THE WAKKER WEEKLY – Issue #1375 – Posted on: 05-Jun-2017


Congratulations to Bushwakker head brewer, Michael Gaetz, on his silver medal win at the 2017 Canadian Brewing Awards!  Michael’s Pickard’s Oatmeal Cream Stout is a particularly significant win for the Bushwakker family owned and operated business. The beer’s brand name acknowledges Bushwakker co-founder Elaine Robertson’s maiden name, Pickard.  Bushwakker company president, Bev Robertson, also won his first national award with a dark ale, Palliser Porter, many years ago. Michael now joins the ranks of his grandfather and uncle (Scott Robertson; Bushwakker’s first head brewer) as a nationally recognized award-winning brewer!

Our guest tap is currently pouring a Belgian Dubbel from Nokomis Craft Ales: $7.95 for a pint and $5.95 for a half pint.  Next we have an American Strong Ale from Black Bridge Brewing. Following that, James Brown Ale from Regina’s Malty National Brewing shall flow.

Our premium red wine for June is Fuzion Alta Reserve Malbec from Argentina: $7.95 for a glass and $21.95 for a half litre. The white is Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand: $8.95 for a glass and $24.95 for a half litre.

Our big, malty and hop citrusy West-coast-style Chico IPA is available for growler fills at the Quance Street SLGA store in Regina for the month of June. Three other new Saskatchewan brewed beers are also available. Be sure to support this SLGA pilot program and help grow Saskatchewan craft beer.


June 1, 2 & 3: BUSHWAKKER AT THE MOSAIC 2017 IRISH PAVILION. Be sure to stop by the Bushwakker food booth at the Irish Pavilion at the Caledonian Curling Club (2225 Sandra Schmirler Way) this Thursday, Friday & Saturday. We will be serving up some traditional Irish dishes as well as an exclusive Lumsden Honey Irish Red Ale brewed just for the occasion.

June 2: FIRST FIRKIN FRIDAY. Enjoy the pomp and circumstance of this longstanding Bushwakker monthly tradition! A piper from The Regina Police Services Pipes & Drums leads a small keg (the firkin) of special ale throughout the pub in a procession. A guest volunteer tapper is selected to wield the handmade wooden maul affectionately named, The Mighty Firkin Wakker, and attempt to tap the keg in one swift blow! This month’s special offering will be a sampling of our commemorative 2017 Mosaic Irish Pavilion’s Lumsden Honey Irish Red Ale. The suds-soaking spectacular takes place at 5:30 PM.

June 5: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. TERRAPLANE. Popular four piece “family” band is lead by Regina’s friendliest bluesman, Shane Reoch. Bushwakker’s own, Troy Bleich, plays upright bass. 8:00 PM.

June 7: Wednesday Night Folk. BEAUTIFUL BANDITS. Acoustic band playing high energy rock & soothing folk makes their Bushwakker debut. 8:00 PM.

June 7: MONTHLY ALES MEETING. Don’t miss the final meeting of the ALES 2016/2017 brewing season. The club takes a break for the summer but will reconvene on Wednesday, September 6. This month’s presentation topics include: American Wheat, Beer and Food Pairing (Ethnic Foods). Meetings are held in the Bushwakker basement clubroom and start at 8:00 PM. New members are always welcome!

June 12: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. THE MINISTRY OF GROOVE. 1970’s jazz funk and beyond! 8:00 PM.

June 14: Wednesday Night Folk Special Edition –ANNUAL REGINA WOMEN IN SONG EVENT. This year’s line-up includes: Shannon Drall, Wanda Gronhovd and Bushwakker’s own, Lexy Desjarlais. 8:00 PM.

June 15: 2017 JAZZFEST REGINA  Bushwakker Performance – THE NEW MONTAGUES.  7:00 PM. The biggest night of the year for live jazz at The Bushwakker! The New Montagues and their epic band sound hit the stage for the ninth edition of the Queen City’s very own jazz festival.  The nine-member band plays the best of funk, soul, r & b, disco and pop with hits by Stevie Wonder, The Bee Gees, The Doobie Brothers, Bruno Mars, Amy Winehouse, Earth, Wind & Fire and more. The New Montagues are one of Regina’s hottest party bands. Their amazing three-piece horn section really get things stirred up and delivers an energetic sound that will make you want to move! Rush seating tickets are $15. Available at the Bushwakker and Bach & Beyond.

June 19: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. `ROUND MIDNIGHT. Veteran Regina act delivers great jazz standards and more! 8:00 PM.

June 21: Wednesday Night Folk. JORDAN FIESELER. Talented Regina singer-songwriter makes his Bushwakker debut.  Note 9:00 PM start time. The Bushwakker will be closed to the public between 5:00 and 9:00 for a private function.

June 26: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. SUN ZOOM SPARX. Will be interesting! Funk, jazz fusion, psychedelia and mid-70’s ambience. 8:00 PM.

June 28: Wednesday Night Folk. BRADFORD. Talented Regina duo featuring Brad Papp and Mark Radford. 8:00 PM.

