THE WAKKER WEEKLY – Issue #1383 – Posted on: 31-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 a House-Made Montreal Smoked Meat Sandwich w/ Summer Wheat Mustard. $16.95 (Weather permitting). 

Our guest tap is currently pouring a special collaboration Kellerbier involving Vancouver’s Central City Brewers & Distillers and Swift Current’s Black Bridge Brewing. This Bavarian Pilsner packs a hoppy punch! $7.95 for a pint and $5.95 for a half pint.  Up next Saskatoon’s 9 Mile Legacy Brewing returns with their Bocephus White IPA. We will then offer the Vino Lager, a Chardonnay barrel-aged Munich Helles from the District Brewing Company.

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.

Tickets are now available to our SUMMER EXOTIC FRUIT BEER TASTING EVENT which will take place on Thursday, August 10 at 7:00 PM in the Bushwakker Arizona Room. Evaluate 10 unique specialty imported fruit beers including a Guava IPA, Blueberry Saison, Passion Fruit Berliner Weisse, Cherry Quadrupel, Blood Orange Gose, Cherry Lambic, Yumberry Berliner Weisse, Blackberry Porter, Raspberry Saison and Chardonnay Barrel Aged Belgian-Style Peach Ale! Only 50 tickets will be made available. $36.95 each.

Congratulations to Michele Ailsby. She was the winner of our BUSHWAKKER BLACKBERRY MEAD PACKAGE DRAW which we conducted at the YQR Beer Festival earlier this month. Michelle won a selection of various ages of our Blackberry Mead, a Bushwakker Blackberry Mead t-shirt and some Bushwakker glassware.


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 blues-man returns for another high-energy blues performance. 8:00 PM.

Aug. 2: Wednesday Night Folk Night. THE STRANGE VALENTINES.  An Australian & a Nova Scotian sing about the jerks in the world! 8:00 PM.

Aug. 3: IPA DAY. Join us as IPA fans around the world celebrate what has become the symbolic beer of the entire craft beer movement. Our kitchen will offer a tasty feature incorporating this iconic beer style as an ingredient. Bushwakker head brewer, Michael Gaetz, will introduce his brand new MANGO IPA.

Aug. 4: 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! The suds-soaking spectacular takes place at 5:30 PM.

Aug. 5: FOOD DAY CANADA 2017. The largest food event in the country encourages people to celebrate local food and community. The Bushwakker will once again participate. Bushwakker executive Chef, Mike Monette, has sourced some fresh local bounty. Enjoy his Local Roast Half Chickenwith a melange of mushrooms, farmer’s market potatoes & vegetables.

Aug. 4 – 6: AUGUST LONG WEEKEND KEG EVENT. Receive free coasters, cups, ice and the use of a Bushwakker keg chiller tub and pump/faucet when you order any one of our four sizes of kegs for a long weekend. Place your order at least 24 hours in advance to avoid disappointment.

Aug. 7: CLOSED FOR THE HOLIDAYHappy Saskatchewan Day!

Aug. 9: Wednesday Night Folk. DALE MAC. Alt/roots-rock and blues from this talented trio. 8:00 PM.

Aug 10: SUMMER EXOTIC FRUIT BEER TASTING EVENT. Experience 10 unique specialty imported fruit beers. Tickets $36.95. 7:00 PM.

Aug 13: SASK VS. BC LIONS. We will be open at noon as we are every Sunday. Kick-off is at 6:00. Be sure to stop by the Bushwakker before, during or after the game and enjoy our gourmet BC BURGER & A PINT game day special. Come “devour” the competition!

Aug. 14: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. SMALL CITY SOUL. Talented jazz trio lead by one powerful female vocalist! 8:00 PM.

Aug. 16: Wednesday Night Folk – Special EditionJAY SEMKO. Iconic singer/songwriter from The Northern Pikes delivers a special solo show. 8:00 PM.

Aug. 18: Motherwell Red Fife Rhubarb Witbier Firkin Preview. The Bushwakker is a proud partner of Parks Canada and Living Sky Winery this summer and will once again brew the extremely popular Motherwell Homestead commemorative brew, but with a special Canadian 150th Anniversary twist! To acknowledge the fact that William Motherwell abstained from alcohol and preferred rhubarb tea, this year’s Motherwell Red Fife Witbier will utilize the historic Red Fife wheat as well as rhubarb juice from Saskatchewan’s Living Sky Winery. This special Belgian-style wheat beer will be officially released at The Symphony Under The Sky event at the Motherwell Homestead on Saturday, August 26 but you can get a sneak peek on August 19. Motherwell Homestead interpreters will be at the Bushwakker for a special Firkin Preview tapping. They will be wearing period dress, and will briefly describe the big Motherwell Threshing Day/SUTS Grand Event. 5:30 PM.

Aug. 21: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. THE JAZZ BAND-ITS.  The largest act to ever grace the Bushwakker stage plays big band, jazz and swing – loud and proud! 8:00 PM.

Independent Craft Brewer Seal Unveiled by the Brewers Association

The Brewers Association launches a seal for independent craft brewers.

