THE WAKKER WEEKLY – Issue #1394 – Posted on: 16-Oct-2017


NEWS FROM THE BUSHWAKKER BREWERY. Bushwakker head brewer, MICHAEL GAETZ, reports when our Oktoberfest beer, HARVEST LAGER, runs out the NORTHERN STRONG LAGER will return. Our autumn specialty brew, the GREAT PUMPKIN SPICED BROWN ALE, was released at 11:00 AM on Saturday, October 7th. A number of people were waiting in line at opening and almost half of our supply of offsale bottles sold in just 30 minutes. Perhaps there still is some life left in the pumpkin beer craze after all! BUSHVAR CZECH PILS and another double batch of CHICO IPAare working their way through the brewery. Our very popular BLOOD ORANGE BLONDE ALE has returned. Our MISSILE “TOW” CHRISTMAS ALE will be brewed very soon in preparation for its December 9th release. Our BLACKBERRY MEAD is also aging nicely in our cellar preparing for our December 2nd MEAD DAY!

Our guest tap is currently pouring a Black Currant Kettle Sour from Nokomis Craft Ales in Nokomis, Saskatchewan; $5.95 for a half pint and $7.95 for a pint. Next up is a Double IPA from Black Bridge Brewing in Swift Current, Saskatchewan.

Our premium wines for October are the INVISIBULL WINES from BC. The red is a Malbec and the white is a Sauvignon Blanc. Both are $7.50 for a glass and $19.95 for a half litre.

Bushwakker Brewpub’s Writers Corner Seeks Books! Our 2nd Edition Writers Corner Launch will take place on Saturday, November 11 at 3:00 PM. We are seeking donations of recent publications (2015-2017 publication dates) from Saskatchewan authors (all genres) to help expand our library within the Writers Corner. The goal is to gradually increase the size of the library each year. More book shelves will be installed as the number of books increases. The books in the corner library will be available for patrons interested in reading works by local authors and the books are to remain in the brewpub at all times. To be considered for the library, books must be a minimum of 40 pages and professionally bound. Please drop off a copy of your recently published book (along with purchasing information which can be shared with brewpub patrons) to Grant Frew at Bushwakker. You can email Grant at Rotating individual author biographies and brief book synopsis are featured in the brewpub’s weekly newsletter and social media channels on a regular basis.

The Bushwakker October LOCAL ARTS WALL will feature the works of Patti Shaw from October 7 to November 4. Her artist bio is as follows:

Although I’m Ontario born, I feel like I’m from Saskatchewan. I’ve lived here for three quarters of my life. I reside in Weyburn, Saskatchewan where I’ve raised my three beautiful children. I use my art on canvas as an outlet to express how I’m feeling with what I envision. Sometimes some of my pieces may seem a little unusual but that’s what makes my artwork unique. I’ve an unusual way of coming up with my ideas for my pieces, I dream about them then hurry to write them down when I wake. I use the images from my dreams and create. I thoroughly enjoy how my paintings come to life as they change from start to finish. My love of art spans from a lifetime of visual images of everywhere my eyes can see and not see through my crazy imagination. I’ve always loved how I can focus on something and see the various colours and tones in any given object or piece of scenery. As for my future thoughts for my pieces, well, I have also started sculpting with various clays and I’m enjoying what’s developing. I will continue my eclectic paintings but will always search for new knowledge in different mediums to bring forth many more creations to come!


Oct. 13: SASK VS. OTTAWA. Kickoff is at 8:00 PM. Enjoy our gourmet OTTAWA BURGER & A PINT special for only $17.95. Think of it as “devouring” the competition!

Oct. 14: GOLD MEDAL “PINTS.” The Bushwakker has been invited to participate in a celebration of the best in Canadian beer being held at the Delta Regina Marriott. Gold Medal Pints is an invitation-only showcase and cross-Canada beer competition. A national panel of beer experts headed by global beer authority and World Atlas of Beer co-author, Stephen Beaumont, has chosen our PALLISER PORTER as among the top five beers in our region.

Oct. 16: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. THE MINISTRY OF GROOVE. Great 1970’s jazz funk and beyond! 8:00 PM.

Oct. 19: HEALTH SCIENCE PUB. Post-Traumatic Stress & Public Safety: Breaking the Silence, Challenging the Stigma. Our wildly popular Science Pub Series has returned for a sixth incredible season! Enjoy lectures on scientific topics of general interest in our Arizona Room (main floor banquet room) over beer and snacks. The room opens at 5:00 PM and quite often is full by 6:00 PM. Avoid disappointment and come down early for dinner and a pint before the presentation which begins at 7:00 PM. This month’s lecture will be presented by Dr. Nick Carleton, Professor of Psychology, University of Regina and Dr. Nick Jones, Associate Professor of Justice Studies, University of Regina. Nick Carleton will showcase the recently released results of the national survey assessing the mental health of first responders and other public safety personnel. This data shows that PTSD poses a serious concern for the health of public safety workers. Nick Jones will discuss the potential implications of these results in terms of how we train public safety personnel and how we provide ongoing support. In both instances the  talks will highlight some of the structural factors that may be influencing public safety mental health.

Oct. 23: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. ‘ROUND MIDNIGHT. Veteran Regina act plays great jazz standards. 8:00 PM.

Oct. 25: Wednesday Night Folk. THE LINCOLN LOGGERS. Lumberjack themed band plays crowd pleasing covers, catchy sing along songs & comical original tunes. 8:00 PM.

