THE WAKKER WEEKLY – Issue # 1428


THE WAKKER WEEKLY – Issue #1428 – Posted on: 11-Jun-2018


NEWS FROM THE BREWERY! Head brewer, MICHAEL GAETZ, reports our seasonally available CHINOOK ESB, POMEGRANATE-RASPBERRY fruit ale, BARON BOCKTWO SONS MILK STOUT and BREW & GOLD DORTMUNDER are now on tap. A batch of HARBINGER MAIBOCK, KAI’S MUNICH HELLES and “ORANGERINE” FRUIT BEER are also currently working their way through the brewery. HONEY THISTLE WIT will also soon make a triumphant return!

Our guest tap is currently pouring a Pineapple Sour from Regina’s Pile O’ Bones Brewing. This will be followed by the Bitter Orange Chocolate Belgian Ale from Saskatoon’s Paddock Wood Brewing. Then the sour parade continues with a Dark Sour from 9 Mile Legacy Brewing.

Our premium wines for the month of June are from the Trapiche Winery in Argentina. The red is their PURE BLACK MALBEC and the white is a RESERVE PINOT GRIGIO. Both are $7.95 for a glass and $22.95 for a half litre.

650 ml bottles of our number one selling DUNGARVON IRISH RED ALE are now available at the Rochdale, Emerald Park and brand new Southland Sobeys Liquor stores!

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!

“TIE ONE ON” Father’s Day Growler Gift Boxes are now available. Includes your choice of a glass or stainless steel Bushwakker growler, two Bushwakker pint glasses, a growler fill gift certificate and a swanky tie all presented in a handsome gift box. $40 and $65 each. Limited quantities available.

The Bushwakker LOCAL ARTS WALL for the month of June features the works of three talented Regina ladies including; Shiela Mitchell, Trina Wirth and Linda Tidball. It was a very enjoyable experience to watch the ladies ordering their men around as they tried to get all ten pieces hung to their spouse’s liking! Their individual artist biographies are as follows:

Shiela MitchellUpon retirement in 2003, after raising a family of four, teaching for 19 years in several Saskatchewan communities, one of my goals was to take an Art class. I had gained an interest in art while having to wear an Art Teacher hat during more than one school year. We all know that in rural Saskatchewan schools, teachers often become involved in many subject areas outside their comfort zone. This can be a good thing. I have taken some workshops and varied classes from the LLLC from inspiring professionals who have made ART their life work. Presently, I continue to paint on a regular basis with friends to share ideas, laugh and create what moves me. I have a wide and varied interest in subject matter from landscape, still life and the use of photos for inspiration. I began painting with watercolor and now work with acrylics. I love this journey of self-exploration, expression and personal growth.

Trina Wirth. I was born and raised in Regina. I am the middle child of seven. I have enjoyed art from a young age and have done many crafts such as pottery, paper tole, folk art, sewing and ceramics. In later years I started taking painting classes from local artists. I have worked with oils, mixed medium, water colours, encaustics, pastels and acrylics. I joined the Aurora Art Guild in 2012. I have shown art at the Art Gallery of Regina, Allan Blair Cancer Clinic, Innovation Place, Wascana Rehab, Bushwakker Brewpub, Roca House and the Royal Regina Golf Club. This display shows various ways that you can use acrylic paints. I like to see how the paints react in different mediums. I enjoy all styles of painting and really enjoy trying new methods.

Linda TidballI was born in Regina and continue to live in the city. I have always been interested in creating and have done many crafts over the years. After retiring from a career as a medical laboratory technologist I began cultivating an interest in art. I have taken classes in acrylics, mixed media, oils, pastels, watercolor and encaustic wax all taught by local artists as well as participating in workshops lead by visiting artists. My focus has been on still life and landscapes. My husband and I enjoy taking photographs which are inspirations for my paintings. I am currently a member of the Aurora Art Guild and enjoy working and painting with fellow artists.

Enjoy their colourful works all this month!


