THE WAKKER WEEKLY – Issue # 1402


THE WAKKER WEEKLY – Issue #1402 – Posted on: 11-Dec-2017


Bushwakker Gift Ideas for the Craft Beer Enthusiast on Your List. We still have a few “Come Together, right now, over MEAD” 2017 Bushwakker Blackberry Mead commemorative t-shirts left. Bushwakker Growler Gift Boxes include your choice of a glass or stainless steel Bushwakker Joe Fafard growler, two pint glasses and a gift certificate redeemable for a growler fill. Our Christmas Variety Six-Pack includes some of our seasonal and specialty offerings including bottles of Blackberry Mead and Missiletow Christmas Ale, our ornate fancy Hop Handle Growler, 2 Glasses and a Growler Fill is also back by popular demand…and you can’t go wrong with a Bushwakker gift card!

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 and is moving quickly! Our MISSILE “TOW” CHRISTMAS ALE is ready for its December 9th release. It will be on tap and available in 650 ml glass bottles in our offsale at 11:00 AM sharp! Our famous BLACKBERRY MEAD is now on tap! We are receiving positive feedback indicating this is one of our best batches in years!

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 a New England IPA from Black Bridge Brewery in Swift Current. Next up is a Sour Amber from Nokomis Craft Ales in Nokomis, Saskatchewan.  Following that a Robust Porter from Black Bridge Brewery will be tapped.

Bushwakker-CJTR Nothing For New Year’s Dead South Contest. Our annual New Year’s Eve non-event just got even better! Reservations are now being accepted. Anyone who makes a reservation will be entered in our draw to win two tickets to see the Dead South at Casino Regina on New Year’s Eve. Draw date is December 30th. Hurry and make your dinner reservation today!

Our BUSHWAKKER LOCAL ARTS WALL featured artists for the month of December are SUSANA & RUBEN DOMARCHI. Their artist biographies are as follows:
Susana was born in Santiago, Chile and has spent most of her life in Canada. She earned a degree in International Studies at the University of Saskatchewan. Her passion for the arts comes from her mother’s side, Ana Dormarchi, and other members of her family who have been internationally recognized. Most of her work is abstract and is influenced by Chilean, Latin American and Canadian culture. She is happy to share her work with this wonderful community.

Ruben was also born in Santiago, Chile. He came to Canada in his late 20’s and was sponsored by his sister. Most of his work until recently has been very meticulous renditions of what he has observed around him. In the last two years he has focused more on contemporary works. Like his wife, Ruben’s paintings are very much influenced by Latin American and Canadian culture and he is pleased to share his works with the community.
Enjoy their vibrant and colourful works all this month!


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! Anyone who makes a reservation will be entered in our draw to win two tickets to see the Dead South at Casino Regina on New Year’s Eve. Draw date is December 30th. Hurry and make your dinner reservation today!

Beer, Barley and Breweries: Craft beer Boosts Montana Barley, Tourism

By Jonathan Knutson

Near Interstate 94 and close to the North Dakota border, Wibaux, Mont. — population about 590 — is sometimes the first or last thing in the state that travelers see. The same can be same for Wibaux’s Beaver Creek Brewery, part of Montana’s increasingly prominent Brewery Trail.

“There’s just more and more interest in craft beer, and that’s good for us and the other (Montana) breweries,” said Jayson Eslick, a Beaver Creek employee.

The Wibaux brewery reflects craft beer’s growing popularity both in Montana and nationwide. It also reflects expanded opportunity for Montana farmers who grow barley, a traditional crop that has seen major challenges in recent years.

“Barley production has been a significant industry (in Montana) for many, many years,” albeit one now facing serious concerns, said Collin Watters, executive vice president of the Montana Wheat and Barley Committee, based in Great Falls.

In recent years, however, growing demand for barley for craft beer has augmented existing demand from large brewers, countering some of those concerns, he said.
What’s a craft beer? Definitions differ. But it’s generally considered a beer made by a small, independent brewery that emphasizes quality, taste and brewing technique.

