Issue #1603 – Posted on: 18-October-2021

BREWERY “HOP”PENINGSBushwakker Head brewer, Michael Gaetz, reports a tank of  his Blood Orange Blonde Ale is almost ready to go! Our Summer Wheat and Pink GuavaBuster Ale are on tap and in our offsale cooler. There are also many other Bushwakker beers available including a West Coast IPA, Irish Red Ale, Brown, Blonde, Pilsener, Vienna, Pale Ale and a Porter.

Growler fills are available and we have partially resumed our customer personal keg filling services.  Lager keg fills are not available at this time but all Bushwakker ales are available. Our lagers need a bit more aging time before they will be ready. We had to suspend our brewing for a number of weeks while we replaced the brewery boiler. The new boiler is performing great and we have certainly been putting it to work lately. Thank you for your understanding and support.

Our GUEST TAP is currently pouring a DOUBLE-HOPPED PINEAPPLE IPA from Saskatoon’s High Key Brewing. Next up is a CITRA SINGLE HOP PALE ALE from Black Bridge Brewery.

In addition to taking our beer home in glass bottles and 2 litre jugs direct from our pub, you can find a varying selection of 650 ml bottles of Bushwakker beer in ALL SIX REGINA SLGA stores.

Our October PREMIUM WINE FEATURES pay tribute to our Oktobestfest event and hail from Germany! The red is Dr. Zenzen Vino Noire. $8.95 for a glass and $23.95 for a half litre. The white is Stubborn Ass. $7.95 for a glass and $21.95 for a half litre. Enjoy while quantities last.

Our Weekend Special on October 15th and 16th will be a CAJUN BUTTER STEAK w/ SAUSAGE GRAVY POUTINE for $21.95. Our Saturday CLASSIC STEAK & A PINT SPECIAL will also be available. Our Monday and Wednesday WINGS & A PINT SPECIAL and Tuesday PIZZA & A PINT SPECIAL are also a great value deal.


Our brand new black Firkin Friday Phoenix Resurrection t-shirts are now available. We also just received another shipment of our classic dark forest green Joe Fafard Bushwakker shirts. The holidays are just around the corner! Hint-hint!


We received so much positive feedback on our October First Firkin Friday firkin-cam video that we invite you to click this link and see one of the most memorable firkin tappings in Bushwakker history! You just never know what you’ll see at The Bushwakker!



We are open Monday – Thursday from 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM. The kitchen closes at 9:30 PM and last call is at 10:15 PM. On Fridays and Saturdays our hours remain unchanged and we are open from 11:00 AM until 1:00 AM. The kitchen is open until 11:30 PM and last call will be at 12:15 AM. Live music fans can enjoy our Monday Night Jazz & Blues and Wednesday Folk Night performances from 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM.

On September 16th the government of Saskatchewan announced that mandatory masking would return immediately to all indoor spaces. We have found that our customers have been very respectful of this health order. Please be sure you are wearing a mask upon entering and leaving Bushwakker and even if you just need to get up to use the washroom. Masks are not required when you are seated and are eating or drinking. If you forget to bring a mask, we can provide you with a new one.

The government also announced a proof of vaccination or a government recognized recent negative Covid test will be required for in-house dining throughout the province beginning October 1, 2021. Don’t delay and get your vaccination passport activated today!

We are very appreciative of your business. We do apologize for some of the delays in service you may have been experiencing. As our new staff gain more experience we certainly expect our team to once again be the well-oiled machine you are accustomed to seeing. The new provincial health mandates will also present a few new challenges for our staff. We thank you for your patience, understanding and continued support.

Reservations are accepted and encouraged. We accept a limited number of reservations as late as 6:00 PM every day except Fridays. Fridays we accept reservations as late as 3:00 PM. Call us at 306-359-7276 to secure your table. We are now also able to accommodate larger groups. Our two banquet rooms are also available for private parties. Call Kelly at 306-359-7276 to book either our main floor Arizona Room or basement Clubroom.

