THE WAKKER WEEKLY – Issue #1396 – Posted on: 30-Oct-2017


NEWS FROM THE BUSHWAKKER BREWERY. Bushwakker head brewer, MICHAEL GAETZ, reports the very popular CHICO IPA has returned as has the NORTHERN STRONG LAGER. Our autumn specialty brew, the GREAT PUMPKIN SPICED BROWN ALE, is selling nicely and will be available for our big Celtic Hallowe’en Party on October 28th. BUSHVAR CZECH PILS is working its way through the brewery. Our brand new Bushwakker fruit beer is the BERRY CHERRY BLEND. Our MISSILE “TOW” CHRISTMAS ALE has been brewed in preparation for its December 9th release. Brewer Michael is very happy with how this Christmas Ale is coming along. Our BLACKBERRY MEAD is also aging nicely in our cellar preparing for our December 2nd MEAD DAY!

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.

Tickets to our November 25th Single Malt Scotch Tasting Event go on sale Sunday, October 29th at noon! Last year all 150 tickets sold out in just 35 minutes! This year’s featured single malts include: Ardbeg Dark Cove, Edradour Ballechin, Lagavulin 8 Year, Clynelish Distiller’s Edition, Glen Scotia 15 Year and Gordon & McPhail Private Collection Tormore 2002.

2017 Bushwakker Single Malt Scotch Tasting Meal Offering

Highland Park Cornish Game HenThis popular scotch tasting meal returns! Starts with a Braised Smoked Pork Hock in a Benromach scotch
infused mushroom broth. Then enjoy a Roast Cornish Game Hen with a Highland Park scotch Chasseur sauce stuffed with wild rice and served with trio of baby beets.

Macallan Double Cask Chocolate Cherry MarquiseOne of our most elegant dessert offerings to date! A rich chocolate dessert featuring chocolate sponge cake wrapped around rich, thick, fudgey, smooth, chocolate mousse. The scotch soaked cherries take this dessert over the top! So good that it hurts!

Bushwakker 2017 Blackberry Mead Day Slogan Contest. December 2nd is fast approaching and we are looking for your input in making our annual Blackberry Mead Release Event memorable, interactive and fun! We have incorporated a number of mead slogans over the years into the design of a limited edition Bushwakker Blackberry Mead t-shirt created by local artist, Gavin de Lint. “I Feel the Need for Mead”, “Mead Makes you Strong”, “Believe in Mead”, “A Friend with Mead is a Friend Indeed” are all previous examples. Now it’s your turn! Submit your 2017 Bushwakker Blackberry Mead Day slogans to bar manager Grant at by November 11th. He and Gavin will select the “most artistically inspiring” slogan in the creation of this year’s commemorative t-shirt. The person who submits the winning submission will receive a very special Bushwakker Blackberry Mead Package valued at over $100. Send as many submissions as you wish. Hurry! #MeadDay2017

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.

Our guest tap is currently pouring Beet Picker Ale from Saskatoon’s 9 Mile Legacy Brewing; $5.95 for a half pint and $7.95 for a pint. Next up is Saskatoon Berry Saison from the Prairie Sun Brewery in Saskatoon. Following that we will offer a Sour IPA from Nokomis Craft Ales.



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!

Oct. 30: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. CALL ME MILDY. Blues/rock, slide & harmonica blues peppered with reggae-laden melodies. 8:00 PM.

Nov. 1: Wednesday Night Folk. THE STRANGE VALENTINES. An Australian and a Nova Scotian sing about the jerks in the world. 8:00 PM.

Nov. 1: MONTHLY ALES MEETING. If you are looking to improve your skills as a homebrewer then come rub elbows with some of the other enthusiastic homebrewers in your community. Each meeting features a different brewing topic as well as a featured beer style. New members are always welcome. This month’s presentation topic will be the Saison beer style, Big Brew Day tasting and Brew Day Disasters. 8:00 PM

Nov. 3: FIRST FIRKIN FRIDAY: Enjoy the pomp and circumstance of this long-standing Bushwakker monthly tradition. A keg of special beer is paraded throughout the brewpub in a procession led by a piper from The Regina Police Service Pipes & Drums. A volunteer is selected to wield the handmade wooden maul affectionately called The Mighty Firkin Wakker and attempt to tap the firkin in one mighty blow. This month’s firkin will be a special sneak peek enhanced chocolate version of our upcoming Two Sons Milk Stout. The suds-soaking spectacle takes place at 5:30 PM.

Nov. 4: SASK VS. EDMONTON. The final home game of the regular season. Kickoff is at 5:00 PM. Enjoy our gourmet EDMONTON BURGER & A PINT special for only $17.95. Come “devour” the competition!

Nov 6: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. THE U OF R JAZZ BAND. Don’t miss their final Bushwakker performance of the year. Come hear Regina’s future jazz greats! 8:00 PM.

