THE WAKKER WEEKLY – Issue #1379 – Posted on: 03-Jul-2017


The Bushwakker is offering Smoked BBQ dishes every weekend this summer. Craft beer and BBQ pair wonderfully together! This weekend’s BBQ feature is Crisp Beer Battered Smoked Haddock w/ Minted Peas, Steak Fries & Tartar Sauce. $16.95  (Weather permitting).

The Bushwakker Brewpub is currently hiring full and part time evening and Sunday line cooks. Experience is an asset but will train. Guaranteed hours, competitive wages, tip sharing and benefits package. Apply in person with resume to 2206 Dewdney Avenue or email executive chef Mike Monette at

Our guest tap is currently pouring a Chocolate Stout from Regina’s Pile O’ Bones Brewing: $7.95 for a pint and $5.95 for a half pint.  Following that we will pour a special collaboration Kellerbier involving Central City Brewers & Distillers and Black Bridge Brewing. This Bavarian Pilsner packs a hoppy punch!

Our premium red wine for July is Radio Boka Tempranillo from Spain: $7.50 for a glass and $21.95 for a half litre. The white is Santa Julia + Chardonnay from Argentina: $8.50 for a glass and $23.95 for a half litre.

‘Tis the Season


July 1: SASK VS. WINNIPEG. We will open at noon on Canada Day. Enjoy our gourmet Winnipeg Burger and a Pint special for only $17.95. Come “devour” the competition!

July 2: Closed

July 3: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. WHITEBOY SLIM CD RELEASE PARTY. National award-winning blues artist unveils his new CD, Quid Pro Quo: Songs of Sex. Love and #Resistance! 8:00 PM.

July 5: Wednesday Night Folk. BRIAN VOLKE. Former Celtic Clutter frontman returns to Regina for a special homecoming solo performance. 8:00 PM.

July 7: 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 firkin offering is a Blueberry Wheat beer. The suds-soaking spectacular takes place at 5:30 PM.

July 8: SASK VS. HAMILTON. Kick-off is at 8:00 PM. Enjoy our gourmet TABBY BURGER & A PINT special for only $17.95.

July 10: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. JEFF MERTICK. A soulful blues performance from this veteran Regina bluesman. 8:00 PM.

July 12: Wednesday Night Folk – Special EditionREGINA MEN IN SONG EVENT.  Following the popular Regina Women in Song event held last month, we thought we give both some experienced and up-and-coming gents a chance to showcase their singer/songwriting skills. Featured performers include: AJ Brenneman, Codie Ruecker and Jeffery Campbell. 8:00 PM.

July 17: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. MATT CHOBOTER TRIO. Multi-award winning Vancouver pianist on a cross-Canada tour. 8:00 PM.

July 19: Wednesday Night Folk. THE LINCOLN LOGGERS. Lumberjack-themed band plays crowd pleasing covers, catchy singalong songs & comical original tunes. 8:00 PM.

July 21 & 22: YQR BEER FESTIVAL. The Bushwakker will be at this brand new outdoor event which will feature over 100 beers available for sampling. Held on the grounds in front of the Conexus Arts Centre from 5:00 – 11:00. Food trucks, live local music and the Saskatchewan Craft Beer Lanewill showcase many of the small breweries found in our province. Wines, spirits and coolers will be available too. Event goes on rain or shine. Bring a lawn chair. Early bird tickets are $36 and available at the Conexus Arts Centre.

July 24: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. A STORRY WITH HUGHES. Talented guitarmen, Billy Hughes and Jeff Storry deliver powerful acoustic blues. 8:00 PM.

July 26: Wednesday Night Folk. MAVERICK CINEMA. Vancouver Island folk rockers make their Bushwakker debut. 8:00 PM.

July 29: SASK VS. TORONTO. Kick-off is at 4:30. Be sure to stop by the Bushwakker before, during or after the game and enjoy our gourmet TORONTO BURGER & A PINT game day special.

July 31: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. AZ PARIS TRIO. Veteran bluesman returns for another high-energy blues performance. 8:00 PM.

Turn Left for Craft Beer: New Map of Sask.-made Alcohol Launches

CBC News    Jun 22, 2017

Finding Saskatchewan-made alcohol just got easier for locals and tourists alike.

On Thursday, the Saskatchewan Craft Brewers Association and the Saskatchewan Artisan Wines and Spirits Association co-launched an interactive map of showing the locations of microbreweries and distilleries across the province.

Users simply go to the website and click on the icon for the respective brewery. Information pops up about its history and operating tours, as well as when visitors should drop by.

Saskatchewan craft beer, wine and distillery producers can now easily be found at

In a release issued Thursday, Shawn Moen, secretary of the brewers association and co-founder of 9 Mile Legacy Brewing Company, located in Saskatoon, said the hope is that the map will encourage people to wet their whistles with the province’s craft offerings.

