THE WAKKER WEEKLY – Issue # 1407


THE WAKKER WEEKLY – Issue #1407 – Posted on: 15-Jan-2018


NEWS FROM THE BUSHWAKKER BREWERY. Bushwakker head brewer, MICHAEL GAETZ, reports the big malty Scottish Ale, MACGREGOR’S WEE HEAVY, is now back on tap and in our offsale! We only see this Bushwakker anniversary brew once every two years! Hopheads will be happy to learn that another batch of SASKADIAN BLACK IPA has been brewed. The BUSHVAR CZECH PILS has seen favourable extensive aging in our beer cellar and is now on tap. Our newest fruit beer offering, BLACKBERRY STOUT, will be coming soon! The final tank of our famous BLACKBERRY MEAD is on tap! Enjoy while quantities last. We are receiving very positive feedback indicating this is one of our best mead batches in years!

Our guest tap is currently pouring the Mosaic Smash IPA from Regina’s Pile O’ Bones Brewing. Next up is the Toffee Five chocolate toffee porter from Prairie Sun Brewing in Saskatoon followed by the Uno IPA from Black Bridge Brewing in Swift Current.

Our premium wines for January are the TWIST OF FATE wines from the Okanagan. The red is a Malbec/Merlot and the white is a Pinot Grigio/Chardonnay. Both are $6.95 for a glass and $16.95 for a half litre.

Our DUNGARVON IRISH RED 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.

The Bushwakker LOCAL ARTIST WALL for the month of January features a special collection from Regina’s Birthing Artists Academy. The academy is owned and operated by Amy Dawn S. Amy’s vision is to create a world where human beings can realize their greatness through their creative potential. Birthing Artists is about inspiring potential mastery while focusing on collaboration.  She works with other artists and entrepreneurs and anyone looking for a deeper connection with their life.  As an artist she is gifted at teaching other artists and entrepreneurs how to let go and create from an innate intelligence and energy that she believes is the source of who we all are. Amy’s medium for working with others is painting although she integrates her 10 years of knowledge and wisdom in personal growth and self-development. You can apply to work with Amy through Birthing Artists Academy. The featured artists and entrepreneurs are: Cristian Barreno – http://www.cristianbarreno.comCharlotte Hauk – http://www.charlottehaukart.comLaura Stark & Christine Mazenc.

A final piece will be added to the wall very shortly. On Wednesday, January 10th a large canvas was set up by the stage for the evening’s Wednesday Night Folk night performance. A painting was created by a small group of students and artists from the Birthing Artists Academy who were collaborating a live painting while being inspired by local folk duo, The Empire Associates, and the life of Bev Robertson. The finished piece was made available for silent auction that night and 100% of the proceeds were generously given to the Allan Blair Cancer Center in Regina.

This month’s Local Artist Wall features the Birthing Artists Academy.
The wall will see the addition of a new collaborative painting which was created during the January 10th Wednesday Night Folk performance.



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 PUBThe 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 ReginaProxima Centauri is the next nearest star after the Sun, and yet it is invisible to the unaided eye. A low mass, low luminosity red dwarf star Proxima is known to be orbited by at least one Earth-mass planet and it is to be the target-star for the first interstellar space mission sponsored by the Breakthrough Starshot initiative. Proxima may be astronomically close, but it continues to deify both astronomical theory and expectation, showing many odd behaviours that astronomers are still trying to understand  – there is, indeed, more going on with Proxima Centauri than meets the human eye.

Jan. 22: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. THE MINISTRY OF GROOVE.  1970’S jazz funk and beyond. Love those horns! 8:00 PM.

Jan. 24: Wednesday Night Folk. WINTER SINGER/SONGWRITER SHOWCASE. Hear over a half dozen veteran and up-and-coming local artists including: Ben Sefton, Devon Floyd, Jay Greenman, Regan Hinchcliffe, Tom Douglas, Trent Leggott & Neil Child. 8:00 PM.

Jan 26 & 27: BEER BACON BANDS. If you enjoy beer and great live music then don’t miss out on one of the biggest parties of the winter! Three of the greatest things in life rolled up into one sudsy, salty night – a beer fest, a bacon fest and a music festival all in one! Be sure to stop by the Bushwakker booth and try this year’s festival offerings! 7:00 – 11:00 PM.

