THE WAKKER WEEKLY – Issue #1385 – Posted on: 14-Aug-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 Applewood Smoked Pulled Pork, Jalapeno Mac N’ Cheese w/ Southwest Salad $15.95 (Weather permitting).

Our guest tap is currently pouring Vino Lager, a Chardonnay barrel-aged Munich Helles from the District Brewing Company in Regina. $7.95 for a pint and $5.95 for a half pint. Following that, Yorkton’s Back Forty Brewery will make their Bushwakker debut with their Blueberry Wheat!

Our smooth, malty and crisp Last Mountain Vienna Lager is available for growler fills at the Quance Street SLGA store in Regina for the month of August. Three other new Saskatchewan brewed beers are also available. Be sure to support this SLGA pilot program and help grow Saskatchewan craft beer!

Our premium wines for August are Vintage Ink VQA from the Okanagan. Their Rebel Red is a Shiraz/Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon and their Wild White is a Viognier/Gewurztraminer; both are $8.50 for a glass and $23.95 for a half litre.

The Bushwakker Local Arts Wall for the month of August features the works of husband and wife artists, Cristian Barreno and Addy Maldonado.

Cristian is originally from Guatemala and moved to Regina 15 years ago. He has been painting for almost 20 years and his work has evolved from painting the people and landscapes of Guatemala to a blend of multiculturalism and fantasy due the wide perspective he has gained from living in Canada. He paints predominantly with acrylics and oils and he often explores new themes or techniques in each of his pieces.

Addy is a self-taught artist born and raised in Mexico. She moved to Regina five years ago.  Addy defines her work as folk art, and the subjects of her paintings are mostly pets and nature. Her vibrant colors and designs are deeply connected with her Mexican heritage. Acrylics, watercolors and crochet are the most common media she uses.  
Enjoy the vibrant colours of this talented couple all this month!


Aug 13: SASK VS. BC LIONS. We will be open at noon as we are every Sunday AND WILL BE CLOSED AT 9:00 PM. Kick-off is at 6:00. Be sure to stop by the Bushwakker before or during 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.

Aug. 23: Wednesday Night Folk. THE EMPIRE ASSOCIATES. Talented husband and wife folk duo returns for an encore performance. 8:00 PM.

Aug. 26: Motherwell Red Fife Rhubarb Witbier Release at the Motherwell Homestead. Our Motherwell Red Fife Witbier infused with rhubarb juice from Living Sky Winery. A limited number of commemorative bottles will be produced. The label will depict an original painting of the Motherwell Homestead painted by Shannon Sambells who is William Motherwell’s great, great granddaughter. Makes a great Canadian 150th Anniversary keepsake! Will be available on tap and in bottles at The Bushwakker and at the Regina Symphony Orchestra’s Symphony Under the Sky at the Motherwell Homestead.

Aug. 28: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. TERRAPLANE. Great blues band lead by Regina’s friendliest bluesman, Shane Reoch. 8:00 PM.

Aug. 30: Wednesday Night Folk. THE SUMMER SINGER/SONGWRITER SHOWCASE. This popular event features a number of both veteran and up-and-coming Regina singer/songwriters including Tom Douglas, Devon Floyd, Trent Leggott, Regan Hinchcliffe, Mark Wilson, Neil Child and more! 8:00 PM.

Bitter Battle Between Big Beer and Craft Brewers Gets Uglier

Independent craft brewers say multinational conglomerates making it harder to tell what’s ‘true’ craft beer

By Aaron Saltzman, CBC News 

Small, independent brewers say big beer companies are stepping up a campaign to buy craft breweries and are employing other tactics that make it difficult for beer drinkers to tell if the suds they’re quaffing are actually local.
But others say it’s just good business and if the recipe and taste don’t change, what difference does it make who owns the company?

The Big Beer tactics that are vexing local, independent brewers include opening up local brew pubs, allegedly controlling beer distribution, buying up hop farms previously used by craft brewers, and even quietly buying a stake in an online beer rating website.

“There’s a lack of transparency,” said Paul Gatza, director of the Brewers Association for Small and Independent Craft brewers in the U.S.

“I think what has happened to some degree is the beer drinker just doesn’t know who is small and independent and know what is craft anymore.”

The issue is so acute in the U.S. the Brewers Association has just come out with a new seal in an effort to distinguish its members — all smaller, local producers — from the big players.

The logo features an upside down beer bottle with the words “Certified Independent Craft.”  Independent is also in a larger font, a deliberate emphasis.

“The benefit of ‘Independent’ is that it’s unassailable,” said Gatza.

“That’s the one thing that the large brewers can’t do is claim that they are independent of a large brewer so there is a purity in that word.”

The independents keep falling

That the small brewers feel the need to rebrand their product in a way they think can’t be co-opted is a testament to the level of incursion Big Beer has made in their market segment.

Behemoths like Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world’s largest brewer, have been gobbling up successful craft breweries.  According to Forbes, AB InBev boasts annual sales of $55 billion US after its merger last year with SABMiller.

AB InBev recently bought Wicked Weed, a famed craft brewery based in Asheville, N.C., the 10th craft brewery added to its stable, which includes Chicago’s Goose Island and Seattle’s Elysian Brewing.

In Canada, this trend includes Toronto’s Mill Street and Quebec’s Microbrasserie Archibald (both owned by Labatt, itself a subsidiary of AB InBev), B.C.’s Granville Island, owned by Molson Coors, as well as Quebec’s Unibroue, owned by Sapporo (which also owns Sleeman), makers of Blanche de Chambly.

“They’re buying up smaller breweries as a way to grow bigger,” said Crystal Luxmore, a beer writer and certified cicerone, or beer sommelier.