By all accounts, craft beer is a rising star, with many Americans intrigued by its promise of better, fuller taste. Two sets of numbers make the point:
• In 2016 there were 5,234 craft breweries nationwide, up from 1,977 in 2011, according to information released this spring by the Brewers Association, the trade group representing small and independent craft brewers.

• In 2016, craft beer accounted for 12.3 percent of U.S. market share by volume, up from 5.7 percent in 2011, according to the Brewers Association.
But craft beer’s once-explosive growth has slowed. Global brewers — attracted by craft  beer’s  success  —  have acquired some craft breweries, removing sales from those breweries in the craft beer category. Increasing interest in wine and spirits among young adults also is a factor.

The 12.3 percent market share by volume in 2016 was only a fractional increase from the 12.2 percent rate in 2015. That tiny increase makes it unlikely that craft beer industry will reach its goal of 20 percent share by 2020.

“The growth is tapering off,” though slower growth is welcome nonetheless, given overall flat demand for beer, Watters said.

Craft brewers use more barley to make one pint of beer than big brewers do, making craft beer even more attractive to barley growers, he said.

Montana’s craft beer industry, for its part, continues to expand. It now has 68 craft breweries, roughly double the number in 2011. And its nine breweries per 100,000 people ranks second behind only Vermont’s 10.8 breweries per 100,000 people, according to the Brewers Association.

Elsewhere in Agweek Country: Minnesota ranks 16th with 2.8 breweries per 100,000 people. South Dakota ranks 45th with 2.5 breweries per 100,000 people. North Dakota — which often leads the nation in barley production — ranks 50th with 1.9 breweries per 100,000 people.

More than 60 breweries cooperate on the Montana Brewery Trail, created in 2008 by the Montana Brewers Association. The group promotes the production and sale of Montana-made beer.

Montana breweries “all compete (for sales) but we’re friends and cooperate, too” Eslick said. READ MORE

Don’t miss the procession of a massive boar’s head
throughout the Bushwakker.


Once there was a little boy that lived in the country. They had to use an outhouse, and the little boy hated it because it was hot in the summer and cold in the winter and stank all the time. The outhouse was sitting on the bank of a creek and the boy determined that one day he would push that outhouse into the creek. One day after a spring rain, the creek was swollen so the little boy decided today was the day to push the outhouse into the creek. So he got a large stick and started pushing. Finally, the outhouse toppled into the creek and floated away. That night his dad told him they were going to the woodshed after supper. Knowing that meant a spanking, the little boy asked why.

The dad replied, “Someone pushed the outhouse into the creek today. It was you, wasn’t it son?”

The boy answered yes. Then he thought a moment and said, “Dad, I read in school today that George Washington chopped down a cherry tree and didn’t get into trouble because he told the truth.”

The dad replied, “Well, son, George Washington’s father wasn’t in the cherry tree.”

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. 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

Mon., Dec. 11

Red Pepper Bisque

Mediterranean Grilled Chicken on Multi-Grain

Chicken Parmesan

Regina Pale Ale

Tues., Dec. 12

Cream of Broccoli

Beef Philly Pizza. $13.95

Penne Carbonara

Last Mountain Lager

Wed., Dec. 13

Beef & Potato

Cordon Bleu Panini

Bourbon Burger

Two Sons Milk Stout

Thur., Dec. 14

Cheesy Pepper Pot

Hot Ham & Swiss on Rye

Beef Bourguignon

Sodbuster Brown Ale

Fri., Dec. 15

Potato Leek

Jumbo Egg Salad Wrap

Surf & Turf. $17.95

Stubblejumper Pilsner

Sat., Dec. 16


Bushwakker Breakfast

Steak & a Pint. $18.95

Sun., Dec. 17


Bushwakker Breakfast

Steak & a Pint. $18.95