THE WAKKER WEEKLY – Issue #1386 – Posted on: 21-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 Cedar Plank Steelhead Trout w/ Cilantro-Lime Rice, Sautéed Apple & Radicchio w/ Avocado Salsa $16.95 (Weather permitting).

NEWS FROM THE BUSHWAKKER BREWERY. A double batch of our new CHICO LIGHT SESSION IPA is now on tap and in our offsale. A very drinkable IPA at only 4.6 % ABV with plenty of hop character enhanced by the use of our Hop Torpedo. It is also available for growler fills. Our brand new STRAZZBERRY BLONDE ALE continues to receive rave reviews from our growing legion of fruit beer fans. Bushwakker head brewer, Michael Gaetz, also reports his brand new NORTHERN STRONG LAGER (a bigger version of our Northern Lights Lager) is working its way through the brewery.

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. Next up Yorkton’s Back Forty Brewery will make their Bushwakker debut with their Blueberry Wheat! Following that the Oatmeal Session Pale Ale from Swift Current’s Black Bridge Brewery will be tapped.

Bushwakker Summer Exotic Fruit Beer Tasting Event Results  (Scores out of 50)
1. Bushwakker Strazzberry Blonde Ale………………… 42.76
2. Cannery Thornless Blackberry Porter……….….……41.51
3. Van Honsebrouck Kasteel Rouge………………………40.98
4. Oud Beersel Oude Kriek Vieille…………………..…….38.71
5. Coronado Guava Islander IPA……………………………37.78
6. Mikkeller Drink’in Berliner Passionfruit…………….34.93
7. Anderson Valley Blood Orange Gose..…………..….34.23
8. Dunham Saison Framboise……………………………….34.21
9. Bruery Terreux Frucht – Yumberry ……………..…….32.42
10. To Øl Mr. Blue ……………………………………..…………..31.52
11. Epic Brainless on Peaches……………………..………….31.23

Congratulations to Bushwakker head brewer Michael Gaetz for finishing at the top!

Our brand new STRAZZBERRY BLONDE ALE is now available in our offsale! In keeping with Bushwakker family tradition, office manager, Kristen Welisch (Michael’s sister), served as the inspiration for our new fruit beer label.

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.


Aug. 18: Motherwell Red Fife Rhubarb Witbier Firkin Preview. The Bushwakker is a proud partner with 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.

Sept. 1: 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.

Sept. 1 – 4: LABOUR DAY 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.

Sept. 2, 3 & 4: LABOUR DAY CLASSIC THREE-DAY BURGER BATTLE. We welcome our many Manitoba friends who make their annual pilgrimage to the Bushwakker and (the new) Mosaic stadium. Sorry, no Saskatchewan craft beer at the stadium yet folks! This is also the only weekend of the year where you can choose from either our Winnipeg Burger & a Pint feature or our Saskatchewan Burger & a Pint feature. History has shown that the burger which sells the best prior to the game is a strong indicator as to which team will win the Labour Day Classic!

Sept. 3: THE LABOUR DAY CLASSIC. Can Team Green produce a Labour Day Classic win this year? Join the Sea of Green at the Bushwakker at 11:00 AM for our Saskatchewan Burger & a Pint or a Winnipeg Burger & a Pint feature and to discuss the probable outcome before the 2:00 PM kick-off. Meet “Back at the Bush” to conduct your post-game analysis.

Sept. 4: OPEN LABOUR DAY MONDAY. Monday Night Jazz & Blues. ‘ROUND MIDNIGHT. Popular act plays popular jazz and popular adult contemporary tunes. 8:00 PM.

Does Independent Craft Really Need a Seal?

By Jason Foster

The Brewers’ Association (BA) in the U.S. has just launched a “Certified Independent Craft Brewer” seal. The seal, an upside down bottle indicating certified independence, is designed to identify which breweries in the States are not owned by one of the big corporate breweries. The BA says more than 1500 breweries have signed onto the certification, placing the seal somewhere on their packaging. The seal is a clear response by BA to the big boys’ recent efforts to buy up successful craft brewers as well as to launch their own pseudo-craft brands to compete against authentic craft brewers.

On the surface it seems like a good idea – find a way to differentiate real craft from pseudo-craft and give consumers an easy-to-find marker to establish authenticity. Organic and fair trade products have been doing this for years, quite successfully. Consumers know which labels mean something and therefore the system is more legitimate and reliable all around.

In that context an independent craft brewery certification seal makes sense. It is a way to quickly demarcate real craft from faux craft.