Both associations also point to how the craft brewing and distillery industries bring tourism dollars to the province.

Editor’s Note: The garbled CBC message above discusses a map that includes information on microbreweries and small distilleries, but also on small wineries and on brewpubs. Media writers refuse to learn what some of these words mean and continually screw up their reporting on small alcoholic beverage producers, even when given accurate initial information. The word “microbrewery” is not synonymous with the phrase “craft brewery”. Craft breweries are either microbreweries (mainly wholesale), or brewpubs (mainly retail). We don’t know how the author would justify also dropping small wineries from the list in parts of the text. We also don’t know how much these frequent errors are caused by time pressure, stupidity or arrogance; but probably some of all three. But it means that if you get all your news from just one source you’ll never know how accurate or inaccurate it is.  

Bev Robertson, Bushwakker Brewing

Poll Findings Show “Independent/Independently Owned” Matters in Craft Beer Purchase Decisions

By Julia Herz

Does independence matter? You bet it does! A recent survey firmly illustrates this point.

Nielsen recently presented insights from a survey co-developed with Brewbound and conducted by Harris Poll. These insights were shared during last week’s Brewbound Session business conference in New York. The survey (conducted May 19-23, 2017) was aimed at understanding the familiarity around popular “buzzwords” used to market craft beer. A total of 2,000 people (adults 21+), including 773 self-identified regular* craft beer drinkers, were surveyed on 29 buzzwords**

In my view,  the  most  intriguing  news  to  share  is  that when  asked, “How familiar are you with each of the following terms as they relate to beer,” 81% of craft beer appreciators indicated “independent” and “independently owned” as the most recognized. The second-most recognized buzzword was “traditional.”

When asked, “Thinking about the beer-related terms you are familiar with, if you heard or saw each term in connection with a particular beer, would you be more likely, less likely, or equally as likely to purchase the beer,” 23 of the 29 terms had a “net” positive— that is, “more likely” to purchase outweighed “less likely.”

For more insight, we tapped Nielsen senior vice president of beverage alcohol practice Danny Brager, who presented these findings along with associate client manager Caitlyn Battaglia, for comments:

Within that survey, several more “generic” marketing terms that can span ANY category seemed to be very relevant to, and resonated with, the craft beer consumer. Some examples of those terms include: innovative, limited edition, drinkable.

In looking at the survey data, craft beer drinkers are certainly aware of the term independent/independently owned in relation to beer. Within the survey, this term had 81% familiarity among regular craft beer drinkers.

Furthermore, as reflected in the survey findings, survey respondents claimed that the term “independent/independently owned” was a very high “purchase influencer” for them.

Brager added respondents were asked:
1. How familiar they were with each of 29 terms as they relate to beer, and;
2. If they heard or saw that term in connection with a particular beer, would they be more likely, less likely, or equally as likely to purchase the beer.
With 99% of today’s 5,400+ U.S. breweries being independently owned, it is always encouraging to see surveys confirm that independence does matter.

*Regular meaning several times per month.
**The meaning of each of the 29 buzzwords was left up to the individuals responding.


An out-of-towner drove his car into a ditch in a desolated area. Luckily, a local farmer came to help with his big strong horse named Buddy. He hitched Buddy up to the car and yelled, “Pull, Nellie, pull!” Buddy didn’t move. Then the farmer hollered, “Pull, Buster, pull!” Buddy didn’t respond. Once more the farmer commanded, “Pull, Coco, pull!” Nothing. Then the farmer nonchalantly said, “Pull, Buddy, pull!” And the horse easily dragged the car out of the ditch.

The motorist was most appreciative and very curious. He asked the farmer why he called his horse by the wrong name three times.

Weekend Feature: Crisp Beer Battered Smoked Haddock w/ Minted Peas, Steak Fries & Tartar Sauce. $16.95 (Weather Permitting)

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 30

Cheesy Pepper Pot

Dagwood Club

Blackened Steak w/ Steak Fries. $16.95

Palliser Porter

Sat., July 1


Burger & a Pint. $17.95

Steak & a Pint. $18.95

Sun., July 2




Mon., July 3

Cream of Vegetable

Pulled Pork Lattice

Beef & Cheddar Pasta Bake

Cheryl’s Blonde Ale

Tues., July 4

Beef Burgundy

BBQ Smoked Chicken

Pub Food Platter

Regina Pale Ale

Wed., July 5

Chicken & Sweet Corn

Fried Steak

Seafood Salad Platter

Northern Lights Lager

Thur., July 6

Scotch Broth

Caribbean Salmon

Chicken & Feta Wellington

Dungarvon Irish Red Ale

Fri., July 7

Potato & Aged Cheddar

Honey & Herb Chicken Wrap

Chili Beef Bread Bowl

Bombay IPA

Sat., July 8


Burger & a Pint. $17.95

Steak & a Pint. $18.95

Sun., July 9


Cheese Denver

Steak & a Pint. $18.95