Jan 27: BUSHWAKKER 27th/ROBERT BURNS 259th BIRTHDAY BASH. Join us as we celebrate over a quarter century of award-winning beer and pub cuisine and Scotland’s favourite son, Robbie Burns. Live rollicking reels with The Tilted Kilts and The Regina Police Services Pipes & Drums, highland dancing, FREE HAGGIS, neeps and birthday cake, the tapping of the Scottish birthday firkin containing our MacGregor’s Wee Heavy infused with Robert Burns Single Malt whisky from the Isle of Arran Scottish distillery, plus Burns poetry and historical overview from Saskatchewan author and playwright, Ken Mitchell. A great way to shake those January blahs. The dance floor will be open! $5 cover charge in effect. 6:00 PM.

Jan. 29: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. JEFF MERTICK. Veteran blues act returns with his richly inspired New Orleans style of soul and blues. 8:00 PM.

Jan. 31: Wednesday Night Folk. LEXY DESJARLAIS. Bushwakker’s own bartender, server and talented guitar diva returns for an encore performance. 8:00 PM

The North American Guild of Beer Writers honoured beer journalists at a ceremony during Great American Beer Festival week. The guild recognized three articles. The Brew Brothers journalism team took 2nd place in Beer Criticism and Commentary for their article below:

The Evolving Role of Women’s Contributions to Brewing Beer

Women and female brewers have a long history in the story of beer.

In the dawn of civilized brewing, making beer was a woman’s job. It continues to be so in indigenous cultures around the world and is once again becoming an important workplace for women in the U.S., Canada and Europe.

Let’s start at the very beginning …

Early Evidence Found in China
Dr. Patrick McGovern is the world’s preeminent expert on ancient alcoholic beverages, as well as the scientific director of the Biomolecular Archaeology Laboratory for Cuisine, Fermented Beverages, and Health at the University of Pennsylvania Museum. McGovern notes that in mankind’s earliest days, “While men were out hunting, women were out gathering the ingredients they needed to make other foods and drink to go with the wooly mammoth or mastodon.”

McGovern explains the female’s role became even more critical once agriculture took hold because fermentation was often part of the food processing. Some of this fermentation was initiated by women chewing the grains to start the process.

The Ancient Beer Goddesses
The oldest extant beer recipe, written in cuneiform, dates to ancient Mesopotamia, around 1800 BCE. The Hymn to Ninkasi, the Sumerian goddess of brewing, is both a song of praise to Ninkasi and an ancient recipe for brewing.

While written down around 1800 BCE, the hymn is probably much older since archeological evidence for brewing the beer goes back to 3500-3100 BCE at the Sumerian settlement of Godin Tepe in modern-day Iran. In ancient Babylon women were bakers/brewers and also distributed the beers.

According to the preeminent beer historian Alan Eames, another Sumerian beer goddess was Siris, who watched over the daily ritual of brewing. Eames notes that only women were allowed to brew and their beers included all manner of strange ingredients such as spices, peppers, tree bark and powdered crab claws. Sounds much like modern craft brewers — except for the powered crab claws part.

Perhaps the most interesting of these brewsters was Kubaba. While the circumstances of her elevation are unknown, Kubaba is the only female listed in the Sumerian King List, compiled around 2100 BCE, and probably the first recorded woman ruler. The Sumerian King List names her as the woman tavern-keeper. Legend says she reigned for 100 years (which may be a stretch).

Eames also notes that women ran the beer halls and taverns, with the price of beer being raw grain. The Babylonian Code of Hammurabi, from about 1500-2000 BCE, harshly states that if a tavern owner (a woman) does not accept barley as the price of beer, but if she receives money and the price of the drink is less than the that of the barley, she shall be convicted and the judges shall throw the brewster into the water. It also states that if conspirators meet at a tavern but are not captured then the tavern-keeper shall be put to death. Ouch.

Ninkasi and Siris were not the only ancient brewing goddesses. Nearby Egypt had Tenerit, the goddess of beer, and Hathor, the goddess of drunkenness. Egyptian hieroglyphics show women both brewing and drinking beer.

