THE WAKKER WEEKLY – Issue # 1449


THE WAKKER WEEKLY – Issue #1449 – Posted on: 05-Nov-2018


NEWS FROM THE BREWERY! Head brewer, Michael Gaetz, reports our seasonally available CHICO LIGHT SESSION IPA, HARVEST OKTOBERFEST LAGER, MAKER’S MALT PREMIUM BROWN ALE, and GREAT PUMPKIN SPICED BROWN ALE are now on tap. A batch of KAI’S MUNICH HELLES, BLACKBERRY MEAD and a double batch of MISSILETOW ALE are also currently working their way through the brewery.

Bushwakker Prime Rib Weekends Have Returned! Our melt-in-your-mouth, low-and-slow roasted prime rib dinners with jumbo Yorkshire pudding are back for the winter season! Available all day and night on Fridays and Saturdays and beginning at 5:00 PM on Sundays. Choose from either an 8 oz. or a 10 oz. cut. Prime rib is definitely one of Bushwakker executive chef Mike’s specialties.

We still have a few tickets remaining to our annual Single Malt Scotch Tasting Event. The first 120 tickets sold in just 23 minutes! This year’s six featured single malts include: Glenfarclas 30 Year, Caol Ila 18 Year, Glenrothes Peated Edition, Glenfiddich IPA Finish, Ardnamurchan 2017 AD and Auchentoshan Virgin Oak 2. Tickets $84.95 each. This year’s optional scotch tasting meal offering is below.

2018 Bushwakker Single Malt Scotch Tasting Optional Meal Offering
Talisker New YorkEnjoy an 8 ounce black pepper crusted AAA New York Steak with a Talisker 10 Year Madagascar peppercorn sauce. Served with roasted fingerling potatoes and Chef’s Vegetable Medley. Starts with a Lagavulin 8 Year Creamy Wild Mushroom Soup topped with bleu cheese croutons. $30.95

Glenmorangie Sticky Toffee PuddingOne of our most decadent scotch tasting dessert offerings to date! A rich moist pudding cake topped with a delicious Glenmorangie butter”scotch” sauce. Served with vanilla ice cream. $8.95. 

People were lined-up to get their tickets to our 30th Single Malt Scotch Tasting event last Sunday. Did you get yours?


Our GUEST TAP is currently pouring a Robust Porter from Black Bridge Brewery. Next up is a Sour IPA from Nokomis Craft Ales.

Our November premium wine features are from the MALLEE ROCK WINERY in Australia. The red is a SHIRAZ/CABERNET and the white is a PINOT GRIGIO. Both are $7.95 for a glass and $21.95 for a half litre.

650 ml glass bottles of our number one selling DUNGARVON IRISH RED ALE are currently available at the Quance Street, Broadway Avenue, North Albert Street, Dewdney & Lewvan and South Albert SLGA stores! You can also find our Palliser Porter at the Quance Street SLGA store Growler Filling Station.

Bushwakker Brewpub’s Writers Corner Seeks Books! Our 3rd Edition Writers Corner Launch will take place on Saturday, November 3 at 3:00 PM. We are seeking donations of recent publications (2016-2018 publication dates) from Saskatchewan authors (all genres) to help expand our library within the Writers Corner. The goal is to gradually increase the size of the library each year. More book shelves will be installed as the number of books increases. The books in the corner library will be available for patrons interested in reading works by local authors and the books are to remain in the brewpub at all times. To be considered for the library, books must be a minimum of 40 pages and professionally bound. Please drop off a copy of your recently published book (along with purchasing information which can be shared with brewpub patrons) to Grant Frew at Bushwakker. You can email Grant at Rotating individual author biographies and brief book synopsis are featured in the brewpub’s weekly newsletter and social media channels on a regular basis.


Nov. 2: FIRST FIRKIN FRIDAY. Enjoy the pomp and circumstance of this longstanding Bushwakker monthly tradition! A piper from The Regina Police Services Pipes & Drums leads a small keg (the firkin) of special ale throughout the pub in a procession. A guest volunteer tapper is selected to wield the handmade wooden maul affectionately named, The Mighty Firkin Wakker, and attempt to tap the keg in one swift blow! This month’s special cool weather brew will be a THAI CHILI CHOCOLATE PORTER. The suds-soaking spectacular takes place at 5:30 PM.