2017 CBAs Full of Surprises; 17 Prairie Medals

By Jason Foster   

Over the weekend the results of the 2017 Canadian Brewing Awards were announced (see the full winners’ list here.)

I can honestly say they were full of surprises. Lots of new names on the list and a fascinating equality between regions (to a degree). There were more than a dozen breweries where I either barely knew or even had to look up because I had never heard of them.

The list overall makes me feel really positive about both the state of the Canadian beer scene – we are maturing and the diversity of winners shows it – and the evolution of the Canadian Beer Awards. A few years ago I was fairly critical of the CBAs. To their credit they made a number of changes to their process and have worked hard to show that they want to be as objective as possible. And the results show it.

So, a few quick stats. There were 55 styles judges, with 163 medals awarded (in two styles they only awarded two medals). One of my ongoing frustrations is that they do not release the number of entries nor how many entries from each region. It can make it hard to tell who entered and who didn’t.

Ontario won the most medals at 51. B.C. was right behind at 49 – basically a tie. Quebec scooped up 35 and Atlantic Canada 11. The prairies (which, in my books includes Yukon and NWT) picked up 17, a steady growth from the past two years (11 and 13, respectively). The prairie list was an interesting mix of longstanding breweries and newcomers. Twelve breweries in total won awards. As usual Great Western Brewing won the most, this time with three medals including one gold. Other multiple winners included Big Rock, Brewsters and Troubled Monk.

Here is the full list of prairies winners (in no particular order):

Big Rock: Gold, Euro-style lager; and Silver, North American Wheat
Brewsters: Gold, North American Wheat; and Silver, European-Style lager
• Village: Bronze, Tripel
Winterlong: Silver, French and Belgian Ale
• Common Crown: Silver, Scotch Ale
Troubled Monk: Bronze, Sweet Stout; and Bronze, North American Blonde/Golden Ale
Bushwakker: Silver, Oatmeal Stout
Black Bridge: Gold, Imperial Stout
Great Western: Gold and Silver, North American Lager;  and Silver, Light Lager
Torque: Bronze, North American Amber Ale
Blindman: Bronze, Session Ale
Ribstone Creek: Gold, Session Ale

In general the number of new breweries across Canada winning medals has me feeling bullish about the state of craft beer in Canada. Yet, we would be too quick to dismiss the more veteran breweries as well, as they continue to show their abilities. I note for example that 7 of the prairies’ 17 medals are from three of the oldest in the region – Big Rock, Brewsters and Great Western.

Some of you may dismiss those winners as most are clustered in the so-called “mainstream” categories – North American Lager and Wheat, European Style Lager and such. My response? You try making one of those styles. Sure, it may not be your go-to beer, but it is important to respect that these are not easy styles to make consistently. You have nowhere to hide. The slightest flaw rings through. In Great Western’s case in particular, where they consistently win in those categories almost every year, it speaks volumes about their ability to dial in and reproduce.

So, today I say a hearty congratulations to all the prairie winners and if you need a place to get rid of some of that extra award-winning beer, you know how to contact me!

Enjoy Bushwakker Cuisine and a very Special Bushwakker Beer at the Mosaic 2017 Irish Pavilion on June 1st, 2nd & 3rd!


A man went into one to get a shave, and noticing that the manicurist was really beautiful, decided to have a manicure at the same time.  After he watched her work for a while, he got up his nerve and finally said, “How about going out with me tonight or some night soon?’
She said, “No, I’m married”
He asked, “Can’t you just tell your husband you’re going to visit a sick girl friend?”
“Why don’t you tell him yourself” she replied, “He’s shaving you!”

Weekend Feature: Cedar Plank Salmon w/ Butter Leaf, Craisin & Fig Salad and Jack Daniels Vinaigrette. $16.95

Soup & Sandwich Special is $12.95.  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., June 2

Clam Chowder

Baby Shrimp Salad Wrap

Roast Ribeye w/ Cheddar Mash & Chef’s Veg. $17.95

Sodbuster Brown Ale

Sat., June 3


Steak & Eggs

Steak & a Pint. $18.95

Sun., June 4


Breakfast Hash

Steak & a Pint. $18.95

Mon., June 5

Creamy Tomato Bacon

Smoked Gouda BLT

Beef & Bell Pepper Fettuccine

Cheryl’s Blonde Ale

Tues., June 6

Beef Stroganoff

Perogie Pizza. $13.95

Loaded Steak Sandwich. $17.95

Sodbuster Brown Ale

Wed., June 7

Orzo & Vegetable Stew

Blackened Chicken & Pear Salad

Bushwakker Mixed Grill

Regina Pale Ale

Thur., June 8

Cajun Shrimp Chowder

Beer Battered Chicken Sandwich

Beef & Mushroom Noodle Bowl

Bombay IPA

Fri., June 9

Sausage & Caramelized Onion


Mexican Pork Burger

Palliser Porter

Sat., June 10


Bacon & Sausage Skillet

Steak & a Pint. $18.95

Sun., June 11


Fruit Crepes w/ Bacon

Steak & a Pint. $18.95