THE WAKKER WEEKLY – Issue # 1437


THE WAKKER WEEKLY – Issue #1437 – Posted on: 13-Aug-2018


NEWS FROM THE BREWERY! Head brewer, Michael Gaetz, reports our seasonally available HARBINGER MAIBOCK and TWO SONS MILK STOUT are now on tap. SUMMER WHEAT has made its triumphant return! Our brand new PINEAPPLE MANGO BLONDE ALE is now here! A batch of KAI’S MUNICH HELLES and CHICO LIGHT SESSION IPA are also currently working their way through the brewery.

Our guest tap is currently pouring the 2018 Canadian Craft Brewing Awards gold medal winning Churchill Brewing Sundog Belgian Witbier from Saskatoon. Upcoming guest draughts include a Seabuckthorn Mixed Fermentation from the Black Bridge Brewery in Swift Current, Saskatoonberry Sour from Nokomis Craft Ales, Pineapple Express from Saskatoon’s Prairie Sun Brewery and Cranberry Sour from Regina’s Pile O’ Bones Brewing.

Our August premium red wine feature is ERRAZURIZ ESTATE CARMENERE from Chile. The white is FAT BIRD MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC from New Zealand. Both are $7.95 for a glass and $21.95 for a half litre.

650ml glass bottles of our number one selling DUNGARVON IRISH RED ALE are currently available at the Quance Street SLGA store.

Results from our August 2nd IPA Day WEST COAST VS. NEW ENGLAND IPA TASTING event are as follows. Scores are out of 50 points.
1. Bushwakker Chico IPA…………………………………40.80
2. Omnipollo Nebuchadnezzar Imperial IPA…..37.12
3. Driftwood Fat Tug IPA……………………………..….35.60
4. Steamworks Flagship IPA …………….……………..34.57
5. Lighthouse Shipwreck IPA ………………………….34.22
6. Blindman New England Pale Ale………………….32.55
7. Fernie Hit The Deck Hazy IPA..…………………….32.33
8. Bridge The Fuzz Milkshake IPA……………….……32.28
9. Beau’s Full Time IPA…………………………………….31.93

The Bushwakker LOCAL ARTIST WALL for the month of August features the works of HALEY GARTNER. In addition to being a talented artist, Haley is a former Bushwakker server. Her artist bio is as follows:

Haley Gartner is a University of Regina Fine Art alumni. During her degree she experimented with multiple mediums and techniques; charcoal, pencil, pen, acrylic paint, sculpture paintings, bronze working, wood working, ceramics, and many others. But her heart fell into oil painting. Now she focuses on landscapes based from her home city Regina, Saskatchewan. Finding the simplicity, and vastness both inspiring and humbling. Now she is back in school for Graphic Design at Regina Sask PolyTechnic so she paints for herself most days, unless it is a commission. 

To explore Haley’s talents even further please visit her website at


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!

Staff members from the Motherwell Homestead will be participating in a special preview firkin tapping of the 2018 Motherwell Rhubarb Red Fife Witbier at 5:30 PM on Friday, August 17th.

Aug. 19SASK 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.

Aug. 27: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. CALL ME MILDY. Blues/rock, slide & harmonica blues peppered with reggae-laden melodies. We don’t get a chance to hear this act often so don’t miss this rare opportunity! 8:00 PM.

Aug. 29: Wednesday Night Folk. WINNIE BRAVE. Alberta touring folk duo plays classic folk, country, classic rock and mid-century pop. 8:00 PM.

We still have a few weeks left to get away for a summer beer-cation. If you are planning on heading south this month, there are some great Craft Beer Trails you may wish to visit.

Fifteen Unique American Ale Trails

by Bryan Richards

Five years ago, an ale trail was a novelty. You might visit some breweries, collect stamps in a brewery-, tourism board- or Brewers Guild-sanctioned Passport, and come home with a t-shirt or some other trinket showing  that you completed said trail. Today, it seems like every city, state, or region boasting more than one brewery has an ale trail. With so many boasting more than one brewery has an ale trail. With so many options as everyone vies for your beercation dollars, it’s hard to discern which are worthy of your PTO hours and which aren’t.