Nov. 3: BUSHWAKKER WRITERS CORNER 3ND EDITION READING. Presented by the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild and The Bushwakker Brewpub.  Join us for this 3rd edition author’s reading in the Bushwakker Writers Corner, a space dedicated to celebrating recent works of Saskatchewan published authors. Enjoy readings from five local authors including: Anne Campbell, Ven Begamudré, Gail Bowen, Counios & Gane and Gord Hunter. It has become very apparent that local authors love Bushwakker desserts so a special Chocolate Surprise Dessert will be available that afternoon. 3:00 PM.

Nov. 5: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. 8’S ENUFF. Mini big band plays jazz, big band and swing. 8:00 PM.

Nov. 7: Wednesday Night Folk. A NEW GROUND. Celtic folk duo on a national tour. 8:00 PM.

Nov. 7: MONTHLY ALES MEETING. Looking to enhance your homebrewing skills? Why not sit in on a meeting with some of Regina’s most passionate and enthusiastic homebrewers? All levels of brewing experience are welcome. Meetings are held in the Bushwakker basement clubroom on the first Wednesday of the month at 8:00 PM. This month’s beer style focus will be on Imperial Brown Ales.

Nov. 11: OPEN AT 11:30 on Remembrance Day Sunday.

Nov. 12: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. SUFFICIENT CONDITION. Regina blues rock band returns for an encore performance. 8:00 PM.

Nov. 14: Wednesday Night Folk. THE STRANGE VALENTINES. An Australian and a Nova Scotian sing about the jerks in the world. 8:00 PM.

Nov. 15: SCIENCE PUB – Forgetting What we Know About Alzheimer’s Disease. Our wildly popular Science Pub Series has returned for a seventh incredible season! Enjoy lectures on scientific topics of general interest in our Arizona Room (main floor banquet room) over beer and snacks. The room opens at 5:00 PM and quite often is full by 6:00 PM. Avoid disappointment and come down early for dinner and a pint before the presentation which begins at 7:00 PM. This month’s lecture will be presented by Maria Alejandra Castilla Bolanos from the Faculty of Science at the University of Regina.

Evolving Beer’s Supply Chain in an Era of Climate Change

By Bart Watson &  Chris Swersey

Beer has been around a long time. New research from Stanford University has uncovered a 13,000-year old beer-brewing operation near what is now Haifa, Israel. And throughout that 13,000-year history, beer has evolved, starting with where the grains for that beer were grown. That’s the primary reason why, although climate change certainly poses future supply chain challenges for beer, the beer industry is well positioned to evolve even as the global climate shifts.

A new paper has gained significant media traction this week by suggesting that beer prices may increase and, as a result, total beer sales may decline significantly as climate changes threaten yields in current barley growing regions. But luckily, this paper is largely an academic exercise and not one that brewers or beer lovers should lose any sleep over. The beer industry certainly understands and is already preparing for shifts in climate. Here are three signs that beer is actively preparing for changes in climate…

1. Barley crop production geography shifts over time

Although the paper in question assumes that “the current geographical distribution and area of barley cultivation” stays the same, anyone who has watched barley markets over time knows that doesn’t make any sense given historical trends. Barley crops have long shifted around the world due to a variety of factors, including climatic conditions and competition with other crops.

2. Barley crop production efficiency continues to grow over time

The paper outlines a scenario in which climate change results in smaller barley crops and reduced average yields from extreme events. However, those projections “do not assess the effect of future changes in barley agriculture.” That also makes no sense when looking at historical data.

So in North America, we’ve averaged a 1.4% yield increase year over year for 7.5 decades. Yes, extreme events pose challenges, but even at a worst case of -17% effect on yields, that’s equivalent to the average yield increase barley farmers have achieved every 11 years on average. Put differently, a -17% yield from climate change in 2099 is small in the context of yields that go up 17% every 11 years. At 1.4%, we’re looking at yields predicted to be 218% higher in 2099 based on the historical data. Now, we’re not agronomists, so it’s possible yield increases can’t keep that pace – but the yield decreases anticipated in the paper are very small compared to what the historical data predicts about increases over time.