Please continue to practice safe health measures. Remain connected to one another and to us! In addition to this weekly newsletter, we are very active on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Check-in with us often as we navigate these continually evolving times together. Try to support local businesses whenever possible. Be vigilant in your resolve to protect yourselves which in turn will protect others.

Oct. 20: Wednesday Night Folk. THE STRANGE VALENTINES. This duo featuring Australian David Farrell and Nova Scotian Janet Mills deliver a unique brand of folk music for the twisted soul. 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM.


Oct. 25: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. AZARIAH. Great blues from this talented veteran Regina blues act. 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM.


Saskatchewan is home to some of Canada’s best craft beers. Craft breweries have revitalized Saskatchewan communities and neighbourhoods, and become a vital part of the province’s economy and culture. Plan your tour and visit one of the many breweries listed at Check in to all 13 locations and get a custom designed Little Town Apparel t-shirt.


Our new Bushwakker Online Ordering Page is now live on our website! You can order everything from our food menu as well as our Bushwakker brews and even select the time you’d like to pick up your order. Visit and give it a try! Of course, you can continue to place your orders by calling us at 306-359-7276. We still love to hear your friendly voices.

Oktoberfest vs. Märzen

By: Chris Guest

With autumn seasonals and Oktoberfest beers getting released earlier and earlier each year – to the chagrin of many craft beer lovers – we delve into the differences between two of the most popular fall seasonals: Oktoberfest and Märzen.

In the 2004 iteration of the BJCP style guidelines, these two styles were lumped into a single category, despite their disparate backstories. Currently, in the 2015 BJCP stylebook, Oktoberfest has been replaced by the Festbier category, which is usually lighter in color and body and represents the modern interpretation of beers served at Munich’s original Oktoberfest celebration.

While the Oktoberfest style is no longer an officially sanctioned BJCP category, that doesn’t stop innumerable breweries from using the moniker to describe their disparate fall seasonals. Oftentimes in this case, an Oktoberfest beer also happens to be a Märzen. How is this possible?

The short version is: there’s no difference. According to the 2015 BJCP guidelines, Oktoberfest and Märzen are technically the same thing. The only reason for the difference in nomenclature is the legality of the term Oktoberfestbier, which “is a protected appellation for beer produced at large breweries within the Munich city limits for consumption at Oktoberfest,” according to BJCP guidelines.

The official Oktoberfest style, in that case, has been replaced by Festbier.

Despite this fact, it hasn’t stopped thousands of craft breweries from using the term Oktoberfest to describe their fall seasonals, which are technically Märzens.

The Märzen style is a malty, amber, European-style lager that can trace the roots of its modern variants all the way back to 1841, when Spaten created the first recipe for the style. Märzen become the official beer of Munich’s Oktoberfest in 1872, a tradition that lasted over 100 years when it was replaced by the lighter-bodied, golden-colored Festbier in the 1990 Oktoberfest.



A local United Way office realized that the organization had never received a donation from the town’s most successful lawyer. The person in charge of contributions called him to persuade him to contribute.

“Our research shows that out of a yearly income of at least $500,000, you give not a penny to charity. Wouldn’t you like to give back to the community in some way?”

The lawyer mulled this over for a moment and replied, “First, did your research also show that my mother is dying after a long illness, and has medical bills that are several times her annual income?”

Embarrassed, the United Way rep mumbled, “Um … no.”

The lawyer interrupts, “or that my brother, a disabled veteran, is blind and confined to a wheelchair?”

The stricken United Way rep began to stammer out an apology, but was interrupted again.

“or that my sister’s husband died in a traffic accident,” the lawyer’s voice rising in indignation, “leaving her penniless with three children?!”

The humiliated United Way rep, completely beaten, said simply, “I had no idea…”

On a roll, the lawyer cut him off once again, “So if I don’t give any money to them, why should I give any to you?”!


The brand creativity of certain craft breweries knows no bounds!