Thankfully, competition sparks creativity and innovation. Organizers are now moving beyond the “go here and have a flight” mantra of the ale trail trend in its infancy, and are hopping up their beer destination offerings through technology – such as apps and interactive maps – and by including local attractions and food hotspots. From coast to coast, here are 15 unique U.S. Ale Trails.

Nothing sells an ale trail better than the ability to visit breweries car-free. “You can make the journey part of your Craft Crawl experience with the free Link light rail train in downtown Tacoma,” says Matt Wakefield, Travel Tacoma communications manager. Seven of the breweries on the South Sound Craft Crawl are within walking distance of “rail to ale” stops. During the summer, a weekend trolley extends the car-free experience to several breweries with restaurants on the scenic waterfront.

“Our breweries love to play with decidedly different flavor creations,” says Moira Davin, director of marketing and communications for Experience Olympia & Beyond. “Whether it’s a beer made with rhubarb, basil or farm-fresh local cucumbers or strawberries, our brewers are always thinking outside the box.” A local favorite is Engine House No. 9’s Wild Tacoma Bing Cherry Wild Ale brewed with Central Washington cherries.

There are so many reasons to trek the Bend Ale Trail. First, Bend is one of the original cities in the country to blaze an ale trail. Second, Bend has more breweries per capita than any other city in Oregon, and two-thirds of those breweries are within walking distance of each other. Third, the city has been named Beer Town, USA how many times?

Highlights on the Bend Ale Trail include Deschutes Brewery Pub, where the famed brewery got its start; Immersion Brewing, where you can learn to homebrew and actually take home beer that day with the brewery’s pay-it-forward program; and the McMenamins Old St. Francis Pub, Hotel and Brewery, a 1930s school that has been transformed (and also includes a movie theater and soaking pool).

Flagstaff is an example of an already popular destination augmenting its vacation experience with local breweries via the Flagstaff-Grand Canyon Ale Trail, which runs through Flagstaff, Williams and Sedona. The area draws tourists with its natural beauty, abundance of outdoor activities and proximity to the Grand Canyon. Cap your day of rock climbing in Red Rock State Park with a roasty and hearty Nut Brown Ale from Oak Creek Brewing Co.

The Flagstaff-Grand Canyon Ale Trail passport costs around $6 with proceeds helping fund Quality Connections, a non-profit dedicated to helping individuals with disabilities obtain job training and employment opportunities.

In planning the North Lake Tahoo Ale Trail, “we wanted to ensure a strong link to North Lake Tahoe by connecting the various hiking, biking and paddling trails found throughout the region to various brewpubs and restaurants, capturing what makes this area unique,” says Andy Chapman, president and CEO of the Incline Village Crystal Bay Visitors Bureau. “In a sense, we have connected the best watering holes at the end of the dusty trail.”

The interactive map highlights various trails and routes to follow ‒ including difficulty level ‒ with nearby libation hotspots to help refresh you when the adventure is over (or you just need a break). Celebrate biking the Tahoe Rim Trail with a Hop Song West Coast IPA brewed with a rye kick at Tahoe Mountain Brewing, wrap up paddle boarding with drinks on a floating bar at Pier 111, or kick back after kayaking on Lake Tahoe’s clear blue water with a tart and funky Strawberry Funkmobile Saison at Alibi Ale Works.

And yes, green chilies even work their way into beer. Pecan Grill & Brewery works roasted chiles into their D’s Green Chile Lager for a libation that produces heavy pepper notes without too much spice. Don’t worry, there are plenty of non-chile beers as well. Expect lots of wheats, pale ales and pilsners to match the desert climate.

Colorado Springs Crafts and Drafts Passport combines your traditional passport stamps for a prize with digital coupons redeemable at 24 different stops along the trail. Those stops include not only breweries, but also a whiskey producer, coffee roaster and vodka distiller.

“Many of our stops have patios with impeccable views,” says Chelsy Offutt, director of communications for Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Owners are often onsite and happy to talk about their passion for craft beverages, and it’s an easy way to discover a new favorite place.” The trail is an education into craft beverages as much as it is a way to enjoy Colorado Springs’ scenery. And did we mention free beer? A number of participating locations include BOGO offers or a free beer with a minimal purchase.