3. Brewers and the beer industry are already preparing for future changes in climate

Points one and two show that barley farmers have long been active in planting decisions and technological improvements that leave them well-positioned to weather the challenges of climate change. Brewers and the beer industry in general are doing the same.

For example, the Brewers Association (BA) is currently supporting several research projects that address barley life habit (winter versus spring), heat and drought tolerance, water usage efficiency, local barley production to reduce shipping costs, decreased nitrogen input requirements, etc. The BA is also providing financial support for renewed hop breeding activities within the USDA-ARS public hop research program. One primary program goal is to provide a source of genetically diverse hop plant germplasm to allow hop farmers to achieve commercial success across a variety of geographies and climatic conditions. Additionally, the BA is also supporting research that seeks to understand the genomics of heat and drought tolerance in hops.

And it isn’t just small brewers that are taking this issue seriously. Anheuser-Busch has a program called SmartBarley, and MillerCoors has several different initiatives related to sustainability. Other brewing industry stakeholder groups in the U.S. – barley (American Malting Barley Association Inc.) and hops (Hop Research Council) – and in Canada (Brewing and Malting Barley Research Institute) are likewise steering research resources to understand and overcome the continued challenges associated with production of critical beer ingredients.

None of the above should be taken as a suggestion that climate change does not pose a serious challenge for any industry that is built on agricultural inputs. Many industries, not just beer, will face these challenges. Western wine growers are already seeing increased challenges around “smoke taint”, as fire season grows in intensity. Distilled spirits producers also rely on agricultural inputs. Consequently, beer prices and beer demand won’t exist in a vacuum, but in an interconnected market that sees a variety of shocks from a shifting climate. However, given the historical record, beer is as well positioned as any industry to evolve and thrive even as the climate changes.

You can find these types of sinks in Germany. They come in handy for people who have drank too much.


After an examination, the doctor said to his elderly patient: ‘You appear to be in good health.. Do you have any medical concerns you would like to ask me about?’

‘In fact, I do.’ said the old man. “After my wife and I have sex, I’m usually cold and chilly; and then, after I have sex with her the second time, I’m usually hot and sweaty.”

When the doctor examined his elderly wife a short time later he said, ‘Everything appears to be fine.. Are there any medical concerns that you would like to discuss with me?’

The lady replied that she had no questions or concerns. The doctor then said to her: ‘Your husband mentioned an unusual problem.. He claimed that he was usually cold and chilly after having sex with you the first time; and then hot and sweaty after the second time. Do you have any idea about why?’

“Oh, that crazy old bastard” she replied. ‘That’s because the first time is usually in January, and the second time is in August.

Our Weekend Prime Rib & Giant Yorkie Special Returns: 8 oz – $22.95 & 10 oz – $26.95. 

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., Nov. 2

Potato Bacon

Ham & Swiss Croissant

Baked Cod Loin w/ Lemon  Caper Butter Sauce

Chico Light

Sat., Nov. 3


Miami Grill

Steak & a Pint. $19.95

Sun., Nov. 4


Chimichurri Steak Wrap

Steak & a Pint. $19.95

Mon., Nov. 5

Chicken Taco

Fish Tacos

Chicken Fried Steak

Chico Light

Tues., Nov. 6

Creamy Vegetable

Roasted Veggie Pizza

Pork Noodle & Shitake

Sodbuster Brown Ale

Wed., Nov. 7

Bacon Corn Chowder

Blackened Steak Caesar Wrap

Fettucine Carbonara

Last Mountain Lager

Thur., Nov. 8

Roasted Root Veggie

Charred Veggie Burger

Chicken Burrito Bowl

Regina Pale Ale

Fri., Nov. 9

Thai Chicken Rice

Steamed Bun

Slow Roasted Salmon w/ Risotto

Northern Lights

Sat., Nov. 10 &

Sun., Nov. 11


Winnipeg Burger & a Pint. $18.95

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.