Early Brewing Traditions in Europe
From the Middle East beer brewing spread through Egypt to Greece, where beer was a distant second favorite to strong wine; to Rome where people also preferred strong wine; and throughout Europe.

The Romans reported that traditional German societies drank ale produced by women, mainly made from fermented honey. Women in the migrating Germanic tribes often brewed in forests to avoid pillaging raiders, some of whom were Vikings.

Based on archaeological finds in Northern Bavaria, Germans were brewing beer as early as 800 BCE. This continued for centuries after the Christian era, and once again brewing was the domain of the hausfrau.

From the 8th through the 10th century Vikings rampaged throughout North Africa and Europe. Viking beer was called Aul from which we obtain the name “ale.”
According to Eames, “Viking women were the exclusive brewers in Norse society and law dictated that all brewhouse equipment remained the property of women.”
A record in England shows that women probably were the vast majority of brewers until the 13th century. These women, known as alewives, brewed beer in their kitchens.

Eames writes that, “Beer remained an essential diet and selling surplus beer became important to the economy of most households. When a housewife had extra beer to sell, an ale-stake — a long handled pole or broom handle — would be placed over the front door or in the road.”

Often there was a garland of hops atop the broomstick.

This marker continues to be seen throughout the world, especially in indigenous societies and probably is related to the brewer’s star which was hung outside pubs in Germany when fresh beer was available.

One of the regions where similar flags or notices are put out when beer is ready is Peru. The local corn-based Chicha beer is made in small homes and batches and a flag is displayed out front when Chicha is available.

A friend from our local homebrew club, who toured the Inca Trail, reports that she went off on her own for part of a day to find the local Chicha beer: “On that last day… I went for a long walk. I ended up in a village and knocked on a door that was flying the flag. When I walked back to the spa, I noticed another woman was actually making Chicha on the road and selling Chicha she made a few days earlier. This Chicha was very different because the natural microbial mixture was most likely different.”

Later her tour guide took her to a Chicha brewing friend and she reports she was told that the women enjoy the whole interaction because, “The men drink and the women laugh at them when they act silly.”

She also relates that virtually the same story exists in Nepal, according to a friend who taught her how to brew Chang, the beer of the Himalayas. Clearly, the brewing responsibility in indigenous societies comes with a bunch of societal fun for the brewing wives. READ MORE

The second half of our sixth season of Science Pub kicks off January 18th.



A young lady stops by her grandmother’s house on the way to a dance. She wants to introduce her boyfriend to her grandmother. As they are chatting, her boyfriend spies some peanuts on the coffee table. He begins munching on them as they converse.

After about an hour, they are getting ready to leave and he thanks the grandmother for her hospitality and especially for the peanuts.

“Oh, you’re welcome young man,” she says. “I appreciate you finishing them up. Ever since I lost my dentures I can only suck the chocolate off of them.”

Weekend Prime Rib & Giant Yorkie Special. 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. 


  Soup Sandwich Hot Special Beer Pairing
Fri., Jan. 12 Meatball Scotch Broth Black Forest Ham & Smoked Turkey Club Beef Shepherd’s Pie Regina Pale Ale
Sat., Jan. 13 Bushwakker Breakfast Special

Steak & a Pint. $18.95

Sun., Jan. 14 Bushwakker Breakfast Special

Steak & a Pint. $18.95

Mon., Jan. 15 Cream of Tomato Jalapeno Bacon Grilled Cheese Chicken & Mushroom Fettuccine MacGregor’s Wee Heavy
Tues., Jan. 16 Chicken Noodle Caribbean Beef Pizza. $13.95 Bourbon Beef Burger Regina Pale Ale
Wed., Jan. 17 Cream of Celery Falafel Pita Veggie Stir Fry Last Mountain Lager
Thur., Jan. 18 Beef Veggie Prime Rib Pretzel Tamarind Pork Bowl Sodbuster Brown Ale
Fri., Jan. 19 Potato Bacon Honey Mustard Turkey Wrap Blackened Fish Tacos Bushvar Czech Pils
Sat., Jan. 20 Bushwakker Breakfast Special

Steak & a Pint. $18.95

Sun., Jan. 21 Bushwakker Breakfast Special

Steak & a Pint. $18.95