THE WAKKER WEEKLY – Issue #1350 – Posted on: 12-Dec-2016


Our premium red wine for December is The Grinder Pinotage from South Africa; $8.95 for a glass and $23.95 for a half litre. The white is Bree Riesling from Germany; $8.50 for a glass and $22.95 for a half litre.

Our guest tap is currently pouring the rich and malty Winter Warmer from Black Bridge Brewing in Swift Current. Next up is the Sundog Belgian Whit from the Churchill Brewing Company in Saskatoon making its Bushwakker debut.

A big “thank-you” to everyone who came out for #MeadDay2016 on Saturday, December 3rd. All 6000 bottles sold out that afternoon. The first people in line arrived over 19 hours before the mead went on sale. Congratulations to Marshall Dixon who won our Bushwakker Vertical Blackberry Mead Tasting Prize consisting of three different vintages of our mead. Everyone standing in line had the opportunity to enter into the draw. The winner of our “Why I Love Blackberry Mead” poetry contest was Timothy Landgraf and was crowned King Bee for the day!

We still have a few 2016 “A Friend With Mead is a Friend Indeed” commemorative Blackberry Mead T-shirts left. We also have some Bushwakker/Joe Fafard 25th Anniversary T-shirts left. Pair that with a Growler gift box, Christmas Variety Six-Pack, or a Bushwakker gift card and you have one nice Christmas gift for the craft beer enthusiast on your list!

Timothy Landgraf was the winner of our “Why I Love Blackberry Mead” poetry contest and was crowned King Bee on Mead Day. He wore the royal attire and sat upon a massive throne while we wined and dined him all day!  His winning poem is below.

Once upon an evening coldly,
I betook myself to boldly,
travel down to revel in the joy within Bushwakker’s door.
While I thirsted, throat so stale,
wishing for lager or ale,
served within a shining grail,
that the barkeeps deftly pour.

“That shall warm me up” I muttered. “I will have just one” I swore. 
“Only this, and then no more.”

Wind and snow had left me reeling, 
early nights had left me feeling, 
emptiness inside revealing, 
longing that I can’t ignore. 
Eagerly I sought libations, 
but found powerful temptations, 
brew exceeding expectations; 
the drink that we all adore. 

“Mead was back and now on tap!” 
I could ask for nothing more. 
Life was better than before. 
Urgently I called a server, 
hastily and with much fervor, 
ordered up the life preserver, 
eager for what was in store.  

Placed before me, so beatific,
crimson stunning soporific,
tasty treasure so terrific, 
tears began to taint the floor. 
Greedily I quaffed the beverage, 
wishing for a sweet encore.  
And with that I ordered more. 
With another glass’s coming,
taste buds dancing, stomach humming, 
felt my very soul succumbing, 
wishing for another score. 

Soon my second glass was empty. 
“One more round,” I begged “is plenty.” 
Proving capable to tempt me, 
placing yearning at my core. 
But the server had to cite the two-drink limit of the store. 
Sadly, I could have no more.

Our Bushwakker Sodbuster Brown Ale will be available for growler fills at the Quance Street SLGA store in Regina for the month of December. Three other new 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 Prime Rib Weekends. Back by popular demand! Our melt-in-your-mouth, low-and-slow roasted prime rib dinners with jumbo Yorkshire pudding are back and Sunday dinners are 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.

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


Avid fans of our “other” Christmas specialty brew look forward to this day every year. Only one tank of our winter warmer is produced each year. Rich malt flavours with plenty of depth and complexity. The perfect ale to sip on whilst curled up with a good book in front of a fireplace on a cold Saskatchewan winter night. We hope this special ale will last on tap until Christmas but the limited number of bottles will most likely be sold out in the blink of an eye. Malted “Missiletow” Cheesecake will also be available! See you at 11:00 AM!

Dec. 12: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. WHITEBOY SLIM. National award-winning blues artist returns performing tunes from his latest CD. 8:00 PM.

Dec. 14: Wednesday Night Folk. BEN WINOSKI & JEFF STORRY. Talented acoustic guitar duo with fingers of fire! 9:00 PM.

