THE WAKKER WEEKLY – Issue # 1435


THE WAKKER WEEKLY – Issue #1435 – Posted on: 30-Jul-2018


NEWS FROM THE BREWERY! Head brewer, Michael Gaetz, reports our seasonally available HONEY THISTLE WIT, HARBINGER MAIBOCK, PEACH PASSION FRUIT BLONDE ALE, and TWO SONS MILK STOUT are now on tap. A batch of KAI’S MUNICH HELLES and CHICO LIGHT SESSION IPAare also currently working their way through the brewery. SUMMER WHEAT will soon make its triumphant return!

Our guest tap is currently pouring the Pile O’ Bones Brewing Centennial SMASH. This single malt and single hop ale utilizes malt from Saskatchewan’s newest maltster, Maker’s Malt, located near Rosthern, Saskatchewan. Following that we will pour the 2018 Canadian Craft Brewing Awards gold medal winning Churchill Brewing Sundog Belgian Witbier.

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.

Our number one selling DUNGARVON IRISH RED ALE is currently available at the Quance Street SLGA store Growler Filling Station.

The latest local author to be featured in our BUSHWAKKER WRITERS CORNER is GORD HUNTER. Gord recently held a successful book launch in the Bushwakker Arizona Room. Gord has been a long-time supporter of The Bushwakker and we are pleased to share his talents with you. Be sure to browse through the copy of his book or one of the many other Saskatchewan author publications showcased in our Local Writer’s Corner found in the northwest area of the brewpub.

Gord Hunter was born in Grand-Mère, Quebec. He has, over the years, lived in six different provinces from Nova Scotia to British Columbia. As a result, he stubbornly refuses to be classified as a regional Canadian. He has lived in Regina for almost 20 years. He has worked as a sailor, a landscaper, a freelance gaffer on a film crew, a radio producer, an announcer, a video tape editor and a television director. He served as the National President of NABET, a broadcast trade union, and was the National Vice-President for Media Workers for the Communications Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada. As a representative for those trade unions, he negotiated many collective agreements in a wide variety of industries, mostly in Western Canada and was responsible for the union’s communications needs in Alberta and Saskatchewan. He retired in 2008 and his current interests beyond family are photography, politics, travel, reading, cooking, single malts, badminton, floor hockey and good craft beer. Gord Hunter served in Canada’s Cold War Navy from 1962 until 1970. No-Badge Killick is his first full length book.

SYNOPSIS – I was 17 years old the summer of 1962. I had no summer job, my high school suggested we were both wasting our time and they thought I should pursue other options. My father agreed. There weren’t many options available for me but, ready for change, I took the bull by the horns and joined the Royal Canadian Navy.

No Badge Killick is about those years. It was a journey that began as a young naive recruit and ended eight years later as a seasoned leading seaman. A submariner in Canada’s Cold War Navy. The book begins with the Cuban Missile Crisis and ends as the Western World’s frosty relationship with the Soviet Union was beginning to thaw. It follows the modernization of the Royal Canadian Navy as the older World War Fleet was replaced with ships designed and built in Canadian shipyards and technologies developed to be effective in the unforgiving North Atlantic. It looks at the tension between the Pearson Government and the Navy’s opposition to the integration of Canada’s Armed Forces.



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! Join us as IPA fans around the world celebrate what has become the symbolic beer of the entire craft beer movement. Tickets to our August 2nd WEST COAST VS. NEW ENGLAND STYLE IPA BEER TASTING are now on sale! Evaluate eight special order hoppy brews and you decide the winning style. Will it be the old school, bold, piney and citrusy West Coast IPA team or the new world, hazy, juicy and tropical New England team? Only 50 tickets will be made available. $24.95 each. Don’t miss out on our annual beer tasting event! 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. Hopheads rejoice! In acknowledgement of the IPA Day festivities taking place the previous day, the August firkin offering will be an AZACCA DRY-HOPPED IPA. The Azacca hop profile is described as being intense and tropical. Sustained impressions of citrus and very ripe mango, with notes of orchard fruit and pine needles. The delicious 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!

Aug. 8: Wednesday Night Folk – Special Edition. JON BROOKS. Toronto artist holds the dubious record of most nominations for “Songwriter of the Year” at the Canadian Folk Music Awards. 8:00 PM.

Aug. 13: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. 8’S ENUFF. Mini big band packs a powerful punch. 8:00 PM.

Aug. 15: Wednesday Night Folk. ZULU PANDA & JOSH GONZOLES. A talented double bill featuring both a local and a touring artist. 8:00 PM.

Aug. 17: MOTHERWELL RHUBARB RED FIFE WITBIER “SNEAK PEEK” FIRKIN at 5:30 PM. The Bushwakker is a proud partner of Parks Canada and Living Sky Winery this summer and will once again brew the extremely popular Motherwell Homestead commemorative brew. To acknowledge the fact that William Motherwell abstained from alcohol and preferred rhubarb tea, the Motherwell Red Fife Witbier will utilize the historic Red Fife wheat as well as rhubarb juice from Saskatchewan’s Living Sky Winery. Motherwell Homestead interpreters will be at the Bushwakker for a special Firkin Preview tapping. They will be wearing period dress, and will briefly describe the big Motherwell Threshing Day/Symphony Under The Sky event which will take place just outside of Abernethy, Saskatchewan on Saturday, August 25th where this unique Belgian-style wheat beer will be officially released. A limited number of commemorative bottles will be produced and made available on August 25th. The label will depict an original painting of the Motherwell Homestead drawn by Shannon Sambells who is William Motherwell’s great, great granddaughter. Makes a great Saskatchewan keepsake!

