THE WAKKER WEEKLY – Issue # 1401


THE WAKKER WEEKLY – Issue #1401 – Posted on: 04-Dec-2017


The Robertson family and their extended Bushwakker family wish to offer their sincere gratitude for the many heartfelt condolences they received concerning the passing of Bushwakker co-founder and president, Dr. Bev Robertson. We are pleased to announce that $5,000 was generated in sales at a celebration of Bev’s life on Monday, November 27th and will be donated to the Allan Blair Cancer Centre in Regina.  

Welcome to the 1401st edition of our weekly Bushwakker newsletter! What was originally known as The Bushfax has now become The Wakker Weekly. Over 800 subscribers receive our electronic newsletter every Friday morning at 6:00 AM. Hard copies of this newsletter are also found on the front counter in the brewpub. We thank all of you for your faithful readership since 1991. We also invite you to keep up on our day to day activities by following us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or our Untappd social media pages. If you have any suggestions regarding our communication content, please share your thoughts with Bushwakker bar and marketing manager, Grant Frew, at

Bushwakker Prime Rib Weekends Return! Back by popular demand! Our melt-in-your-mouth, low-and-slow roasted prime rib dinners with jumbo Yorkshire pudding have returned. And Sunday suppers just got a whole lot better at the Bushwakker! Choose from either an 8 oz. or a 10 oz. cut. Prime rib is definitely one of Bushwakker executive chef Mike’s specialties.

NEWS FROM THE BUSHWAKKER BREWERY. Bushwakker head brewer, MICHAEL GAETZ, reports the very popular TWO SONS MILK STOUT is receiving rave reviews and is moving quickly. Good thing he made a double batch!  The BUSHVAR CZECH PILS has been aging nicely in our beer cellar and will come on tap following the NORTHERN STRONG LAGER. Our brand new Bushwakker fruit beer, PEACH PASSIONFRUIT ALE has made its world debut! Our MISSILE “TOW” CHRISTMAS ALE is almost ready for its December 9th release. The BLACKBERRY MEAD is now ready for our big December 2nd MEAD DAY!

The talents of our Bushwakker kitchen team continue to expand! Long-time Bushwakker cook, Robert Ulrich, has started his own gourmet sausage business called Wurst Creations. Some of his sausages will be featured in upcoming Bushwakker daily specials. If you are interested in ordering some of Robert’s creations for your home kitchen you can contact him at

1. Gordon & McPhail Private Collection Tormore 2002 – 38.50
2. Ardbeg Dark Cove – 34.96
3. Edradiur Ballechin 10 Year – 33.6
4. Lagavulin 8 Year – 32.43
5. Clynelish Distiller’s Edition – 32.3
6. Glen Scotia 15 Year – 31.40

Our premium wines for December are the MENAGE A TROIS wines from California. The red is a Merlot/Cabernet/Petit Sirah/Petit Verdot and the white is a Pinot Grigio. Both are $8.50 for a glass and $23.95 for a half litre.

Our guest tap is currently pouring the Gossip New England style IPA from Regina’s Malty National Brewing. Next up is Backroads Coffee Porter from 9 Mile Legacy Brewing in Saskatoon following by another New England IPA from Black Bridge Brewery in Swift Current.

Our first ever Blackberry Mead Day T-shirt Slogan Contest was a huge success! Thank you for the many, many clever and witty submissions we received. Although there were many contenders, the slogan that resonated with us the best was submitted by Jennifer Cheney. Her slogan was “Come together, right now…over MEAD!”. Congratulations Jennifer, you are the winner of the Bushwakker Blackberry Mead Package valued at over $100! Be sure to look for our new 2017 limited edition “Bee-tles” Bushwakker Blackberry Mead t-shirts on Saturday, December 2nd!


Dec 1: 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 Spiced Black Rum version of our upcoming Missiletow Christmas Ale. The suds-soaking spectacle takes place at 5:30 PM.

Dec. 2: 2017 BLACKBERRY MEAD RELEASE We spend all year making our famous blackberry-infused Lumsden Valley honey nectar. An exotic elixir unlike any other. A new Bushwakker Mead Day “early bird” record was broken last year when eager customers began lining up at 3:45 on the Friday afternoon and camped out for over 19 hours. Some brought lawn chairs, some brought patio heaters, some brought sleeping bags, some brought heated ice fishing huts, some even brought BBQs and made bacon and eggs! Bushwakker head brewer, Michael Gaetz brings out cups of hot chocolate to those waiting in the line. We open our doors at 11:00 AM and in just a few hours all the bottles are snapped up by the legion of devoted Bushwakker Blackberry Mead fans. The supply of mead on tap usually lasts throughout the holiday season. Our limited edition 2017 “Blackberry Mead T-Shirt Slogan” contest winning t-shirts will also be available. The shirt image depicts the “Bee-tles.” Come Together, Right Now…Over MEAD!

