyond; Bushwakker’s were only available at its brewpub.

The local beer biz really picked up steam in 2013. First out of the gate was Prairie Sun Brewing in Saskatoon, which boasts an eclectic tasting room, kitchen and outdoor patio. Brewmaster Cameron Ewen, who previously worked at Paddock Wood, produces a variety of craft beer styles, including Crazy Farm, a spicy Belgian farmhouse ale with a citrus twist.

You may not know Nokomis (pop. 436), about halfway between Regina and Saskatoon, but craft beer is quickly putting the small community on the map. Nokomis Craft Ales opened here in 2014, when founder Jeff Allport and his wife relocated from Vancouver. The brewery is a modest affair, open only on Thursday and Friday afternoons, but the beer is delicious, making it a perfect road-trip diversion.

Swift Current also welcomed its own hometown beer in 2014: Black Bridge Brewery. Co-owners and long-time residents Clayton and Kari Stenson grew tired of the lack of good  local  beer options.  With a relatively  large  capacity, Black Bridge packages and distributes its brews throughout the Prairies.

Back in Regina, Rebellion Brewing grew out of that city’s original brewpub’s supportive community—founders Mark Heise and Jamie Singer became friends after competing against each other in a Bushwakker-sponsored home-brew contest. Among Rebellion’s offerings are lentil cream ale, sour and barrel-aged beers, gluten-free amber ale and seasonal Tripel brewed with Saskatchewan-grown Haskap berries.

Saskatoon’s 9 Mile Legacy joined the fray in 2015. In true Prairie style, the name refers to the distance between the family farms of founders Shawn Moen and Garrett Pederson. Technically a “nanobrewery” due to its very small batch production, the brewery will soon expand into the artsy Riversdale neighbourhood.

Rounding out the boom is Malty National Brewing, which opened in Regina’s Heritage ‘hood earlier this year and shares its building with a coffee roaster and a vintage vinyl shop. Malty National focuses on variety, releasing a new beer each week—mostly hop-forward styles with the occasional stout mixed in for good measure.

With such diverse, thirst-quenching libations, now is the time to enjoy a pint of local, independently produced, made-in-Saskatchewan beer.


-“Your daddy didn’t go bald. He just likes having his hair cut that way”.

-“The stuffed animals will be lonely for their friends if we take them out of the store”.

-“Animals want to be eaten, it gives them such joy to be chosen as your food. Here’s some chicken… go ahead make it happy”.

-“Yes, your fishy has been very sleepy lately”. Someday, when you’re older and I’m mentally prepared, I’ll tell you that Nemo now sleeps with the fishes but in the meantime, your sleepy fish will be totally reinvigorated as soon as the pet store opens.

Our Weekend Prime Rib & Giant Yorkie Special Returns. 8 oz – $20.95 & 10 oz – $25.95

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




Hot Special

Beer Pairing

Fri., Oct. 28


Roast Vegetable Sandwich

Beef Madras Curry

Regina Pale Ale

Sat. Oct. 29


Burger & a Pint. $17.95

Steak & a Pint. $18.95

Sun. Oct. 30


Breakfast Omelette

Steak & a Pint. $18.95

Mon., Oct 31

Spiced Pumpkin

Vegetarian Nightmare Grill

Pumpkin Prime Rib Sliders

Sodbuster Brown Ale

Tues., Nov. 1

Cream of Cauliflower

Spicy Salami Pizza. $13.95

Blackened Chicken Fettucine

Northern Lights Lager

Wed., Nov. 2

Cheesy Pepper Pot

Crispy Hot Corned Beef on Cheese Bread

Poached Atlantic Salmon w/ Wild Rice & Grilled Veggies

Stubblejumper Pilsner

Thur., Nov. 3


BBQ Turkey Burrito

Salt Crusted Striploin w/ Peppercorn Porter Sauce

Regina Pale Ale

Fri., Nov. 4

Washington Chowder

Roast Beef & Cheddar on Multigrain

Bacon Wrapped Turkey w/ Aged Cheddar Mash & Brussel Sprouts

Last Mountain Lager

Sat. Nov. 5 &

Sun. Nov. 6


Bacon & Egg Sliders

Steak & a Pint. $18.95