Jess Baker –

How do you know if the beer you’re buying is truly from a craft brewer? The Brewers Association (BA), publishers of, is launching the independent craft brewer seal, which could be a game changer in terms of transparency on the shelf.

The BA says the new seal is a visual signal to help you make decisions when you shop.

“A lot of beer lovers really care about who makes their beer and they want to make sure it comes from a small and independent craft brewer,” explains Paul Gatza, the director of the Brewers Association. “What this provides is a clear message to the beer drinker.”

That means in the coming weeks and months, you’ll start seeing the seal on craft brewers’ beer bottles, cans, labels, tap handles and websites. The seal is your signal that the beer you’re buying is from an independent craft brewer.

The BA says global brewers’ buying spree of once-independent craft brewers in the last half decade has created muddy waters for drinkers who want to support independent brewers.

“The beer lover has a right to know when they’re purchasing a beer from an independent craft brewer or big beer.” ~Julia Herz, Publisher.

“Big beer has gotten into the full-flavored beer space and are now more regionally located with their acquired formerly independent breweries,” explains Julia Herz, director of the BA’s Craft Beer Program and publisher. “The beer lover has a right to know when they’re purchasing a beer from an independent craft brewer or big beer. This seal will allow them to make their choice with a visual mark.”

An Idea Years in the Making

Gatza says the independent craft brewer seal has been decades in the making. In 1994, a group of brewers exploring craft beer authenticity evaluated the idea of a seal but later shelved it.

A little more than a decade later (2006-2007), Gatza says the BA’s Public Relations and Marketing Committee explored the idea. Eventually, the BA Board of Directors, which is made up of brewery members, decided not to move forward with the seal. Instead, they created the craft brewer definition.

If past committees had vetoed a seal not once, but twice, what makes 2017 the right time?

“A lot of brewers have realized they want to be able to differentiate,” Gatza tells “We’re hearing from a lot of our member breweries that they are looking for something like this now.”

How Breweries Get the Seal

Craft brewers who want the seal do not have to be a BA member, but they need to meet criteria. The criteria are:

1. The brewer must fit the BA craft brewer definition:
• Small – Annual production of 6 million barrels of beer or less (approximately 3 percent of U.S. annual sales).
• Independent – Less than 25 percent of the craft brewery is owned or controlled by a beverage alcohol industry member that is not itself a craft brewer.
• Traditional – A brewer that has a majority of its total beverage alcohol volume in beers whose flavor derives from traditional or innovative brewing ingredients and their fermentation. Flavored malt beverages (FMBs) are not considered beers.

2. The brewer must have an active TTB license to commercially brew beer in the United States.

3. Breweries will sign a licensing agreement that will cover many bases, including if a brewery sells. If they are no longer a craft brewer, they aren’t allowed to license the seal. They’ll have to remove it from future packaging.

Independent Craft Brewer Seal Design

The independent craft brewer seal looks like a beer bottle flipped upside down.

“The upside down nature of the bottle is truly representative of what small and independent craft brewers have done to the U.S. beer scene,” Herz explains. “[They’ve] turned things upside down — brought back the localization of beer movement, took us toward a full-flavored beer movement for variety and choice from thousands of breweries as opposed to hundreds.”

Look for the seal this summer as craft brewers incorporate it into new bottle labels, can art and more.

Tickets Are Selling Fast. Don’t Delay!


A Quote For The Ages. Ladies, if you come across a man who is smart, hot, humble, educated, financially secure, passionate and patient, great at fixing things around the house and is not materialistic, good in bed, loves you like you are the only woman in the world, and watches you whilst you are applying your make up while listening to every word you say… then, please be assured that the weed you have just smoked is of superior quality.

Weekend BBQ Feature: House-Made Montreal Smoked Meat Sandwich w/ Summer Wheat Mustard. $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., July 28

Washington Chowder

Andouille Sausage & Bean Salad w/ Grilled Potato

Italian Sausage Ravioli w/ Fire Roasted Tomato & Bell Pepper Sauce

Dungarvon Irish Red Ale

Sat., July 29


Burger & a Pint. $17.95

Steak & a Pint. $18.95

Sun., July 30


Sausage Breakfast Bun

Steak & a Pint. $18.95

Mon., July 31

Creamy Mushroom

Asian Chicken Meatball Sub

Macaroni Carbonara

Last Mountain Lager

Tues., Aug. 1

Golden Onion & Potato

Garlic & Herb Turkey Pizza. $13.95

Roulade of Fresh Cod

Cheryl’s Blonde Ale

Wed., Aug. 2

Minestrone w/ Ham

Grilled Watermelon Salad

Bacon & Egg Risotto

Northern Lights Lager

Thur., Aug. 3


Chico Chicken Tacos

I.P.A. Shrimp Po’Boy

Mango IPA

Fri., Aug. 4

Cheesy Pepper Pot

Pesto Chicken Sandwich

Pork Cutlets

Sodbuster Brown Ale

Sat., Aug. 5


Hashbrown Omelette

Food Day Canada Roast Chicken. $18.95

Sun., Aug. 6


Bushwakker Brunch

Steak & a Pint. $18.95