THE WAKKER WEEKLY – Issue # 1433




NEWS FROM THE BREWERY! Head brewer, MICHAEL GAETZ, reports our seasonally available HARBINGER MAIBOCK, PEACH PASSION FRUIT BLONDE ALE, and TWO SONS MILK STOUT are now on tap. A batch of KAI’S MUNICH HELLES is also currently working its way through the brewery. HONEY THISTLE WIT has made its triumphant return!

Our guest tap is currently pouring the Idaho 7 Single Hop Pale Ale from Swift Current’s Black Bridge Brewery. Next up is the Rumple Plum Skin Plum Sour from Regina’s Malty National Brewing. Following that the Nokomis Craft Ales Summer Kettle Sour will be flowing.

Our premium wines for the month of July are from the VILLA TERESA WINERY in Italy. The red is their ORGANIC MERLOT and the white is an ORGANIC PINOT GRIGIO. Both are $8.95 for a glass and $24.95 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 July Bushwakker Local Arts Wall featured artist is Jennifer Corbett. Jennifer is the sister-in-law of long time Bushwakker supporter and number one local live music fan, Jeff “Redbeard” Corbett. Redbeard’s wife, Joanne Corbett, has also previously displayed her artist talents on her wall. Jeff and his family must certainly feel at home at The Bushwakker and we are pleased to showcased the works of this talented family. Jennifer’s artist bio is as follows:

My name is Jennifer Jordan. I am Jeff “Redbeard” Corbett’s sister-in-law. Jeff’s wife Joanne Corbett has previously displayed her works on the Bushwakker Local Artist Wall on a number of occasions and now I finally get my turn! I was born in Ottawa, Ontario and grew up in Regina. I graduated from Manitoba’s Red River College in 1982 with a degree in Interior Design. I was a floral designer at Buds & Blossoms and The Flower Gallery in Regina for many years. I lived in Bermuda for five years and was greatly influenced by the vibrancy of the culture and the people of the island. I have always been draw to rich colours; I even received an “A” in kindergarten for colour matching. I enjoy painting anything which evokes emotion in people and makes some sort of real connection with them. I have displayed my works in various shows with both The Aurora and

Brushworks Arts Guilds. I hope my works will draw out some latent
emotions, either good or bad, to help enhance the human experience. For artist inquiries you can reach Jennifer at Enjoy her vibrant and colourful works all this month!


July 16: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. SYNCHRONICITY JAZZ.  Talented duo delivers jazz ballads, Latin jazz and blues performed on flute & guitar. 8:00 PM.

July 18: Wednesday Night Folk.  SHAYNE LAZAROWICH & SABRINA DEMYEN. A unique Regina and Saskatoon artist double bill. 8:00 PM.

July 23: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. WHITEBOY SLIM. National award-winning bluesman returns! 8:00 PM.

July 25: Wednesday Night Folk. LIV GAINS. Ontario singer/songwriter on a Canadian tour. 8:00 PM.

July 28: SASK VS. CALGARY. Stop by before the 7:00 PM kickoff for our gourmet CALGARY BURGER & A PINT special. A great deal for only $18.95. Come “devour” the competition!

July 30: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. THE JEFF MERTICK BAND. Soulful veteran bluesman returns with a full backing band. 8:00 PM.

Aug. 1: Wednesday Night Folk. BRIAN VOLKE. Former Celtic Clutter frontman returns to Regina for a special homecoming performance. 8:00 PM.

Aug. 2: IPA DAY! West Coast IPA versus New England IPA Beer Tasting Event. Join us as IPA fans around the world celebrate what has become the symbolic beer of the entire craft beer movement. Only 50 tickets will be made available to our piney/citrusy and juicy/tropical IPA beer tasting battle. A selection of specialty imported IPAs representative of both hoppy camps will be presented. You will decide which side wins! Our kitchen will also be offering a tasty dining feature incorporating this iconic beer style as an ingredient.

Aug. 3: FIRST FIRKIN FRIDAY. Enjoy the pomp and circumstance of this long standing Bushwakker monthly tradition. A piper from the Regina Police Services Pipes and Drums leads a keg of special brew in a procession throughout the brewpub. A guest volunteer is selected to wield the handmade wooden maul affectionately referred to as The Mighty Firkin Wakker, and attempt to tap the firkin in one mighty blow. The delicious beer and suds-soaking experience takes place at 5:30 PM.

Aug. 3 – 6: AUGUST LONG WEEKEND KEG EVENT. Receive free coasters, cups, ice and the use of a Bushwakker keg chiller tub and pump/faucet when you order any one of our four sizes of kegs for a long weekend. Place your order at least 24 hours in advance to avoid disappointment.

Aug. 6: OPEN NOON TO NINE for the holiday! Happy Saskatchewan Day!

