THE WAKKER WEEKLY – Issue # 1404


THE WAKKER WEEKLY – Issue #1404 – Posted on: 25-Dec-2017


Holiday Hours: Christmas Eve – open noon to 5:00 PM, Christmas Day – closed, Boxing Day – open 11:00 AM to midnight, New Year’s Eve – open noon to close, New Year’s Day – closed.

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. Our Bushwakker Growler Gift Boxes include your choice of a glass or stainless steel Joe Fafard/Bushwakker growler, two pint glasses and a gift certificate redeemable for a growler fill. Our very popular Christmas Variety Six-Packs include some of our seasonal and specialty offerings including a bottle of Blackberry Mead and “Missile”tow Christmas Ale. Our Festive Fancy Hop Handle Growler Package contains two Koblenz-style Joe Fafard/Bushwakker glasses and a certificate for a growler fill. And Bushwakker Gift Cards always make great stocking stuffers!

NEWS FROM THE BUSHWAKKER BREWERY. Bushwakker head brewer, MICHAEL GAETZ, reports the big malty Scottish Ale, MACGREGOR’S WEE HEAVY, will be back soon. We only see this Bushwakker anniversary brew once every two years! The holiday seasonal “MISSILE”TOW CHRISTMAS ALE is receiving rave reviews and is moving quickly. The BUSHVAR CZECH PILS has been aging nicely in our beer cellar and will come on tap following the NORTHERN STRONG LAGER. Our PEACH PASSION FRUIT ALE is now gone. Look forward to our BLACKBERRY STOUTcoming soon! Our famous BLACKBERRY MEAD is also now on tap! We are receiving very positive feedback indicating this is one of our best mead batches in years! Both our Mead and “Missile”tow are available in our CHRISTMAS VARIETY SIX – PACKS.

Our Sodbuster Brown Ale is now available for growler fills at the Quance Street SLGA store in Regina. Three other fine Saskatchewan craft beers are also available. Enjoy them for a limited time!

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.

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 premium wines for December are the MENAGE A TROIS wines from California. The red is called Midnight and 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 Moose Tracks Hazelnut Espresso Stout from Saskatoon’s Prairie Sun Brewery. Next up is a Bourbon Barrel-Aged Munich Dunkel from Regina’s District Brewing Company.


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: CLOSEDMerry 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!

Jan. 1: Closed For The Holiday. Happy New Year! Best wishes for good health and happiness in 2018!

Jan. 3: Wednesday Night Folk. BRADFORD. Talented acoustic folk duo featuring Brad Papp and Mark Radford. 8:00 PM.

Jan. 3: MONTHLY ALES MEETING. So you received a shiny new home brewing kit for Christmas but want to make sure you produce some top quality suds? Be sure to sit in on a meeting with some of the most enthusiastic homebrewers in the city and learn a thing or two on how to take your homebrewing skills to the next level. New members are always welcome. This month’s presentation topics include: Porters/Stouts and Specialty Grains/Malts. Meeting are held in the Bushwakker basement clubroom on the first Wednesday of the month at 8:00 PM.

Jan. 5: FIRST FRIKIN FRIDAY. Kick off your new year with a “bang!” 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. The suds-soaking spectacle takes place at 5:30 PM.

Jan. 8: Monday Jazz & Blues. THE JAZZ BAND-ITS. The largest band to ever grace the Bushwakker stage plays big band, jazz and swing. 8:00 PM.

Jan. 10: Wednesday Night Folk – special editionTHE EMPIRE ASSOCIATES. Powerful husband and wife duo return for an encore performance. A large canvas will be set up by the stage that night and a painting will be created before your very eyes by Birthing Artists. Birthing Artists is a creative self- development company owned and operated by Amy Dawn S.  Still in its “birthing phases”, Amy’s vision is to bring artists, entrepreneurs and humans together to raise their creative potential. A small group of students and artists from Birthing Artists Academy will be collaborating a live painting while being inspired by the Empire Associates and the life of Bev Robertson. The finished piece will be available for silent auctioning and 100% of the proceeds will be generously given to the Allan Blair Cancer Center in Regina. Please join us and experience live art in celebration of loved ones and of life. 8:00 PM.

Jan. 15: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. A STORRY WITH HUGHES. Talented rockin’ acoustic blues duo featuring Jeff Storry and Billy Hughes. 8:00 PM.

Jan. 17: Wednesday Night Folk. THE RED WAGON GYPSIES. An unplugged a cappella/acoustic blend of sister-like harmonies. 8:00 PM.

Jan. 18: SCIENCE PUB. The Mysteries of Proxima Centauri. 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. Martin Beech, Adjunct Professor, Campion College, University of Regina. 

Peak Beer? Why Some are Worried the Craft-Brewing Craze Could Flood the Market

There aren’t enough taps for all the new brews, stakeholders say

By Aaron Saltzman, CBC News  

The number of new breweries and the amount of new beer coming on stream has some analysts wondering if we’ve hit ‘peak beer.’

Hundreds of people across Canada have poured into the craft beer business, but some experts say the newcomers may be betting big on a product that’s pushing close to the limits of its popularity.

And all that new beer runs the risk of flooding the market.

“The data would show that we are actually starting to achieve or reach peak beer, or market saturation,” said Larry Plummer, an assistant professor of entrepreneurship at Western University’s Ivey Business School who studies the beer market in North America.

He said the number of new breweries in Canada has more than doubled over the past five years to nearly 800. That includes craft breweries, microbreweries and brew pubs.

“I don’t think the [growth] is sustainable,” said Plummer, who is one of three co-authors of a 2016 case study on entrepreneurship in the craft beer industry.
“If you assume each of those breweries is going to be offering at least 10 to 20 beers — some of them are offering as many as 50 — you’re talking about a really crowded market space for new entrants to be competitive.”

Alberta Tells the Story Best

Some Canadian markets are becoming more crowded than others.

In Alberta, the growth in new breweries has been faster than the national pace, increasing from 19 in the province in 2013 to 68 today, with more in development or under construction.

Much of the growth in Alberta stems from a change in regulation. The province used to require that breweries produce at least 500,000 litres of beer per year before they could sell commercially.

But the province scrapped that rule in 2013.

Suddenly, no matter how small the operation, anyone could market and sell their beer. Homebrewers, beer-lovers, entrepreneurs and others started up breweries.

“On one hand, I’m excited and optimistic because [craft] beer is growing. It’s exciting,” said Charlie Bredo, founder and co-owner of Red Deer’s Troubled Monk Brewing.

“But, on the other side of the spectrum, its basic supply and demand; you have too many suppliers and not enough demand.

“I’m absolutely concerned.”

While craft beer continues to be the biggest driver of new sales in the Canadian beer market, there are signs some of that frothy growth may start to go flat.

According to Beer Canada, the trade association for Canada’s beer industry, the most recent data shows overall domestic beer sales are down 1.6 per cent so far this year compared to 2016. READ MORE


Three men die on Christmas Eve and go to heaven, where they’re met by Saint Peter. “In order to get in,” he tells them, “you must each produce something representative of the holidays.”
The first man digs into his pockets and pulls out a match and lights it.
“This represents a candle of hope.” Impressed, Peter lets him in.
The second man pulls out a tangle of keys and shakes them. “These are bells.” He’s allowed in too.
“So,” Peter says to the third man, “what do you have?”
The third man proudly shows him a pair of red panties.
“What do these have to do with Christmas?” asks Peter.
“They’re Carol’s.”

Weekend Prime Rib & Giant Yorkie Special. 8 oz – $21.95 & 10 oz – $25.95 **Not Available Sunday, December 24th** 

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.