Dec. 4: Monday Night jazz & Blues. ‘ROUND MIDNIGHT. Popular veteran Regina group plays popular jazz tines. 8:00 PM.

Dec. 6: Wednesday Night Folk. RON LOOS. Veteran guitarman returns to display his fine plucking skills and off-centred humour. 8:00 PM.

Dec. 6: MONTHLY ALES MEETING. New members are always welcome! Come down to the Bushwakker basement clubroom and sit in on a meeting with other homebrewers of all skill levels. Discover what the Ale & Lager Enthusiasts of Saskatchewan Homebrewing Club can offer you. This month’s “meading” topic of discussion is Mead including a special presentation from Shlomo Silverman of the Saskatchewan Beekeepers Association. 8:00 PM.

Dec. 9: ANNUAL “MISSILE”TOW CHRISTMAS ALE RELEASE. Avid fans of our “other” Christmas specialty brew look forward to this day every year.
Only one tank of our winter warmer is produced annually. Rich malt flavours with plenty of depth and complexity. The perfect ale to sip on whilst curled up with a good book in front of a fireplace on a cold Saskatchewan winter night. We hope this special ale will last on tap until Christmas but the limited number of bottles will most likely be sold out in the blink of an eye. See you at 11:00!

Dec. 11: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. THE MINISTRY OF GROOVE. Popular act plays great 1970’s jazz funk and more! 8:00 PM.

Dec. 13: Wednesday Night Folk – Special Christmas EditionTHE REGINA MALE VOICE CHOIR Christmas concert featuring The Boar’s Head Carol. Get into the holiday spirit with this one hour concert featuring Canada’s longest continuously performing male voice choir. The singing of the Boar’s Head Carol whilst a massive boar’s head is paraded throughout the pub is the highlight of the evening. 8:00 PM.

Dec. 18: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. CALL ME MILDY. Blues/rock, slide & harmonica blues peppered with reggae-laden melodies. 8:00 PM.

Dec. 20: Wednesday Night Folk – Special Christmas EditionTHE DICKENS YULETIDE SINGERS. Join us at 8:00 PM for this one hour Christmas concert delivered by this talented group appearing in Victorian dress. 8:00 PM.

Dec. 24: CHRISTMAS EVE. Open from noon until 5:00 PM. Stop by for a growler fill, a snack or some offsale bottles.

Dec. 25: CLOSED. Merry Christmas! Thank you for your continued enthusiastic support and all the best to you and yours this holiday season!

Dec. 27: Wednesday Night Folk. BILLARNEY. Huge acoustic Celtic band returns for a mid-holiday week ceilidh! 8:00 PM.

Dec. 31: Nothing For New Year’s 12. Over a decade ago we offered you a simple formulated event and you loved it. No noise makers, no escalated drink prices, no cover charge, no midnight champagne, no dancing, no line-ups, no hassle, no problem! Come spend a relaxing evening at the good ‘ol Bushwakker as we welcome 2018. Perhaps try Chef Mike’s special prime rib and jumbo Yorkshire pudding New Year’s Eve dinner. What a meal to finish off the year!

The Other Reformation: How Martin Luther Changed Our Beer, Too

By Nina Martyris

Five hundred years ago, an obscure Saxon monk launched a protest movement against the Catholic Church that would transform Europe. Martin Luther’s Protestant Reformation changed not just the way Europeans lived, worshipped, worked and created art but also how they ate and drank. For among the things it impacted was a drink beloved throughout the world and especially in Luther’s native Germany: beer.

The change in beer production was wrought by the pale green conical flower of a wildly prolific plant — hops.

Every hip craft brewery today peddling expensive hoppy beers owes a debt of gratitude to Luther and his followers for promoting the use of hops as an act of rebellion against the Catholic Church. But why did Protestants decide to embrace this pretty flower, and what did it have to do with religious rebellion?

Therein foams a bitter pint of history.

In the 16th century, the Catholic Church had a stranglehold on beer production, since it held the monopoly on gruit — the mixture of herbs and botanicals (sweet gale, mug wort, yarrow, ground ivy, heather, rosemary, juniper berries, ginger, cinnamon) used to flavor and preserve beer. Hops, however, were not taxed. Considered undesirable weeds, they grew plentifully and vigorously — their invasive nature captured by their melodic Latin name, Humulus lupulus (which the music-loving Luther would have loved), which means “climbing wolf.”

“The church didn’t like hops,” says William Bostwick, the beer critic for The Wall Street Journal and author of The Brewer’s Tale: A History of the World According to Beer. “One reason was that the 12th century German mystic and abbess Hildegard had pronounced that hops were not very good for you, because they ‘make the soul of a man sad and weigh down his inner organs.’ So, if you were a Protestant brewer and wanted to thumb your nose at Catholicism, you used hops instead of herbs.”

