THE WAKKER WEEKLY – Issue #1359 – Posted on: 13-Feb-2017


Our premium wines for February are from the Yalumba Winery in Australia. The red is a Shiraz and the white is a Pinot Grigio. Both are $8.50 for a glass and $22.95 for a half litre.

Our guest tap is currently pouring an Oatmeal Session Pale Ale from the Black Bridge Brewery in Swift Current. $7.95 for a pint and $5.95 for a half pint. Next up is the Britisher English Brown Ale from the Churchill Brewing Company in Saskatoon.

New Hours of Operation. Monday to Thursday hours are now 11:00 AM to midnight and Friday and Saturday hours are 11:00 AM to 1:00 AM. Sunday hours remain unchanged at 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

Our Palliser Porter is available for growler fills at the Quance Street SLGA store in Regina for the month of February. Three other new Saskatchewan brewed beers are also available. Be sure to support this SLGA pilot program and help grow Saskatchewan craft beer.

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

Bushwakker night manager, Rayna Hart presents Gina Loucks with three vintages of our BlackBerry Mead.
Gina was the winner of our Beer Bacon Bands – BlackBerry Mead draw.



Feb. 13: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. ‘Round Midnight. Veteran Regina act plays popular jazz. 8:00 PM.

Feb. 14: Valentine Mead Tasting Event. Treat yourself or bring your honey to this Honey Wine event! Sample five mead offerings from Prairie Bee Meadery – Saskatchewan’s only full-time meadery. Their products incorporate locally produced honey and fruit, much of which is grown on their own land. Meadery founder, Vickie Dirksen will share her story and lead you through the mead making process. Tickets only $20 each. Only 50 tickets available. 7:30 PM. An optional special Valentine’s Mead Tasting Dinner featuring Veal Osso Buco with Pancetta Milanese as well as Italian Layered Torte with Pistachio Cappuccino Ice Cream will also be available prior to the mead tasting.

Feb. 15: Wednesday Folk Night. Bradford. Talented veteran acoustic guitar/vocal duo. 8:00 PM

Feb. 16: Health Science Pub. Our wildly popular Science Pub Series has returned for a fifth incredible season and has grown in scope and periodically includes presentations from the various health research groups at the University of Regina! 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 is titled, Getting to the Heart of the Matter: Perspectives of HIV in SaskatchewanThe unacceptably high rates of HIV infection in the province of Saskatchewan continue to be a grave concern to public health officials. The clinical numbers tell an unhappy story of high rates of infection and persistent challenges when it comes to treatment. Getting behind those numbers we discover a host of social, cultural and economic barriers that make fighting the infection rates and getting access to appropriate treatment more difficult than it should be. The three speakers will outline the current state of disease in the province and how community organizations are defining new ways to combat it. Susanne Nasewich is currently Clinic and Project Co-ordinator with the Wellness Wheel and Debbie Rodgers is the HIV Strategy Nurse Consultant with the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Authority. Jann Ticknor is Jann Ticknor is currently the Coordinator for the Saskatchewan Indigenous Strategy on HIV and AIDS, an initiative of All Nations Hope Network. 7:00 PM.

Feb. 18 – 19: Regina Art Collective – Second Annual “PAINTING, POTTERY & A PINT” ART SHOW and SALE in support of the Regina Humane Society.  The Regina Art Collective is a group of dedicated and talented artists who believe that as a group, they can better benefit the art community. They will be presenting their second annual art show and sale in the Bushwakker Arizona Room. It will include a variety of original paintings, photography, polymer clay, sculptural pieces, ceramics, pottery and mixed media. Opening day is Saturday, February 18 from 11 AM to 7 PM. The show continues on Sunday, February 19 from noon to 6 PM.

Feb. 20: Closed for the Family Day holiday.

Feb. 22: Wednesday Night Folk. Mabaleka. Modern country-folk duo from Saskatoon returns for an encore performance. 8:00 PM.

Feb. 27: Monday Night Jazz & Blues MID-WINTER BLUES FESTIVAL EDITION presents Christie-Anne Blondeau. This powerful vocalist kicks off the 2017 festival in fine form. 8:00 PM.

History and Place Define Medicine Hat Brewing

By Jason Foster at

Back in 1913 there was a brewery called Medicine Hat Brewing Co. It lasted until 1920. A second incarnation was attempted between 1925 and 1927 but ultimately failed. The city’s third iteration of Medicine Hat Brewing opened its doors on December 10, 2016 – 103 years after the first attempt. (For the record, Medicine Hat was also home to Alberta’s first brewery ever – Tom Ireland’s Saskatchewan Brewery which opened in 1882, long before there was an Alberta).

The newest Medicine Hat Brewing is the project of Warren Vancuren and his family. Vancuren is a retired oil and gas businessman who has operated a number of servicing companies over the years. He had thought he had retired a few years back when circumstance forced him and his wife to take over active operations of their most recent company. “We got tired of running an oil servicing business full-time”, he says. So they finally sold all of their holdings. But Vancuren wasn’t ready to really retire. “I have had success but I didn’t want to retire yet, wanted something to do as a family,” he says. He and his two sons stumbled onto the idea of opening a brewery. The four of them – Warren, his wife Kathy and sons Kaiden and Brennan are the brains, brawn and sweat behind the brewery.