Aug. 19: SASK VS. CALGARY. We open at noon for the first Sunday football contest of the season. Enjoy our gourmet CALGARY BURGER & A PINT game day feature for only $18.95 before the 5:00 PM kickoff.

Aug. 20: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. THE MINISTRY OF GROOVE. Fine 1970’s jazz funk and beyond with a great horn section. 8:00 PM.

Aug. 22: Wednesday Night Folk. THE RED WAGON GYPSIES. Acapella/acoustic harmonies from Angela Ell and Tamara Scrimbit. It doesn’t get more “folkier” than this! 8:00 PM.

Aug. 25: Motherwell Red Fife Rhubarb Witbier Release at the Motherwell Homestead. Our Motherwell Red Fife Witbier infused with rhubarb juice from Living Sky Winery. A limited number of commemorative bottles will be produced. The label will depict an original painting of the Motherwell Homestead painted by Shannon Sambells who is William Motherwell’s great, great granddaughter. Will be available on tap and in bottles at The Bushwakker and at the Regina Symphony Orchestra’s Symphony Under the Sky at the Motherwell Homestead.

The Scientific Case for Drinking Beer Outdoors

Take it outside, psychologists and brewers agree.       By Lauren Vinopal

The difference between a good beer and a great beer could be the door that hits you on your way out to take a swig. There’s just something about having a cold one outside that makes the overall experience, including the taste itself, more enjoyable, experts agree. By taking the beer out of the kitchen or the bar, it becomes more celebratory, yet rebellious in nature — both aspects of life that busy parents could use more of.

“People have better associations with being outside, so their mood is generally higher,” Matthew Johnson, a professor of psychology at Hult International Business School in San Francisco, told Fatherly. The indoors, on the other hand, conjures memories of work, deadlines, responsibilities.

“Having a unique experience can galvanize the pleasure response, so you would enjoy a beer a bit more by being outside.”

When people don’t drink too often or too much, a few beers can go a long way toward creating a pleasurable, relaxing experience. Alcohol kicks off a healthy release of endorphins, and a dopamine response along the reward pathways of the brain, research shows. There is also evidence that alcohol inhibits the central nervous system’s ability to respond to stress, which may explain why alcohol, in moderation, helps you unwind.

When you then take that experience outdoors, you get the added benefit of vitamin D, which helps to boost mood, immunity, and even weight loss, Johnson says. “I would imagine that this general phenomenon of alcohol reducing stress is compounded by being outside, given the positive associations we have,” he says.

Individuals who have had positive experiences with the outdoors are most likely to benefit from sipping a cold one in their backyards, Ryan Daley, a Master Cicerone and Senior Educator at Anheuser-Busch, told Fatherly. “Most people are already feeling great being outdoors, soaking up the sun, and hanging out with family and friends,” he says. “This is why drinking beer in the summertime is so enjoyable.” Daley says beers that incorporate summers smells such as flowers, fruits, grills, and even sunscreen, to maximize the experience. He says beer styles such as kölsche, session IPAs, saisons, goses, and dark milds are all good options.

Beyond positive associations with nature, Johnson suspects that there’s something sweetly transgressive about drinking outdoors, especially in areas that have laws prohibiting it. But it’s not just the fear of getting reprimanded by a beach cop that motivates the rush. Perhaps the most important association people have with drinking outside is that it typically occurs during special occasions. A drink on your porch reminds you of a drink at a sprawling, outdoor family reunion, and helps reproduce those pleasurable feelings.

It’s not simply that the ambience of nature helps enhance what’s great about beer, but what’s great about beer also enhances what is great about the outdoors. It’s a better party when they both show up together.

“The primary reason why we beer would enhance the feeling of being outside is because both mirror the same, desirable emotions,” Johnson says. “The outside environment physically resembles the emotions we typically enjoy through alcohol, like being uninhibited and unconstrained.”

A large number of former Bushwakker servers will be meeting at The Bushwakker on Friday, July 27th for a Bushwakker Server’s Reunion. Be sure to stop by that night to relive a “blast from the past” with almost 30 servers spanning our 27 year history.



All MacGregor asked for was a wee good-night kiss, but Bonnie haughtily rebuffed him with, “I don’t do that sort of thing on me first date lad!”
“Ay then,” MacGregor replied with sarcasm, “how about on your last date?”

Weekend Dining Feature: Smoked Chicken w/ Market Vegetables. $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., July 27

Washington Chowder

Ham & Swiss Asparagus Grill

Beef Rendang w/ Basmati

Honey Thistle Wit

Sat., July 28


Calgary Burger & a Pint. $18.95

Steak & a Pint. $19.95 (NEW)

Sun., July 29


Breakfast Special

Steak & a Pint. $19.95 (NEW)

Mon., July 30


Pesto Chicken

Sirloin Steak w/ Peppercorn Sauce

Palliser Porter

Tues., July 31

Turkey Noodle

Pulled Pork & Apple Pizza

Chicken & Sausage Gumbo

Regina Pale Ale

Wed., Aug. 1

Steak & Potato


Pork Ramen

Sodbuster Brown Ale

Thur., Aug. 2

IPA Smoked Gouda & Bacon

IPA Halibut Sandwich. $14.95

IPA Thai Chicken Curry

Chico IPA

Fri., Aug. 3

Seafood Chowder

Italian Clubhouse

Braised Short Rib w/ Garlic Mash

Harbinger Maibock

Sat., Aug. 4

Market Veggie

Food Day Breakfast

Food Day Canada Special

Sun., Aug. 5


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.