Recipes For Reformation: A Menu To Mark Martin Luther

Even before the Reformation, German princes had been moving toward hops — in 1516, for instance, a Bavarian law mandated that beer could be made only with hops, water and barley. But Luther’s revolt gave the weed a significant boost. The fact that hops were tax-free constituted only part of the draw. Hops had other qualities that appealed to the new movement; chiefly, their excellent preservative qualities. “All herbs and spices have preservative qualities, but with hops, beer could travel really well, so it became a unit of international trade that symbolized the growing business class, which was tangentially connected with the Protestant work ethic and capitalism,” says Bostwick.

Another virtue in hops’ favor was their sedative properties. The mystic Hildegard was right in saying hops weighed down one’s innards. “I sleep six or seven hours running, and afterwards two or three. I am sure it is owing to the beer,” wrote Luther to his wife, Katharina, from the town of Torgau, renowned for its beer. The soporific, mellowing effect of hops might seem like a drawback, but in fact it offered a welcome alternative to many of the spices and herbs used by the church that had hallucinogenic and aphrodisiacal properties. “Fueled by these potent concoctions, church ales could be as boisterous as the Germanic drinking bouts church elders once frowned on,” writes Bostwick. “And so, to distance themselves further from papal excesses, when Protestants drank beer they preferred it hopped.”

If the Catholic Church lost control over the printed word with the invention of the printing press — the technological weapon that ensured Luther’s success — it lost control over beer with the rise of hops. “The head went flat on monastic beer,” says Bostwick. “Did Protestantism explicitly promote hops? I don’t think so. But did it encourage the use of hops? I would say, yes, probably.”

Luther would have relished his role in promoting hops. If anyone loved and appreciated good beer, it was this stout, sensual and gregarious monk. His letters often mentioned beer, whether it was the delicious Torgau beer that he extolled as finer than wine or the “nasty” Dessau beer that made him long for Katharina’s homebrew. “I keep thinking what good wine and beer I have at home, as well as a beautiful wife,” he wrote. “You would do well to send me over my whole cellar of wine and a bottle of thy beer.” Days before he died, in February 1546, in one of his last letters to his wife, he praised Naumburg beer for its laxative properties. Luther suffered excruciating agonies from constipation, and it was therefore with immense satisfaction that he announced his “three bowel movements” that morning.

In an age where the water was unsafe, beer was drunk by everyone and was the nutritional and social fuel of Germany. “It was a really natural and very common part of every household pantry,” says Bostwick. “I compare it these days to a pot of coffee always simmering on your countertop. Back then it was a kettle of beer. Beer was brewed less for pure enjoyment than for medicinal reasons (it incorporated herbs and spices) and for pure sustenance. Beers then were richer and heartier than today. They were a source of calories for the lower classes who did not have access to rich foods.”

The winner of our Bushwakker Blackberry Mead T-Shirt Slogan Contest was Jennifer Cheney. The limited edition 2017 Bushwakker Blackberry Mead “COME TOGETHER, RIGHT NOW, OVER MEAD” by The Bee-tles t-shirts will go on sale at 11:00 AM on #MeadDay2017 this Saturday at 11:00 AM.


A man goes into the hospital for a vasectomy. When he wakes up he’s surrounded by several anxious looking doctors and asks nervously “Is there a problem?” The head surgeon says gently, with tears in his eyes “I’m afraid so…I’m sorry but your notes got mixed up and we’ve given you a sex change rather than a vasectomy”
The patient is devastated and shockingly replies “Do you mean to say I’ll never experience another erection?”
The surgeon pauses for a moment then says “Well, you might, but it won’t be yours.”

Our Weekend Prime Rib & Giant Yorkie Special Returns. 8 oz – $21.95 & 10 oz – $25.95

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., Dec. 1

Smoked Salmon & Corn Chowder

Dagwood Club

Roast Pork Loin w/ Chasseur Sauce

Sodbuster Brown Ale

Sat., Dec. 2


Bushwakker Breakfast

Steak & a Pint. $18.95

Sun., Dec. 3


Bushwakker Breakfast

Steak & a Pint. $18.95

Mon., Dec. 4

Cream of Cauliflower & Cheddar

Chicken Pecan Salad Ciabatta

Flank Steak Sandwich w/ Spinach Salad

Palliser Porter

Tues., Dec. 5

Turkey Noodle

Beef Burrito Pizza. $13.95

Chicken Pot Pie

Regina Pale Ale

Wed., Dec. 6

Curries Chicken & Pea

Lamb Pita

Stuffed Prime Rib Yorkie

Two Sons Milk Stout

Thur., Dec. 7

Creamy Vegetable

Fish & Chip Burger. $13.95


Dungarvon Irish Red Ale

Fri., Dec. 8

Pork Hock Scotch Broth

Pulled Pork Flautas

Seafood Mixed Grill

Northern Lights Lager

Sat., Dec. 9


Breakfast Special

Steak & a Pint. $18.95

Sun., Dec. 10


Breakfast Special

Steak & a Pint. $18.95