Oct. 27: SASK VS. MONTREAL. Kickoff is at 7:30 PM. Enjoy our gourmet MONTREAL BURGER & A PINT special for only $17.95. Come “devour” the competition!

Oct. 28: ANNUAL CELTIC HALLOWE’EN PARTY. Win a $100 Bushwakker gift card in our costume contest; enjoy a pint of GREAT PUMPKIN SPICED BROWN ALE, devilishly delicious food specials and great live Celtic music with one of Regina’s newest Celtic bands, WEST OF MABOU. One of CBC Saskatchewan’s 2017 Artists to Watch, West of Mabou performs lively dance music steeped in the rich traditions of Scottish and Cape Breton fiddle and pipe tunes. The band unites the talents of Scott Benson (fiddle), Roberta Wallace (fiddle), Alex Rasmussen (pipes/whistles), Justin Easton (guitar), and Jared Dormer (drums). Each of the members is an experienced performer in their own right, having performed at festivals, competitions, pubs, and ceilidhs around the world, including the World Pipe Band Championships, Canmore Highland Games, Western Canadian Music Awards, Canada Cup of Curling, and Ford World Men’s Curling Championships. Band starts at 8:00 PM. Costume contest at 9:30 PM. $5 cover charge in effect. To get a taste of West of Mabou’s talents visit this link:

Oct. 29: TICKETS TO THE BUSHWAKKER 29TH SINGLE MALT SCOTCH TASTING EVENT GO ON SALE AT NOON! Come get in line early! Last year all 150 tickets sold out in only 35 minutes!

By the Numbers: How Big is the Great American Beer Festival?

With GABF recently returning to Denver, we put together a (mostly true, slightly humorous) breakdown of the nation’s largest brewing festival.  

By Mike Tish

The Great American Beer Festival returned to Denver for its 36th year earlier this month. The festival has come a long way since it debuted at the Harvest House Hotel in Boulder in 1982. Back then, GABF brought 24 breweries together and attracted a crowd of 800 people. This year, there are more than 800 participating breweries. Below, we’ve rounded up some fascinating numbers to give you a behind-the-scenes look at America’s biggest beer fest.

255: The number of minutes that it took for this year’s festival to sell out of tickets. That’s nearly four times longer than it took last year (67 minutes) and more than three times longer than it took in 2015 (77 minutes).

178 tons: The amount of ice needed to keep the beer cold throughout the festival. By comparison, a standard school bus weighs about five tons, so imagine more than 35 school buses—all made of ice.

40 miles of beer lines in the festival hall. If the lines were laid out on I-70 due west, they would stretch eight miles beyond Idaho Springs.
1 ounce per taste, which may seem like a small amount of beer, but be sure to pace your consumption. This marathon of a fest runs four-and-a-half hours—and those little sips add up quick.

At least 5: The number of drunk texts you’re sure to send your ex if you decide to sprint this beer-drinking marathon.

79 percent: The number of breweries at GABF carrying the Brewers Association’s Independent Craft Seal. In a year where a record-setting 850 breweries are participating in the festival, suffice it to say independent brewers still rule at GABF.

3,277: The distance (in miles) that Maui Brewing Company—the farthest brewery from Denver at GABF—traveled to make the festival. Be sure to pay MBC a visit at booth M5.

: Festival volunteers who make GABF possible every year. For perspective, Century Link, one of Denver’s largest employers, has a staff of about 4,000 people.
6,350,748: Total ounces of beer. In case you were wondering, that equals more than 7,000 kegs. Divided up evenly between festival attendees, that amounts to about 105 ounces of beer per person over the course of GABF.

100 percent: The chances you’ll “never wear one of those hideous pretzel necklaces.”

Also, 100 percent: The chances you’ll change your mind after several beers and realize pretzel-themed clothing is actually the real MVP of the festival.


A man asks a farmer near a field, “Sorry sir, would you mind if I crossed your field instead of going around it? You see, I have to catch the 4:23 train.”
The farmer says, “Sure, go right ahead. And if my bull sees you, you’ll even catch the 4:11 one.”

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., Oct. 13

Asian Chicken Noodle

Dagwood Club

Burger & a Pint. $17.95

Sat., Oct. 14


Breakfast Pizza. $13.95

Steak & a Pint. $18.95

Sun., Oct. 15


Stuffed Breakfast Crepes

Steak & a Pint. $18.95

Mon., Oct. 16

Carrot & Ginger

Jalapeno BLT Club

Beef & Bell Pepper Macaroni

Granny’s Bitter

Tues., Oct. 17

Creamy Potato & Leek

BBQ Smoked Beef. $13.95

Chicken Cordon Bleu

Dungarvon Irish Red Ale

Wed., Oct. 18

Curried Beef & Lentil

Pulled Chipotle Lime Chicken

Dijon & Herb Pork Chops

Last Mountain Lager

Thur., Oct. 19

Chicken & Bean Chowder

Trio of Tacos

Chimichurri Flank Steak Sandwich

Wheat Soup

Fri., Oct. 20

Pork Minestrone

California Roll Wrap

Cajun Beef Stew

Sodbuster Brown Ale

Sat., Oct. 21


Breakfast Quesadilla

Steak & a Pint. $18.95

Sun., Oct. 22


Basin Street Eggs

Steak & a Pint. $18.95