Why a brewery – in Medicine Hat of all places? “We liked drinking beer so much we decided we should start brewing it,” Vancuren jokes. More seriously he says that the time seemed right to open a brewery in the southern Alberta city. This was about 3 to 4 years ago, before he had heard about Hell’s Basement and their plans.

“The plan is to get it off the ground, get the boys running it and then the wife and I can do nothing but R&D,” he laughs.

Vancuren knows neither he nor his sons are beer experts, so they scooped up Mitch Dalrymple , a veteran of the Canadian craft beer scene known mostly for his more than a decade as head brewer at Bushwakker Brewpub  in  Regina to handle recipe design, production and all things beer. For his part, Dalrymple says the timing was right for a change of scenery. Extolling the virtues of Bushwakker, he decided he wanted “one last adventure” in brewing before moving on to other things.

The name of the brewery was intentional to link it to the city’s past. “To be honest it was my marketing team’s idea. I didn’t even know there was an old brewery in Medicine Hat until they told me,” admits Vancuren. “People really connect with the idea of naming the brewery after the city and its history,” he says, acknowledging that the name “comes with a lot of responsibility” to live up to the name.

Part of that is ensuring the beer lives up to the name. Vancuren knows making craft beer in Medicine Hat has its own challenges. “Medicine Hat is a Bud Light, Old Milwaukee city,” so he knows the beer needs to balance craft credentials and crossover appeal. Their goal is to “swing people over” to craft beer. Vancuren believes their beer needs to appeal to the “blue collar guys” who work hard and have a deep pride for Medicine Hat.

Currently they have seven beer which will likely be their year-round offerings – although that decision is not yet fully made and things may shift. All the beer are named to have an historical connection with the city. Twin City Lager, which is a name from the original Medicine Hat Brewing to honour the relationship between the Hat and its abutting neighbour Redcliff, is a European Pale Lager. Hatfield Blonde Ale is named after a con-man in the early 1900s who convinced the city he could make it rain. Burnside Blood Orange Ale is the Hatfield with blood orange puree added and named after a prominent businessman in the city’s history. Sin Bin Red Ale is named after the nickname for the infamous downtown Assiniboia Hotel (I don’t think I need to tell you why), while Industrial Avenue IPA is the location of the original Medicine Hat Brewing. Finally, Saamis Session Ale honours the original indigenous name for the area and Gentlemen’s Stout, an oatmeal stout, is named to remember the Cypress Club, a space where early 1900s men could go to relax and do, um, gentleman things (or not).

While the line-up is not fully finalized, Vancuren indicates they are planning on offering a range of seasonals on top of the regular roster. Plus, “we are thinking of a barrel-aged series and hope to do casks and that kind of thing.”

The brewery can be a bit hard to find as the street address doesn’t reflect where the front door is. I got lost trying to find it and I actually know my way around Medicine Hat. The key is to ignore their Brier Park street address and instead drive along 23 Street NW where the sign will be unmistakable.

Vancuren says their initial plan is just to figure out how to service Medicine Hat and area. But that doesn’t mean they don’t have bigger plans. Within three years or so his hope is that “we will try to get our beer all over Alberta and Saskatchewan. That is our goal.”

At the moment they are keg and growler-fills only, but they have their canning line and are working on getting it up and running, meaning they will have packaged product within a few weeks. In the four weeks since their opening the brewery has been “flat out busy” as initial reaction has exceeded expectations.

With an experienced brewer behind the brew paddle and a clear business plan, it seems Medicine Hat Brewing is set to eclipse the success of its 1913 predecessor. It may be opening at an ideal time to achieve that goal.

Be thankful Medicine Hatters. Within a couple of months you now have not one, but two local breweries to appreciate.


A lovable woodchuck known for her nose-to-the-ground weather predictions has died just days before Groundhog Day.

Winnipeg Willow, a five-year-old groundhog orphaned as a baby, died Friday night, the Prairie Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre said.

“We are in complete shock and sadness with tears coming down our face,” an organizer with the centre said in a post on Facebook. “She was acting her normal self [Friday] morning and eating a carrot, but came in this evening to find her gone.”

She will be put to rest with her carrot….some potatoes…au jus and assorted spices.  The service is set for 2:00 pm at 350F.

Weekend Feature: Pale Ale Chicken Supreme w/ Herbed Mashed & Chef’s Veg. $18.95

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., Feb. 10

Navy Bean Fasolada

Harissa Beef

Slow-Cooked Brisket

Palliser Porter

Sat. Feb. 11 &

Sun. Feb. 12


Honey Mustard Chicken Wrap

Steak & a Pint. $18.95

Mon., Feb. 13

Chicken Chowder

Open-Faced Prime Rib. $13.95

Petite Filet Mignon w/ Roasted Shallots. $17.95

Sodbuster Brown Ale

Tues., Feb. 14

Sweet Potato & Bacon

Prosciutto & Pear Pizza. $14.95

Chicken Chasseur

Last Mountain Lager

Wed., Feb. 15

Creamy Tomato Parmesan

Bacon & Mac Cheese Lollipops. $12.95

Camarones A La Diabla

Northern Lights Lager

Thur., Feb. 16

Scotch Broth

Chicken Bruschetta

Thai Pork Green Curry

Chico IPA

Fri., Feb. 17

Chunky Chili Beef

Blackened Chicken Caesar Wrap

Red Snapper En Papillote

Stubblejumper Pilsner

Sat. Feb. 18 &

Sun. Feb. 19


Pulled Pork Bun w/ Slaw

Steak & a Pint. $18.95