“For years, traditional beer has either flatlined or gone down,” she said.

“But craft beer as a category grows year-on-year, and I think there’s lots and lots of room to capture more market share, and so that’s why bigger breweries are going after the craft or independent brew segment.”

But it’s more than that, say small brewers.

Hidden identities?
“They portray these beers as if they come from small companies when in fact they come from very large companies,” said Gatza.

Toronto’s Summer Craft Beer Fest was on last month, featuring local, southern Ontario beers from craft brewers such as Redline Brewhouse in Barrie, Hometown Brewing of Norfolk County, Barley Days Brewery in Prince Edward County and Niagara’s Oast House.

But alongside those microbreweries are names like Labatt’s Mill Street, Creemore, owned by Molson Coors, and California’s Lagunitas Brewing company, owned by Dutch giant Heineken NV.

Organizers defended the beer selection.

“They’re still making the same beer,” said Scott Rondeau of the event’s organizer Drink Inc.

“Take Creemore: They’re still making it out of the same place. Still the same brewmaster, still the same building, still using spring water, it’s still the same people that worked there over 10 years ago.”

But craft brewers say it’s not the same.

“AB InBev has been buying out true indie craft breweries and then continuing to market them as if they’re still true indie craft breweries.” said Sam Calagione, founder of the popular Delaware craft brewery Dogfish Head Brewing, who believes the lack of transparency goes even further.

Last month Dogfish Head Brewing asked to have its beer removed from beer rating site RateBeer after word got out that ZX Ventures, backed by AB InBev, had bought a minority stake in the site last year.

“Once we found out about it we wanted nothing to do with RateBeer anymore even though our beers are very highly rated on there, because we just thought it was a massive conflict of interest.”

Buying the supply chain

Other moves that have also raised the ire of craft brewers include AB InBev’s restricting the sale of South Africa’s small but prized hops crop to its own brands, according MarketWatch.

In a statement quoted by Beer Street Journal, AB InBev said it was stopping the sale of these hops to craft brewers because of low yield.

“Unfortunately, this year we do not have enough to do so given the poor yield. More than 90 per cent of our South African-grown hops will be used in local brands Castle Lager and Castle Lite, beers we’ve committed to brewing with locally grown ingredients,” AB InBev said in a statement.

Then there was a Wall Street Journal report about an incentive plan purportedly offered by AB InBev to beer distributors to carry its own brands. Craft brewers worried it would make it harder to get their own products to market.

Fighting back
In San Diego, the beer community is in such an uproar over AB InBev’s 10 Barrel Brewing opening a brew pub, one self-proclaimed (presumably craft) beer fan started a Go Fund me campaign to fly a banner overhead that read: 10 Barrel Is Not Craft Beer.

The goal was $900.  The campaign raised $4,840.

Local beer critics claim AB InBev’s brew pub “will chip away at the local brewing community, siphoning off precious market share from other San Diego craft breweries.”

Canadian craft brewers share many of the same concerns as their American counterparts about the dilution of the term “craft beer.” But there is no comparable national craft brewers association in Canada like there is in the U.S., so there’s no organization to co-ordinate a branding campaign.

“Kind of like the VQA for wine, right?” said Jason Fisher, owner of Toronto’s Indie Ale House.  VQA Ontario is an independent authority that establishes and monitors the province’s “appellation of origin” system for wine.

“That symbol [would say] the beer is actually made where you say it’s made and made by a brewery that’s not partially owned by Molson, Labatt’s, or one of their subsidiaries,” Fisher said.

“That would be amazing. Consumers would take a little while to understand that. But the more support that goes into those types of breweries the better the beer that comes out.”

Motherwell Homestead interpreters pose with a commemorative brew at last year’s Motherwell firkin tapping preview event. They will return on Friday, August 18 to tap a Canada 150th anniversary edition firkin of MOTHERWELL RHUBARB RED FIFE WITBIER at 5:30.


A man went to church one day and afterward he stopped to shake the preacher’s hand. He said, ‘Preacher, I’ll tell you, that was a damned fine sermon.
Damned good!’
The preacher said, ‘Thank you sir, but I’d rather you didn’t use profanity.’
The man said, ‘I was so damned impressed with that sermon I put five thousand dollars in the offering plate!’
The preacher said, ‘No shit?’

Weekend BBQ Feature: Applewood Smoked Pulled Pork, Jalapeno Mac N’ Cheese w/ Southwest Salad $15.95 (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., Aug. 11

Lemon Chicken Rice

Grilled Veggie

Bratwurst Sliders

Sodbuster Brown Ale

Sat., Aug. 12


Breakfast Belly Buster

Steak & a Pint. $18.95

Sun., Aug. 13


Burger & a Pint. $17.95

Steak & a Pint. $18.95

Mon., Aug. 14

Sausage & Bean

Pulled Pork Rillettes

Beef Bourguignon

Sodbuster Brown Ale

Tues., Aug. 15

Beef Mac n’ Cheese

Montreal Smoked Pizza. $13.95

Linguini Pomodoro

Premium Pale Ale

Wed., Aug. 16

Italian Wedding

Chicken Pasta Salad

Beef & Black Bean Stir-fry

Harbinger Maibock

Thur., Aug. 17

Asian Vegetable Broth

Turkey, Brie & Cranberry Panini

Brown Sugar Pork Belly

Last Mountain Lager

Fri., Aug. 18

Pork & Onion


Coffee Rubbed Bison Tenderloin. $17.95

Palliser Porter

Sat., Aug. 19


Black Forest Ham Skillet

Steak & a Pint. $18.95

Sun., Aug. 20


Breakfast on a Bun

Steak & a Pint. $18.95