THE WAKKER WEEKLY – Issue # 1438


THE WAKKER WEEKLY – Issue #1438 – Posted on: 20-Aug-2018


NEWS FROM THE BREWERY! Head brewer, Michael Gaetz, reports our seasonally available SUMMER WHEAT, PINEAPPLE MANGO BLONDE ALE, HARBINGER MAIBOCK and TWO SONS MILK STOUT are now on tap. A batch of MOTHERWELL RHUBARB RED FIFE WITBIER, 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 Seabuckthorn Mixed Fermentation Sour from the Black Bridge Brewery in Swift Current. Upcoming Saskatchewan craft beer offerings include the: ALES CLUB/Saskatoon Headhunters New England IPA Collaboration from Nokomis Craft Ales as well as the Pineapple Express Hefeweizen from Saskatoon’s Prairie Sun Brewery.

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.

Last year over 400 bottles of our Motherwell Rhubarb Red Fife Witbier sold out in just a few hours at the Symphony Under The Sky event. Don’t miss our Friday, August 17th special firkin tapping event to try a pint of this limited edition collaborative brew!



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.

Our special collaborative beer involving Living Sky Winery will be officially released at The Symphony Under The Sky Festival

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. We will be taking an even larger supply of bottles to the festive site this year so hopefully we won’t run out!

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.

One of the things which became apparent at our West Coast vs. New England IPA Tasting event earlier this month was sometimes there was a difference in the scores a beer received on Ratebeer when compared to Beer Advocate. There was even further confoundment with scores recorded by those in attendance at the event. 

Why Do Beer Reviews Change So Much on Different Platforms?  

by: Chris Guest

The craft beer ecosystem is vast and varied. With an abundance of fascinating and ever-evolving beer styles, over 5,000 breweries and tens of thousands of specific beers at these establishments, craft beer has never been better.

With any burgeoning scene (be it culture, sports, finances, etc.), metrics play an important role, and craft beer is no different. One of the main aspects of the craft beer sphere are the omnipresent and all-important beer reviews.

These reviews help answer what the drinkers really want to know: What beers are the best?  How do some beers compare to others?  What is the best beer in a certain style category? More broadly, they want to know “What should I be drinking?”

While there are many ways in which to ascertain this information, the most common is unquestionably the beer review. Beer reviews are the easiest way for consumers to quickly decide what beers they should spend their hard-earned cash on, or trade their rarest whales away for. However, with so many different beer competitions, websites and reviewing methods out there, how do we know which to trust?

The disparity between beer reviewing platforms is apparent when comparing single beers, such as Champion’s Shower Beer. This Czech Pilsener scored a 94 (out of 100) in The Beer Connoissseur’s expert review, indicating an “Excellent” beer. However, RateBeer’s user reviews only provided a score of 45, Untappd users gave it a 69 and BeerAdvocate’s user reviews offered an 86. That’s a wild swing for a beer that was awarded a Great American Beer Fest Gold Medal in the Bohemian Pilsener category!

Many disparate reviewing platforms exist, but the major ones are as follows: Industry beer competitions (and, by extension, homebrew competitions), independent media reviews, and website, app and blog reviews. Each of these methods has its merits, but they are all separate entities with differing methods. While that might not negate their efficacy, it certainly seems to muddy the mash tun with a bloated belly of numbers, scores and reviews.

A major part of the beer review mania that we are currently experiencing stems from uneven style guidelines. Two major ones are the Beer Judge Certification Program and the Brewers Association, which are the most frequently used guidelines. Both have their merits, but because they are vastly different (link to too many styles article), they add to the confusion and oversaturation that is typical of the beer review landscape.

Perhaps the most prestigious beer reviewing platform are the industry competitions, of which there are many. The Great American Beer Festival, World Beer Cup, U.S. Open Beer Championships and the World Beer Awards are just a few examples. Oftentimes these competitions award medals and honors based on beer styles and other categories, but once again, there are drawbacks.

Because the competitions rely on style categories, many breweries shoehorn a beer into a certain category to qualify for that competition – even when a different style might suit it better. Also, breweries often brew one-off creations to compete in certain categories and win medals or accolades, but these beers might never actually see the light of day when it comes to production.

Reviews found on websites, app and blogs are almost certainly the most popular and most populous of the reviewing platforms. Sites and apps such as BeerAdvocate, RateBeer and Untappd provide users with an almost infinite number of beers to review from all over the world, from the crustiest macro crustaceans to the freshest, dankest and stickiest hop-filled IPAs from the smallest microbreweries.

