THE WAKKER WEEKLY – Issue #1360 – Posted on: 20-Feb-2017


Our guest tap is currently pouring the Britisher English Brown Ale from the Churchill Brewing Company in Saskatoon; $7.95 for a pint and $5.95 for a half pint. Next up is the Dang IPA from Regina’s Malty National Brewing. Following that we will pour the Nokomis Craft Ales Black IPA.

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

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.

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 Bushwakker Local Artist Wall for the month of February features the works of Kathryn Gorectke.

Her artist bio is as follows:

I am a prairie artist. I have had a lifelong love for art, but dove into acrylics approximately six years ago. For the most part I am self- taught, however I have been encouraged along the way by many extraordinary teachers. I now find myself surrounded by a group of artists who spur me on in my pursuit of painting. I am inspired by creation; particularly skies and trees. I love to look at landscapes; while in nature or from a photograph and visualize the transformation into a painting. There are so many landscapes just waiting to be painted! 

Stop in all this month to enjoy her creative talents! To learn more about Kathryn and her work, please visit her facebook page at


Sat., Feb. 18 and Sun., Feb. 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.

Notable Dates in Beer History


1800 BC (Circa): A “Hymn to Ninkasi,” the Sumerian goddess of beer, is inscribed on a tablet, about 4,000 years after men first leave evidence of brewing activity.

580: Saint Arnold of Metz is born, one of dozens of patron saints to beer, brewers and hop-pickers. He helps end a plague by convincing people to drink beer rather than impure water.

1516: The Reinheitsgebot, instituted in Bavaria, is a beer “purity law” that remains today in revised form. The original laws permits beer to be made only with barley, hops and water, later acknowledging yeast and permitting wheat.

1573: Heinrich Knaust writes the first extensive book on brewing in Germany, describing in detail about 150 different beers. He calls the “noble Hamburg beer the queen of all other wheat beers.”

1716: The tavern that will become known as the Wayside Inn after being immortalized in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s Tales of a Wayside Inn opens in Sudbury, Mass. Nearly 300 years later it’s the oldest continuously operating inn in the United States.

1814: A storage vat at the Horse Shoe Brewery in London containing more than 300,000 gallons of porter collapses, knocking down brewery walls and flooding immediate area. Eight people are killed, “by drowning, injury, poisoning by porter fumes, or drunkenness.”

1919-1933: Prohibition, in the form of the 18th Amendment, outlaws the sale of alcohol in the United States. Key dates to remember:

  • The 18th Amendment is ratified on January 16, 1919 and goes into effect January 16, 1920.
  • On March 23, 1933, President Franklin Roosevelt signs into law legislation permitting the sale of 3.2% alcohol beer.
  • On December 5, 1933, the 21st Amendment repeals the 18th Amendment.

1944: Because it is not practical to ship beer, the HMS Menestheus, a British mine-laying ship, is converted into a floating brewery to supply beer to British and Allied troops in the Asian theater during World War II.

1957: The late Michael Jackson, “The Beer Hunter”, drinks his first beer at the Castle Hill Hotel in Huddersfield, Yorkshire. Twenty years later he writes The World Guide to Beer, one of the inspirations for the “beer revolution.”

1972: Development of Cascade hops begins in Corvallis, Ore., in 1956. The hop is released to brewers in 1972 and becomes a hallmark aroma and flavor for beer from American small-batch brewers.

1982: Hilton Harvest House in Boulder, Colo., hosts a modest 20 breweries serving only 35 beers for the first Great American Beer Festival. Today the annual event features more than 3,800 beers.

1992: Astronaut-homebrewer Bill Readdy blasts into space aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery carrying an unofficial package, a bag containing Cascades hops. Spinnakers Brewpub in Victoria, B.C., later makes a beer brewed with the hops that circled the earth 128 times.

1997: Jack McDougall of New Jersey wins the first U.S. Beer drinker of the Year competition sponsored by Wynkoop Brewing in Denver. McDougall is an original member of the Bar Tourists of America, a loosely organized group that held its first tour in 1978.