Dec. 19: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. TERRAPLANE. Regina’s friendliest bluesman, Shane Reoch, leads this popular family blues band. 8:00 PM.

Dec. 21: Wednesday Night Folk. THE DICKENS YULETIDE SINGERS. Join us at 8:00 PM for this one hour Christmas Concert delivered by this talented group in Victorian dress. 8:00 PM.

Dec. 24: CHRISTMAS EVE. Open at 11:00 AM and closed at 5:00 PM.

Dec. 25. CLOSED. Merry Christmas!

Dec. 26: Monday Night Jazz & Blues Boxing Day Bash with CALL ME MILDY. Blues harpist and guitarman Greg Mildenberger leads this rockin’ blues act. 8:00 PM.

Dec. 28: Wednesday Night Folk. BILLARNEY. Very large acoustic Celtic act returns. 9:00 PM.

Dec. 31: NOTHING FOR NEW YEAR’S – BUSHWAKKER 25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION. As we bring our quarter century anniversary celebrations to a close, we decided to take our very popular Nothing For New Year’s event…and do even less than ever! No band, no dancing, no tickets, no cover charge, no line-ups, no noisemakers, no elevated drink prices, no free cheap champagne, no midnight buffet, no dressed-up staff, no smooching at midnight, no Auld Lang’s Syne, no decorations and no special meal – but we will have our regular weekend Prime Rib & Jumbo Yorkie dinner feature. And if you want to make a reservation…No Problem! We wish you good health, happiness and a prosperous 2017!

Oldest Beer Brewed from Shipwreck’s 220-Year-Old Yeast Microbes

By Tom Metcalfe, Live Science Contributor    November 10, 2016

Yeast microbes from the world’s oldest bottle of beer — a 220-year-old bottle found in one of Australia’s earliest shipwrecks — are being used to create a new, modern beer with the characteristic taste of the 18th-century brew.

The yeast was grown from the contents of a bottle of beer recovered from the wreck of the Sydney Cove, a British trading ship that got caught in a storm near the island of Tasmania, off Australia’s south coast, in 1797 while on its way from Calcutta to the prison colony at Port Jackson, now the city of Sydney.

The crew of the Sydney Cove survived by grounding the sinking ship on a tiny island off northern Tasmania, now called Preservation Island, which is part of the inspiration for the name of the recreated beer: Preservation Ale.

The researchers used the yeast to brew a mild-tasting beer using a traditional recipe from the time, and they say it has a distinct flavor.

“It’s got quite a sweet taste — some people have described it as almost a cider or fresh taste — which has come from the yeast,” said project leader David Thurrowgood, a conservator and chemist at the Queen Victoria Museum at Launceston in Tasmania.

The researchers also uncovered a historical account of a celebrated English beer from the time that was known for its sweet, cider-like flavor, similar to the beer brewed from the reanimated yeast.
“That was quite a surprise, but having found that reference, and to have that particular taste come out in the beer … it showed that the beer did actually have a distinctive taste at the time that we’re only rediscovering now,” Thurrowgood told Live Science.

But beer aficionados will have to wait a while longer to sample the 220-year-old taste: Thurrowgood said several brewing companies are keen to market Preservation Ale, but so far, the entire stock consists of a few bottles brewed for his research.

Beer on board

The yeast microbes used to brew the recreated beer were grown from samples taken from one of 26 beer bottles found in the hold of the Sydney Cove wreck during excavations by marine archaeologists in the 1990s.

A single unopened bottle from the wreck now enjoys pride of place at the Queen Victoria Museum as the world’s oldest bottle of beer — the nearest contender being a 133-year-old bottle of lager in the Carlsberg Museum in Denmark, Thurrowgood said.

DNA tests show the shipwrecked yeast microbes are related to yeast species used in so-called Trappist ales brewed in monasteries in Europe, and Thurrowgood thinks the bottles contained a premium beer exported from England for military officers at Port Jackson.

Bottles of wine, brandy and gin were also found aboard the Sydney Cove, as well as several casks of cheaper beer for mass consumption, the researchers said.