June 8: SASK. VS. CALGARY. Enjoy our gourmet CALGARY BURGER & A PINT feature for only $18.95 before, during or after the pre-season home game. Think of it as “devouring” the competition! Kickoff is at 7:30 PM.

June 11: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. THE JAZZ BAND-ITS. Over 20 members play big band, jazz and swing. 8:00 PM.

June 13: Wednesday Night Folk. SUN ZOOM SPARX. Will be interesting! Funk, jazz fusion, psychedelia and mid-70’s ambience. 8:00 PM.

June 14: 2018 JAZZFEST REGINA  Bushwakker Performance – THE NEW MONTAGUES.  7:00 PM. The biggest night of the year for live jazz at The Bushwakker! Their show at Bushwakker sold out last year so The New Montagues and their epic band sound are back again to hit the stage for the 10th edition of the Queen City’s very own jazz festival.  The nine-member band plays the best of funk, soul, r & b, disco and pop with hits by Stevie Wonder, The Bee Gees, The Doobie Brothers, Bruno Mars, Amy Winehouse, Earth, Wind & Fire and more. The New Montagues are one of Regina’s hottest party bands. Their amazing three-piece horn section really get things stirred up and delivers an energetic sound that will make you want to move! Rush seating tickets are $15.

June 15: SASK. VS. TORONTO. The first home game of the regular season kicks off at 7:00 PM. Be sure to enjoy our gourmet TORONTO BURGER & A PINT special for only $18.95 before, during or after the game. Best of luck in 2018 Riders!

June 18: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. ‘ROUND MIDNIGHT. Veteran Regina act plays popular jazz and adult contemporary tunes. 8:00 PM.

June 20: Wednesday Night Folk. BRADFORD. Talented duo featuring Brad Papp and Mark Radford. 8:00 PM.

Early 2018 Beer Style Trends

By Bart Watson

We’re more than a 1/3 of the way through 2018, and like every year in craft, the market continues to evolve. In this post I wanted to check in on the two style trends that Paul Gatza and I mentioned in our “State of the Industry” presentation at the Craft Brewers Conference (CBC) and see if they were continuing in the same fashion in 2018.

Looking at the year-to-date style data underlines how craft continues to diversify and bifurcate, with beer lovers who want bold, fuller-flavored hoppy styles, others who want lighter, crisp styles, and many who are likely drinking both in different occasions. As always, knowing what styles are growing nationally is irrelevant without understanding the variations in your local market and how those styles fit (or don’t) with your brewery and brands.

Hoppy Beers Still Primary Growth Driver of Craft

The first style bucket Paul and I highlighted was hoppy beers. The short answer is that they are still the primary growth driver of craft. Digging in a bit deeper, however, it’s clear that as always, hoppy innovation has shifted the growth within IPA fairly significantly in a short time.

Hazy and Juicy IPAs and Pale Ales

Let’s start by looking at hazy and juicy IPAs and pale ales. These aren’t new to the market, and many brewers have been using them as part of their brand portfolio for several years. What is new is that they are starting to get broad distribution, as opposed to just being sold directly to consumers from breweries or in very local distribution.

It’s hard to measure this style as a unified category in scan, so I built a custom aggregate of all the brands containing the words “hazy”, “juicy”, or “New England” in conjunction with another word denoting a hoppy style (pale, IPA or double word). For a style that only recently showed up in distribution, the numbers are pretty impressive. YTD (through 5/20/18) that brand set represents 1.2% of BA craft by volume in IRI scan, and 1.4% of dollars sales. From 4/2 to 5/20, those numbers rise to 1.5% and 1.8% respectively. To give some perspective, that’s bigger than pilsner within BA craft so far this year.

Fruit IPA and American Pale Ales

That’s not to say everything is rosy with hoppy beers. Fruit IPA has lost some steam (and is down year to date), and American Pale Ales are also struggling. So far the hazy/juicy/NE growth offsets those declines and then some, but some of their growth may be substitution from other hoppy styles.

