Issue #1516 – Posted on: 17-Feb-2020


NEWS FROM THE BREWERY! Head brewer, Michael Gaetz, reports our seasonally available BLACKBERRY MEAD, DOUBLE HONEY IMPERIAL IRISH RED ALE, SASKADIAN BLACK IPA, KAI’S MUNICH HELLES and RASPBERRY BLONDE ALE are currently on tap. There are also batches of TWO SON’S MILK STOUT, SWEET TART CHERRY DRY STOUT, PREMIUM PALE ALE and ARCTIC DARK MUNICH DUNKEL working their way through the brewery.

Our February Valentine’s month Premium Wine Features include THE LONG LITTLE DOG white wine from France ($7.95 for a glass and $21.95 for a half litre) and the GNARLY HEAD old vine zinfandel from California ($8.95 for a glass and $23.95 for a half litre.)

Our GUEST TAP is currently pouring a WINTER KETTLE SOUR from Nokomis Craft Ales. This will be followed by a DUNKELWEIZEN from Saskatoon’s High Key Brewing, a DOUBLE IPA from Black Bridge Brewing and then a RASPEBERRY KIWI SOUR IPA from Malty National Brewing.

THE BUSHWAKKER GOODNESS IS SPREADING! ALL SIX REGINA SLGA stores offer a varied selection of Bushwakker beers in 650 ml bottles. The Quance Street SLGA store is also offering growler fills of our number one selling DUNGARVON IRISH RED ALE. Regina’s Urban Cellars east location and Metro Liquor also offer a selection of our bottled beers.


Feb. 14: Bushwakker Vintage Valentines Dinner. Enjoy our Retro Romantic Menu featuring some classic courtship cuisine including: Steak Madagascar, Stuffed Cornish Game Hen, Shrimp Scampi, Bibb Green Goddess Salad, Chocolate Silk Cheesecake and Mini Baked Alaska. Fancy-schmancy restaurants may be the choice destination for some folks. Others who prefer great value and delicious food in a comforting and cozy setting often prefer to have their Valentine’s experience with us. Full regular menu also available. RESERVATIONS ACCEPTED!

Feb. 17: FAMILY DAY. Open from noon to nine. No band tonight.

Feb. 19: Wednesday Night Folk. BRADFORD. Talented acoustic guitar/vocal duo featuring Brad Papp and Mark Radford. 8:00 PM.

Feb. 22: SASK SAMPLER. The biggest Bushwakker Folk Night of the year! Up-and-coming folk artists from across the province strut their stuff are vying for a spot on the Regina Folk Festival, Ness Creek Music Festival and Gateway Music Festival stages. Enjoy performances from: Big Day, Lancelot Knight, Kara Golemba, Dump Babes, MechaDroid and Son Howler! It’s not Folk Band Warz but it is a great night of Saskatchewan musical talent. Cover charge in effect. 7:00 PM.

Feb. 23: BUSHWAKKER MONTHLY SUNDAY BOOK SIGNING SERIES. Celebrating Saskatchewan Authors. Join us for a brief presentation by our featured authors and an opportunity to buy an autographed copy! The February edition will feature two local published writers, C.D. Breadner and Edward Willett. 3:00 PM.

Feb. 24: Monday Night Jazz & Blues – special Mid-Summer Blues Festival Week edition. SHANE & ETHAN REOCH. Popular talented father & son blues duo returns! 8:00 PM.

Feb. 26: Wednesday Night Folk – special Mid-Winter Blues Festival Week edition. AZARIAH. Four-piece blues act lays down some traditional, soulful, rockin’ blues. 8:00 PM.

Feb. 29: SATURDAY AFTERNOON BLUES SHOWCASE. Presented in conjunction with The Regina Delta Blues Association and The Mid-Winter Blues Festival Week, our Saturday afternoon showcase is a great way to warm up for the festival finale later that evening. Enjoy two exciting blues bands beginning at 1:30 PM including: The Treefellers as well as Billy Hughes & the Instigators who will deliver a special tribute to the Plains Hotel famous Saturday jams. Hosted by Jeff “Redbeard” Corbett of 91.3FM CJTR. Be sure to try a slice of Redbeard’s signature chocolate cheesecake too! We will also be presenting live blues music at 8:00 PM on the Monday and Wednesday evening earlier that week.

Top Emerging Beer Styles for 2020     

By:  John Holl

The start of a new decade is sure to have beer fans searching for what comes next – both in terms of flavor and innovation. Drinking in 2020 will likely see a few styles and trends emerge that will play to the brewing industry’s strengths while still honoring its history.

Of course, beer styles that have been on the rise in recent years are only poised to become stronger. New England-style IPA, in all its variations – from the hazy and juicy double dry hopped versions to the lactose-heavy, milkshake-style ones – will continue to surprise and delight. The same is true in the pastry stout category, where big, bold, black, boozy, sugary concoctions will become even more dessert-like. Munich helles and Vienna lagers will also likely continue to grow in craft, with many brewers seeing the benefit of offering a style that appeals to a wider swath of beer drinkers.

While it is not beer, it’s hard to ignore the popularity of hard seltzer. Many breweries are jumping into the fizzy alcoholic water game. Look for a skew towards local flavors specific to a region, be it fruits or herbs that convey a sense of place. Smaller brewers won’t be able to make a big dent in the profits or popularity of the national brands but can make an impact on their local market.