These platforms serve as a stellar example of popular reviews, an important factor that holds a lot of weight. Much like Amazon or IMDB user reviews, these user reviews gauge the temperature of the public’s opinion for various beers. These popular reviews are also usually much more “of the moment.”

Because new craft beers are being released pretty much nonstop, these user-led platforms are far more dynamic and flexible than industry competitions and independent media reviews because of the simple fact that users provide the reviews themselves. This means if a user is planted at a brewery who is releasing a draft-only brewery exclusive, they can quickly and easily add that beer to the site’s database and post their review.

New Glarus Dancing Man Wheat is a standard bearer for creative American wheat beers. This does not mean it is immune to vastly different ratings across reviewing platforms. While BeerAdvocate and RateBeer’s users provide near-lockstep scores of 96 and 99 respectively, Untappd users disagree, offering up a score of 75. This could be due to the Untappd user base skewing towards younger drinkers who prefer flashier, more eye-catching styles. The Beer Connoisseur review splits the difference, giving the beer an 85.

In this case, the user has “scooped” any outside media source and provided an exclusive review that might draw other people to that brewery to try the new beer. By that same token, however, there is a drawback to this method: There is nothing stopping people from reviewing innumerable beers that they’ve never actually had. There is no stumbling block in place for users to review 20 beers in a sitting while they are sipping a sugary soda – as opposed to an actual beer.

Independent media reviews seem to be an excellent middle ground between the rigidity of industry competitions and the widely unpoliced user review-led online platforms. Media outlets such as All About Beer Magazine, DRAFT Magazine, Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine and The Beer Connoisseur all have varying approaches to beer reviews. The Beer Connoisseur has a stable of Beer Judge Certification Program-certified judges of National rank or higher, who have years of experience imbibing and judging beers based on the BJCP’s style guidelines.

All About Beer, on the other hand, employs a cadre of craft beer luminaries such as Brewers Association founder Charlie Papazian and Brooklyn Brewery founder Garrett Oliver as judges for its beer reviews.


A teacher told her young class to ask their parents for a family story with a moral at the end of it, and to return the next day to tell their stories.
In the classroom the next day, Joe gave his example first, “My dad is a farmer and we have chickens. One day we were taking lots of eggs to market in a basket on the front seat of the truck when we hit a big bump in the road; the basket fell off the seat and all the eggs broke. The moral of the story is not to put all your eggs in one basket.”
“Very good,” said the teacher.
Next, Mary said, “We are farmers too. We had twenty eggs waiting to hatch, but when they did we only got ten chicks. The moral of this story is not to count your chickens before they’re hatched.”
“Very good,” said the teacher again, pleased with the response so far.
Next it was young MacGregor’s turn to tell his story: “My dad told me this story about my Aunt Krissy…. Aunt Krissy was a flight engineer in the war and her plane got hit. She had to bail out over enemy territory and all she had was a bottle of whisky, a machine gun and a machete.”
“Go on,” said the teacher, intrigued.
“Aunt Krissy drank the whisky on the way down to prepare herself; then she landed right in the middle of a hundred enemy soldiers. She killed seventy of them with the machine gun until she ran out of bullets. Then she killed twenty more with the machete till the blade broke. And then she killed the last ten with her bare hands.”
“Good heavens,” said the horrified teacher, “What did your father say was the moral of that frightening story?”
“Stay away from Aunt Krissy when she’s been drinking!”

Weekend Dining Feature: Smoked Pulled Pork Bun. $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. 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)

Mon., Aug. 20

Cajun Chicken Mushroom

Steak Ciabatta

Baked Cod w/ Spaghetti & Wild Garlic Pesto

Regina Pale Ale

Tues., Aug. 21


Pepperoni & Sausage Pizza

Beef Medallions w/ Madagascar Peppercorn Sauce

Sodbuster Brown Ale

Wed., Aug. 22

Cream of Cauliflower

Shrimp Po’ Boy

Bangers & Mash w/ Housemade Dungarvon Mustard

Two Sons Milk Stout

Thur., Aug. 23

Bean & Sausage

Roast Turkey Bagel

Wiener Schnitzel w/ Veal

Harbinger Maibock

Fri., Aug. 24

Potato Leek

Smoked Pastrami

Garlic Herb Roast Chicken Breast w/ Market Veggies

Dungarvon Irish Red Ale

Sat., Aug. 25


Breakfast Special

Steak & a Pint. $19.95 (NEW)

Sun., Aug. 26


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.