The scientists from Australia,  Belgium, France and Germany  have revived five distinct species of yeast microbes from the shipwrecked beer bottle, as well as several species of bacteria, which will provide rare information about the microorganisms in human diets from a time before the Industrial Revolution in Europe.

“People talk about autoimmune diseases and other issues [relating to] the fact that we have quite a clean diet today, whereas in the past we had a diet full of microbes,” Thurrowgood said. “This is one of the few chances we’ve got to actually test those microbes, and actually see what they were.”

Shipwreck survivors

Thurrowgood and his colleagues plan further studies of the bottles of wine recovered from the shipwreck, which may also hold microorganisms that can be revived after 220 years.

“We can definitely see dead cells within the wine bottles, and we’re much less likely to find live materials in there, but you never know until you’ve done the work,” he said.

The future of Preservation Ale, meanwhile, is at the center of commercial discussions that the researchers hope will develop into revenue to preserve the museum’s important collection of artifacts from the Sydney Cove wreck and the survivors’ camp sites on Preservation Island, the researchers said.

Thurrowgood added that the possibilities include establishing a mini brewery at the historic museum buildings in Launceston, or creating a homebrew beer based on the 18th-century yeast strain.
After the Sydney Cove ran aground in February 1797, a party of survivors set out in an open boat to reach the colony at Port Jackson. The voyage took them across Bass Strait, between Tasmania and the Australian mainland, where they were wrecked again on the coast.

The voyagers then faced an overland trek of more than 370 miles (600 kilometers) through unknown territory peopled by both friendly and hostile aboriginal tribes. Of the 17 individuals who set out, just three made it to Port Jackson in May 1797, according to an official letter by the colony’s governor, John Hunter.

“They were the first Europeans to do that trek, so in terms of early colonial history, it was an enormous trip and tale of survival — I don’t know how they did it,” Thurrowgood said.

The line-up to acquire of bottles of Blackberry Mead began forming over 19 before the mead went on sale.
The creativity of Bushwakker Blackberry Mead enthusiasts knows no bounds as these gentlemen from Manitoba in their “Mission to Mead” astronaut outfits demonstrated.


TIME OUT: More Preparation for Parenthood

7. Forget the sports car and buy a minivan. And don’t think you can leave it out in the driveway spotless and shining. Family cars don’t look like that. Buy a chocolate ice cream bar and put it in the glove compartment. Leave it there. Get a quarter. Stick it in the CD player. Take a family-size packet of chocolate cookies. Mash them down the back seats. Run a garden rake along both sides of the car. There! Perfect!

8. Get ready to go out. Wait outside the toilet for half an hour. Go out the front door. Come in again. Go out. Come back in. Go out again. Walk down the front path. Walk back up it. Walk down it again. Walk very slowly down the road for 5 minutes. Stop to inspect minutely every cigarette butt, piece of used chewing gum, dirty tissue and dead insect along the way. Retrace your steps. Scream that you’ve had as much as you can stand, until the neighbors come out and stare at you. Give up and go back in the house. You are now just about ready to try taking a small child for a walk.

9. Always repeat everything you say at least five times.

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., Dec. 9

Cream of Mushroom & Rice

Mexican Chicken Sandwich

Seafood Platter

Stubblejumper Pilsner

Sat. Dec. 10 &

Sun. Dec. 11


Potato Skin Omlette

Steak & a Pint. $18.95

Mon., Dec. 12

Potato Bacon

Beef & Bean Strudel

Bratwurst Burger

Last Mountain Lager

Tues., Dec. 13

Creamy Tomato & Basil

Taco Beef Pizza. $13.95

Broccoli & Chicken Mac n’ Cheese

Dungarvon Irish Red Ale

Wed., Dec. 14

Curried Lentil

Pork & Cream Cheese Dip

Buttered Shrimp Sauté

Northern Lights Lager

Thur., Dec. 15

Hunters Casserole

Duck Spring Rolls

Chimichurri Flank Steak

Palliser Porter

Fri., Dec. 16


Chicken Enchiladas

Braised Pork Ribs

Sodbuster Brown Ale

Sat. Dec. 17 &

Sun. Dec. 18


Corned Beef Hash

Steak & a Pint. $18.95