Also, be on the lookout next year for more kveik, the Norwegian farmhouse ale. Homebrewers are still hot on this style, and while it was taking off professionally last year, expect it to hit a longer stride in 2020.

What else might you see on tap or on shelves this year? Through interviews, observations and a little bit of hope, we offer you these beer trends for the new year.

Low-Cal and Low-Carb

As beer became a lifestyle over the last decade, it also became parts of other lifestyles. Even though big boozy IPAs and imperial stouts are still popular, there was a rise, especially over the last two years, in low-calorie, low-carb options for beer. Larger players like Michelob Ultra gained ground by talking to the fitness crowd and smaller breweries followed suit. Samuel Adams rebranded a gose they had originally made for the Boston Marathon as 26.2 Brew, offering it as a post-race refreshment.

Other breweries like Deschutes began to offer 99-calorie lagers. Avery got into the action with Pacer IPA, a hop-forward and full-flavored Hazy IPA with 100 calories and 3.5 carbs.

“Pacer IPA’s big flavor profile joins a growing lineup of lower-calorie, lower-carb options from Avery Brewing, like the recently released Rocky Mountain Rosé,” the brewery said when announcing the beer. “Pacer IPA brings a hazy and flavorful IPA to this functional category the brewery has named the Avery 100s. Adam Avery hopes to expand this exciting portfolio in the future.”

Walk into a brewery today and you’ll see yoga classes happening in the morning, cycling clubs showing up after a ride in the afternoon, sign-up sheets for hikes or athletic events and more. Whereas beer was once considered the beverage of choice for dudes with guts, they have been replaced by a new generation of drinkers who focus on moderation and health.

As these drinkers consumed less or went looking for fewer calories, brewers began changing their packaging. Firestone Walker Brewing Co. started releasing their big, barrel-aged beers in 12-ounce bottles, down from 22-ouncers that had been the standard. Some brewers are even offering 8-ounce cans for high-alcohol beers, or for folks who want just a half-pint of something.

Examples: Slightly Mighty by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, 26.2 Brew by The Boston Beer Co., Pacer IPA by Avery Brewing Co., Da Shootz by Deschutes Brewery, DayTime by Lagunitas Brewing Co.


A doctor and his wife were having a big argument at breakfast. “Well you aren’t so good in bed either!” he shouted and stormed off to work.

By midmorning, he decided he’d better make amends and phoned home. After many rings, his wife picked up the phone.

“What took you so long to answer?”

“I was in bed.”

“What were you doing in bed this late?”

“Getting a second opinion.”


Five doctors went duck hunting one day. Included in the group were a GP, a pediatrician, a psychiatrist, a surgeon and a pathologist. After a time, a bird came winging overhead.

The first to react was the GP who raised his shotgun, but then hesitated.

“I’m not quite sure it’s a duck,” he said, “I think that I will have to get a second opinion.” And of course by that time, the bird was long gone.
Another bird appeared in the sky thereafter. This time, the pediatrician drew a bead on it. He too, however, was unsure if it was really a duck in his sights and besides, it might have babies.

“I’ll have to do some more investigations,” he muttered, as the creature made good its escape.

Next to spy a bird flying was the sharp-eyed psychiatrist. Shotgun shouldered, he was more certain of his intended prey’s identity.

“Now, I know it’s a duck, but does it know it’s a duck?” The fortunate bird disappeared while the fellow wrestled with this dilemma.
Finally, a fourth fowl sped past and this time the surgeon’s weapon pointed skywards. BOOM!! The surgeon lowered his smoking gun and turned nonchalantly to the pathologist beside him.

“Go see if that was a duck, will you?”

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.

Friday February 14 – 2020

Soup – Jalapeno Corn Chowder
Sandwich – Chipotle Beef Wrap
Hot Special – Chicken Enchiladas
Beer Pairing – Regina Pale Ale

Saturday February 15 & Sunday February 16 – 2020

Soup – Bushwakker
Sandwich – Ham & Cheese Muffaletta
Hot Special – Steak & a Pint. $21.95

Monday February 17 – 2020

Soup – Creamy Vegetable & Basil
Sandwich – Chi Chi Wrap
Hot Special – Loaded Rink Burger w/ Onion Rings
Beer Pairing – Sodbuster Brown Ale
Evening Feature – Wings & a Pint Night

Tuesday February 18 – 2020

Soup – Beef & Red Lentil
Pizza Feature – Shrimp Pizza. $14.95
Hot Special – Mango Stuffed Pork Chops w/ Couscous
Beer Pairing – Raspberry Blonde Ale
Evening Feature – Pizza & a Pint Night

Wednesday February 19 – 2020

Soup – Broccoli Cheddar
Sandwich – Ham & Swiss Goddess Club
Hot Special – Blackened Cod w/ Red Beans & Rice
Beer Pairing – Stubblejumper Pilsner
Evening Feature – Wings & a Pint Night

Thursday February 20 – 2020

Soup – Arroz Caldo
Sandwich – Beef Shawarma Naan
Hot Special – Korean Beef Stew
Beer Pairing – Palliser Porter

Friday February 21 – 2020

Soup – Potato Bacon
Sandwich – Dagwood
Hot Special – Chicken & Shishito Pepper Pappardelle
Beer Pairing – Arctic Dark

Saturday February 22 & Sunday February 23 – 2020

Soup – Bushwakker
Sandwich – Kimchi Chicken Sandwich
Hot Special – Steak & a Pint. $21.95

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.

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