Nov 8: Wednesday Night Folk. THE EMPIRE ASSOCIATES.  Powerful husband and wife folk duo. 8:00 PM.

Nov. 11: Open at noon on Remembrance Day.

Nov. 11: BUSHWAKKER WRITERS CORNER 2ND EDITION READING. Presented by the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild and The Bushwakker Brewpub.  Join us for this 2nd edition “launch” of the Bushwakker Writers Corner, a space dedicated to celebrating recent works of Saskatchewan published authors. Enjoy readings from six local authors including: Catherine Milos, Bill Waiser, Chelsea Coupal, Anne McDonald, Emily Eaton and James Daschuk. It has become very apparent that local authors love Bushwakker desserts so a special Bourbon Caramel Apple Strudel will be made available that afternoon. 3:00 PM.

Buy Anheuser-Busch InBev? Craft Beer Wants to ‘Take Craft Back’ 

By Jess Baker

“Take Craft Back” is a new crowdfunding campaign with the goal of buying beer giant Anheuser-Busch InBev.

Tired of seeing headlines about Big Beer gobbling up your favorite craft breweries? Then you’ll want to be part of the movement to Take Craft Back, a new crowdfunding campaign to buy Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev).

Take Craft Back has a ginormous goal: crowdsource $213 billion (yes, billion) to buy AB InBev, flipping the script on the global company that’s purchased 10 small U.S. breweries in the last six years.

The Brewers Association (BA), publishers of, announced the campaign earlier this month on behalf of the independent brewing community. The BA is very clear about the real dangers of beer consolidation, including narrowing access to raw ingredients and a heavy influence on distribution, which squeeze beer from your small, local brewers off store shelves and off draft lines.

The bottom line is this: The more of the market Big Beer controls, the more of a threat it is to small brewers and your freedom of choice as a beer lover.

“Independent craft brewers refuse to be muscled out by Big Beer,” Andy, the Take Craft Back spokesperson says, “And we are uniting on an unprecedented scale to take on Big Beer and their efforts to make it harder for beer drinkers to find their favorite independent craft beers at their favorite bars, liquor stores and restaurants.”

The website also prominently features the independent craft brewer seal, a logo the BA launched in June. The seal, which you’re beginning to see on beer packaging and brewery windows, is meant to help beer lovers know they’re buying beer from an independent brewer.

At, you can make a pledge toward the crowdfunding campaign. The campaign will only collect your money if (miraculously and against every possible odd) it hits its $213 billion goal — and the chances of that are nearly impossible; your odds of winning Powerball are higher. But you’ll get some cool merch simply for pledging your support. You can find out more about the campaign at, along with Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. We bet the #TakeCraftBack hashtag will be a fun one to watch, too.

Crowdfunding campaigns have brought oddball ideas, like the Ostrich Pillow and the Menurkey to life. As much as I like the idea of the pillow you can take anywhere and a menorah/turkey sculpture, the idea of buying AB InBev is incredibly more satisfying. Hell, not only could we Take Craft Back, but if we bought AB InBev, we could put an end to the Belgium-based brewery’s eye-roll inducing summer campaigns where they rebrand Budweiser as “America.”


I had a big argument with my wife last Hallowe’en. I yelled at her, “When you finally die, I’m getting you a headstone that says, ‘Here Lies My Wife – Cold As Ever’.”
“Yeah well,” she shouted back, “When you die, I’m getting you a headstone that says, ‘Here Lies My Husband – Stiff At Last.'”

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. 27

Zucchini & Dill

Bacon & Egg Risotto Cakes

Burger & a Pint. $17.95 

Sat., Oct. 28

Spiced Pumpkin

Cereal Killer Chicken Sandwich

Blood n’ Guts Wings. $15.95

Sun., Oct. 29


Bushwakker Hash

Steak & a Pint. $18.95

Mon., Oct. 30

Beef & French Onion

Loaded Grilled Cheese

Chicken & Leek Penne Pasta

Last Mountain Lager

Tues., Oct. 31

Chipotle Chicken

Bacon Cheddar Perogie Pizza. $13.95

Bushwakker Mixed Grill

Granny’s Bitter

Wed., Nov. 1

Navy Bean Fasolada

Roast Stuffed Peppers

Balsamic Pork Loin

Northern Strong Lager

Thur., Nov. 2

Spiced Seafood Chowder

Pulled Pork Sliders

Chili Bread Bowl

Regina Pale Ale

Fri., Nov. 3

Beef Stew

The Shanewich

Honey Roast ½ Chicken

Dungarvon Irish Red Ale

Sat., Nov. 4


Bushwakker Hash

Steak & a Pint. $18.95

Sun., Nov. 5


Bushwakker Hash

Steak & a Pint. $18.95