Kaljakellunta – Beer Floating

What is Kaljakellunta? Kaljakellunta, also known as “Beer Floating”, is an annual open festival originating from the Uusimaa province of Finland, where the capital city Helsinki is also located. Kaljakellunta is an event where thousands of participants float down the Kerava/Vantaa -river in various kinds of inflatable dinghies and self-built rafts, whilst getting drunk on beer. That is also where its name originates from; “Kalja“ stands for beer and “Kellunta” for floating in Finnish. The word “Kellunta” actually stands for more than just floating, as this conjugation of the verb

“Kellua” refers to an occurrence of someone floating somewhere, which is why the direct English translation sounds slightly funny. Therefore, we mostly refer to the Finnish term Kaljakellunta.
Kaljakellunta has no official organiser, but its popularity has been growing exponentially throughout the years, with over five thousand participants in 2014. The event has gained plenty of international attention in the recent years, and therefore the amount of tourists attending has increased significantly as well. Kaljakellunta has been criticised heavily for the mess it leaves behind every year, as the cleaning usually falls to the councils of Helsinki and Vantaa. Last year the councils estimated that the cleaning bill was over €40,000 in total.

However, since Kaljakellunta has no official organiser, it is practically impossible for authorities to ban the event. In Finland there is no law against unorganised public gatherings, and access to the river cannot be prohibited thanks to the Finnish “Every man’s law ” meaning that anyone may walk, swim, ski or cycle freely in the countryside where this does not harm the natural environment or the landowner, except in gardens or in the immediate vicinity of people’s homes (gardens). Fields and plantations, which may easily be harmed, may usually not be crossed except in the winter.

Where, when? Since Kaljakellunta has no official organiser, it doesn’t have any official date or floating route either. Traditionally, the festival has been carried out yearly on either the last weekend of July or the first weekend of August, with most floaters taken off before noon. The floating route, time and date vary by year and are decided through social media websites, until an agreement is reached by voting. Once the voted time and place are known to, they will be published on the main page.

As the popularity of this festival has been growing, people have started organising similar beer floating events in other towns of Finland as well, such as Oulu, Jyväskylä and Savonlinna, but these events still remain very small sized in comparison to the main event in Vantaa.
Traditional floating routes. Since 1997 the floating routes have been alternating between two routes. Route option 1 from Heureka to Kirkonkylänkoski and Route option 2 from Tammisto to the Pikkukoski beach.

History. The yearly Kaljakellunta event has been organised since 1997, originating from Rekola in Vantaa. The first ever Kaljakellunta started from a rehearsal room for bands called Vokula-house, where around 10 members decided one day to float down the river in inflatable dinghies whilst drinking beer. The second year it was organised again with twice as many people and the amount of participants started growing exponentially since. Kaljakellunta had its dedicated website from the year 2000 to 2005, until the administrators decided to dispose of it in fear of action from officials as the amount of participators had already reached thousands. The administrators were further sued in 2009 by the district prosecutor of Vantaa, accused of breaching the assembly law by organising a party without appropriate permissions. The accused referred to the freedom of speech and claimed that they had no part in organising the event, as the website was purely informational. The court ruled that the administrations had committed no crime and the charges were dropped.

Since the year 2011, the amount of participants has been as high as 5000 every year.
If you can accept missing the home football game against Calgary, the 2018 edition of Kaljakellunta will be held on Saturday, July 28th. Flights from Regina to Helsinki are indeed available so book yours now!


A few minutes before the church services started, the congregation was sitting in their pews and talking. Suddenly, Satan appeared at the front of the church.

Everyone started screaming and running for the back entrance, trampling each other in a frantic effort to get away from evil incarnate. Soon the church was empty except for one elderly gentleman who sat calmly in his pew without moving, seemingly oblivious to the fact that God’s ultimate enemy was in his presence.

So Satan walked up to the man and said, ‘Do you know who I am?’
The man replied, ‘Yep, sure do.’
‘Aren’t you afraid of me?’ Satan asked.
‘Nope, sure ain’t.’ said the man.
‘Don’t you realize I can kill you with one word?’ asked Satan.
‘Don’t doubt it for a minute’, returned the old man, in an even tone.
‘Did you know that I can cause you profound, horrifying agony for all eternity?’ persisted Satan.
‘Yep’, was the calm reply.
‘And you’re still not afraid?’ asked Satan.
‘Nope’, said the old man.

More than a little perturbed, Satan asked, ‘ Why aren’t you afraid of me?’ The man calmly replied, ‘Been married to your sister for 48 years.’

Weekend Dining Feature: Butter Herb Basted Turkey Breast w/ Cranberry Sage Gravy. $18.95 (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


Fri., July 13

Lamb Stew

Wild Boar Sliders w/ Onion Jam. $14.95

Smoked Pork Chops w/ Apple Current Sauce

Sodbuster Brown Ale

Sat., July 14


Breakfast Special

Steak& a Pint. $19.95 (NEW)


Sun., July 15


Breakfast Special

Steak& a Pint. $19.95 (NEW)


Mon., July 16

Creamy Mushroom

BBQ Ribs & Caesar Salad

Greek Platter

Cheryl’s Blonde Ale

Tues., July 17

Tomato Vegetable

Spicy Beef Pizza

Beef Ragu

Regina Pale Ale

Wed., July 18

Beef & Potato

Chi-Chi Wrap


Chico IPA

Thur., July 19

Chicken Noodle

Monte Cristo

Bison Goulash

Two Sons Milk

Fri., July 20

Creamy Cheddar Broccoli

Chicken Mango

Fresh Halibut w/Local Fresh Veggies (Market Price)

Northern Lights

Sat., July 21


Breakfast Special

Steak& a Pint. $19.95 (NEW)


Sun., July 22


Breakfast Special

Steak& a Pint. $19.95 (NEW)


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.