American IPA

Finally, in a development that will shock no one, American IPA is still the top driver of growth. Even if we take out all of the hazy/juicy brands from American IPA, it would still be the top style growth category YTD. And that’s without counting the growth coming from large brewer acquired IPAs.

Lighter Craft Beer Styles See Continued Growth

The other bucket we presented at CBC was lighter craft styles. Here again we see continued growth, but it’s far from universal. The biggest growth styles are American Lager (IRI puts Boston Beer’s new beer Sam ‘76 in that style bucket), followed by wheat ale, blonde ale, and kolsch. Together those four styles are 40% of craft’s incremental volume growth so far YTD. Like with hoppy beers, in a world with slower growth, some of that volume is likely coming out of other style buckets and brands. BA craft pilsner is down YTD. Vienna amber or red lagers are down sharply again. Hefeweizen is down. So its clearly not an effective strategy to simply make lighter styles – the type of beer and how it is presented matters.

Even with that mixed record, I’m bullish that the larger umbrella of lighter styles and lagers will continue to grow in craft. One reason why? Craft drinkers are telling us they are more interested in these styles than they were a few years ago.

Sneak Peek at New Nielsen Survey Data

We asked 1,000+ nationally representative craft consumers what types of craft they are more or less interested in drinking versus a few years ago. The top selected style for “more interested” was “Crisp (i.e. balanced/clean beers, not too malty/hoppy),” with 47% of craft drinkers selecting the style.
More info on that finding including demographics and the comparison with other style buckets will be available soon.


A guy is stranded on an island with only a Doberman and a pig for company. There’s plenty of food and water, and the weather is beautiful, so he’s doing alright – but after a few months he gets lonely…

The pig starts to look more and more attractive – soft, pink flesh, round buttocks, etc. But every time this poor guy makes an advance towards the pig, the Doberman snarls at him and once almost bit his leg. Very frustrating.

One day the guy sees a speck on the horizon, so he swims out there and it turns out to be a dinghy, cast adrift, and in the bottom of the boat is a beautiful woman, unconscious. He drags her to shore and brings her into his hut and slowly nurses her back health. Finally she is well enough to walk and she says to him “Thank you, thank you for saving my life. I don’t know how I can ever repay you. I’ll do anything for you, anything, just name it.”

The guy thinks for a minute and says, “Would you mind taking my dog for a walk?”

Weekend Dining Feature: Smoked Pork Loin w/ Peach Chutney, Baked Beans & Zucchini Salad. $17.95 (weather permitting)

Soup & Sandwich Special is $13.95.  All hot specials are $16.95, except where noted, & include a serving of soup du jour, house, or Caesar salad.





Hot Special

Beer Pairing

Fri., June 8

Potato Bacon

Smoked Salmon Garden Salad $14.95

Burger & a Pint. $18.95

Sat., June 9


Breakfast Special

Steak & a Pint. $19.95

Sun., June 10


Breakfast Special

Steak & a Pint. $19.95

Mon., June 11

Roasted Red Pepper Bisque

Taco Bowl Salad

Blackened New York w/ Bourbon Yam Mash

Two Sons Milk Stout

Tues., June 12

Chicken Barley

Cajun Pizza

Koubassa Sauté on Egg Noodles

Last Mountain Lager

Wed., June 13

Creamy Zucchini & Dill

Beer Battered Chicken Burger

Chicken Florentine w/ Red Wine Sauce

Dungarvon Irish Red Ale

Thur., June 14

Wild Mushroom w/ Sage

Beef Po’ Boy

Asian Beef Noodle Bowl

Regina Pale Ale

Fri., June 15

Spiced Lentil & Koubassa

Dagwood Club on Multi-Grain

Burger & a Pint. $18.95

Sat., June 16


 Breakfast Special

Steak & a Pint. $19.95

Sun., June 17


Breakfast Special

Steak & a Pint. $19.95

We strive to ensure all weekly specials and soups are made available. Product shortages or unforeseen circumstances may result in modification or even substitution of certain featured menu items.