Maybe. But overall I believe it is a misguided strategy that obfuscates certain hard facts about the beer industry. Allow me to summarize a few of my concerns.
First, there is the issue of definition. What exactly does “independent” mean? For the BA it means no more than 25% of the brewery can be owned by a non-craft brewer. Is that truly independent? Case in point, last week news broke that Heineken, through wholly-owned Lagunitas, is buying a 20% stake in Michigan brewery Short’s Brewing. By the BA definition, Short’s continues to be considered “independent” despite their new corporate partners. I am somewhat dubious.

The BA also has a size requirement, kind of. To be eligible you must produce less than six million barrels (about 7.2 million HL) of beer annually. That is a lot of beer. To put it in perspective that limit is more than three times the annual production of the Edmonton Labatt plant. At that size, is the independence of the ownership the most important factor in determining if the brewery is legitimately craft or not?

Second, and this really is the core of my concern, is that the seal ignores fundamental realities of the beer industry – that it is a capitalist venture. The vast majority of BA members are corporations (there are a handful of co-operatives and employee-owned breweries). They are for-profit enterprises which (hopefully) generate value and revenue for their owners. They don’t produce beer for the good of the community, but to make money.

What, at its core, is the difference between a large, multi-national corporation and a relatively small, independent corporation, other than scale? What happens when that independent corporation becomes rather large, such as Boston Beer Co.? Does that change the picture?

Let me immediately contradict my own point by highlighting that I do think there is a difference. The ABInbev’s of the world are transactional enterprises first and beer-makers second. An independent brewery is still about beer first and foremost, and that matters. Craft brewers are, for the most part, about building a culture of beer, which also matters.
I support fair trade and organic certification because they tell me something specific and significant about the product. The certification verifies that it was produced ethically/without pesticides/etc. I can then make my choice. What does an independent seal on my beer really tell me? It tells me it is not owned by one of the big corporate brewers, that is all.

For some that is enough. And fair enough.

For me it isn’t though. What matters more is that the brewery is anchored in a community. That they come from the community and produce beer for people in the community. That connection is more important than ownership, at the end of the day.

Emphasizing local still locks out the corporate brewers, who long since traded in their community cards for global dominance, but it also allows the consumer to make cleaner distinctions about other aspects of the beer.

Promoting the independent ownership of craft brewers isn’t a bad thing. I am supportive of almost anything that undermines the hegemony of the corporate brewers. But I find the BA’s efforts on this front to be more than a little misleading. They are trading on the public’s image of craft brewers as small, local and plucky. The reality is that many of the players in the industry (including Canada), they have long moved past that stage. And having done so, the line between them and the big corporate brewers is thinner than the BA would like to admit.

The Bushwakker celebrates Canada’s 150th anniversary with a limited edition collaborative brew. Only 400 bottles will be filled and a small amount will be available on tap. Official release date: Sat., Aug. 26. Firkin preview tapping date: Fri, Aug., 18 at 5:30.

TIME OUT- Hair Spray

A little boy and his grandfather are working in the garden in the backyard. The little boy finds an earthworm trying to get back into its hole. He says, “Grandpa, I bet I can put that worm back in that hole.” The grandfather replies, “I’ll bet you five dollars you can’t. It’s too wiggly and limp to put back in that little hole.”
The little boy runs into the house and comes back out with a can of hairspray. He sprays the worm until it is straight and stiff as a board. Then he puts the worm back into the hole.
The grandfather hands the little boy five dollars, grabs the hairspray, and runs into the house. Thirty minutes later the grandfather comes back out and hands the little boy another five dollars. The little boy says,
“Grandpa, you already gave me five dollars.”
The grandfather replies, “I know. That’s from your grandma.”

Weekend BBQ Feature:  Cedar Plank Steelhead Trout w/ Cilantro-Lime Rice, Sautéed Apple & Radicchio w/ Avocado Salsa $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., 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

Mon., Aug. 21

Beef Stew

Loaded Grilled Cheese

Fettucine Bolognaise

Regina Pale Ale

Tues., Aug. 22

Ham &Split Pea

BBQ Chicken Pizza. $13.95

Greek Beef Sauté

Chico Light IPA

Wed., Aug. 23

Broccoli Cheddar

Beer Battered Chicken

Pulled Pork Pancakes

Last Mountain Lager

Thur., Aug. 24

Atlantic Seafood Chowder

Ploughman’s Lunch

Bacon Wrapped Chicken Pascal

Premium Pale Ale

Fri., Aug. 25

Creamy Tomato Herb

Bushwakker Cold Meat Salad

Roast ½ Chicken w/ Honey & Garlic

Mango IPA

Sat., Aug. 26


Chicken & Waffles

Steak & a Pint. $18.95

Sun., Aug. 27


Stuffed French Toast

Steak & a Pint. $18.95