In Grand Rapids, you’re not just another beer tourist; you become a Brewsader through their Beer City Brewsader Passport. Collect eight stamps in your passport or eight check-ins via their mobile app from a choice of more than 35 breweries to redeem for a commemorative t-shirt.

Along the way, experience a who’s-who of fabled craft breweries such as New Holland, Founders, Atwater and Brewery Vivant. Be sure to stray off the trodden path, though, and see what new discoveries you can find like Rockford Brewing, which walked away from the 2017 Great American Beer Festival with three awards: Small Brewpub and Small Brewpub Brewer of the Year, a silver for their Sheehan’s Stout (an Irish Dry Stout) and a bronze for their Rogue River Brown.

While Cincinnati, Columbus and Cleveland are urban meccas for beer lovers, the Route 33 Brew Trail – spanning the stretch of highway that connects Columbus to Athens – takes beercationers on a scenic road trip through Southern Ohio’s Fairfield County.

“The allure of the trail is that you will sample tasty craft beers in unforgettable locations,” says Jonett Haberfield, executive director of Visit Fairfield County.
Highlights along highway include experimental brews at BrewDog USA’s ultra-modern and eco-friendly brewery, Wallonia-inspired beers at Rockmill Brewery’s horse farm-turned-brewery, and unfiltered, hop-forward beers at Loose Rail Brewing’s former rail substation.

“The Central Pennsylvania area has long been a place where independent artisans of all types could find a home and thrive,” says Chrissy Tobias, Communications Specialist for the York County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

That pride in local makers and growers can be experienced at breweries along the Susquehanna Ale Trail like Collusion Tap Works. Head Brewer Jared Barnes traveled the world for both his brewing education and experience before returning home to open his own brewery. Another unique stop is Bube’s Brewery. The original Bube’s opened in 1876, closed during the dark days of Prohibition, and re-opened in its original location in 2001.


Two men were adrift in a lifeboat following a dramatic escape from a burning freight vessel. While rummaging through the boat’s provisions, one of the men stumbled across an old lamp. Secretly hoping that a Genie would appear, he rubbed the lamp vigorously. To the amazement of the castaways, one did come forth. This particular Genie, however, stated that he could only deliver one wish, not the standard three. Without giving much thought to the matter the man blurted out, “Make the entire ocean into beer!” Immediately the Genie clapped his hands with a deafening crash, and the entire sea turned into the finest brew ever sampled by mortals. Simultaneously, the Genie vanished to his freedom. Only the gentle lapping of beer on the hull broke the stillness as the two men considered their circumstances. The other man looked disgustedly at the one whose wish had been granted.  After a long, tension-filled moment, he spoke: “Nice going! Now we’re going to have to pee in the boat.”

Weekend Dining Feature: Smoked Beef Fajitas. $16.95 

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., Aug. 10

Sweet Potato Corn Chowder

Mexican Chicken Wrap

Smoked Pork Chili w/ Corn Bread

Sodbuster Brown Ale

Sat., Aug. 11


Breakfast Special

Steak & a Pint. $19.95 (NEW)

Sun., Aug. 12


Breakfast Special

Steak & a Pint. $19.95 (NEW)

Mon., Aug. 13

Cream of Mushroom

Falafel Veggie Wrap

Butter Chicken Pasta

Stubblejumper Pilsner

Tues., Aug. 14

Beef & Sausage

Cordon Bleu Calzone

Ginger Beef Bowl

Harbinger Maibock

Wed., Aug. 15

Loaded Potato w/ Bacon

Fried Chicken Burger

Cedar Plank Chico Bison Burger

Palliser Porter

Thur., Aug. 16

Chicken Barley

Pulled Pork Quesadilla

Habanero Pork Skewers

Sodbuster Brown Ale

Fri., Aug. 17

Cream of Broccoli

Andouille Dog

Maple Whiskey Salmon

Chico IPA

Sat., Aug. 18


Breakfast Special

Steak & a Pint. $19.95 (NEW)

Sun., Aug. 19


Calgary Burger & a Pint. $18.95

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.