2008: Smithsonian Magazine states: “The best beers in the world today are being made in the U.S.”

2012: The craft brewing sales share in 2012 was 6.5 percent by volume and 10.2 percent by dollars. 2,347 craft breweries operated for some or all of 2012, comprised of 1,132 brewpubs, 1,118 microbreweries and 97 regional craft breweries.

2013: Craft brewers reached 7.8 percent volume of the total U.S. beer market. Additionally, craft dollar share of the total U.S. beer market reached 14.3 percent in 2013, as retail dollar value from craft brewers was estimated at $14.3 billion. More than 2,800  U.S. breweries operated for some or all of 2013, of which 99 percent were small and independent craft brewers as defined by the Brewers Association. Of those craft breweries, there were 1,237 brewpubs, 1,412 microbreweries and 119 regional craft breweries.

2014: Craft brewers reached 11 percent volume of the total U.S. beer market. Additionally, craft dollar share of the total U.S. beer market reached 19.3 percent in 2014, as retail dollar value from craft brewers was estimated at $19.6 billion. More than 3,400 U.S. breweries operated for some or all of 2014, of which 99 percent were small and independent craft brewers as defined by the Brewers Association. Of those craft breweries, there were 1,412 brewpubs, 1,871 microbreweries and 135 regional craft breweries.

2015: Craft brewers reached 13 percent volume of the total U.S. beer market. Additionally, craft dollar share of the total U.S. beer market reached 21 percent in 2015, as retail dollar value from craft brewers was estimated at $22.3 billion. More than 4,269 U.S. breweries operated for some or all of 2015. Of those craft breweries, there were 1,650 brewpubs, 2,397 microbreweries and 178 regional craft breweries.


One dark night outside Vegreville a town in Eastern Alberta, a fire started inside the local sausage plant and in a blink it exploded into massive flames. The alarm went out to all the fire departments from miles around.

When the volunteer fire fighters appeared on the scene, the sausage company president rushed to the fire chief and said,   “All of our secret formulas are in the vault in the center of the plant. They must be saved and I will give $50,000 to the fire department that brings them out intact.”

But the roaring flames held the firefighters off.

Soon more fire departments from surrounding towns had to be called in as the situation became desperate. As the firemen arrived, the president shouted out that the offer was now $100,000 to the fire department who could bring out the company’s secret files.
From a distance, a lone siren was heard as another fire truck came into sight. It was the nearby Mundare volunteer fire department composed mainly of Ukrainians over the age of 65.

To everyone’s amazement, the little run-down fire engine, operated by these Ukrainians, passed all the newer sleek engines parked outside the plant and drove straight into the middle of the inferno.
Outside, the other firemen watched as the Ukrainian old timers jumped off and began to fight the fire with a performance and effort never seen before.

Within a short time, the old-timers had extinguished the fire and saved the secret formulas.

The grateful sausage company president joyfully announced that for such a superhuman feat he was upping the reward to $200,000, and walked over to personally thank each of the brave, though elderly, Ukrainian firefighters.

The Edmonton TV news reporters rushed in after capturing the event on film asking, “What are you going to do with all that money?”

“Vell,” said Nick Sputski, the 70-year-old fire chief, “…..da furst thing vee gonna do is fix da brakes on dat focking old truck.” !!!!

Weekend Feature: Grilled Pork Chop w/ Brie, Apple, Cherry & Almonds. $17.95

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. 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


Mon., Feb. 20





Tues., Feb. 21

Beef & French Onion

Maple Bacon & Pulled Pork Pizza. $13.95

Citrus Roast Salmon

Stubblejumper Pilsner

Wed., Feb. 22

German Cabbage & Sausage

Chicken Tikka Wrap

Homemade Southwest Burger

Last Mountain

Thur., Feb. 23

Split Pea & Ham

Boar Meatball

Spaghetti Pomodoro

Dungarvon Irish Red

Fri., Feb. 24

Cream of Wild Mushroom

Thai Beef Sandwich

Veal Fricassee

Chinook ESB

Sat. Feb. 25 &

Sun. Feb. 26



Steak & a Pint. $18.95