Issue #1610 – Posted on: 06-December-2021

BREWERY “HOP”PENINGSBushwakker Head brewer, Michael Gaetz, reports his brand new Dark Cherry & Blackberry Ale is now on tap and in our offsale!  The final bottles of our famous Blackberry Mead have been filled and are ready for their annual release this Saturday, December 4th. He also has a special limited edition surprise Winter Brew which will be released in individual 650ml glass bottles on Saturday, December 11th.


The biggest day of the entire year is finally here! Bring on MEAD DAY 2021!  Many folks took advantage of our ONLINE ADVANCE ORDERING CURBSIDE PICKUP service! If you selected CURBSIDE SERVICE just look for the big yellow signs and pull up to the loading dock doors at the back of the building at your selected time. If you chose PICK UP SERVICE you can park in the parking lot directly across from us on Cornwall Street and come through the back entrance to pick up your mead at your selected time. You can also maintain Bushwakker tradition and simply come on in and pick up your mead bottles that day. Perhaps stay for a goblet of mead and enjoy a slice of BLACKBERRY MEAD CHEESECAKE too!


Ho ho ho! Did you know? We have increased the number of mead goblets you can enjoy when visiting us. Three goblets is the 2021 limit. Please ensure you have a safe ride home this holiday season!


Our Bushwakker ONLINE STORE is full of great gift ideas for the brewpub lover on your list! Visit to order your Bushwakker gift cards, our new First Firkin Friday Phoenix Resurrection T-shirt, Pom pom touques and more! Heck, we’ll even have them mailed to you or your intended Bushwakker fan! You can always stop by and visit us in person too! And our famous KENTUCKY BOURBON PECAN PIE will be made available by the entire pie once again this holiday season! Just give Kelly a call at 306-359-7276 to place your order and arrange a pick up time today!


Our GUEST TAP is currently pouring a COCONUT PORTER from Pile O’ Bones Brewery. This will be followed by a DOUBLE NEW ENGLAND IPA 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 a number of REGINA SLGA stores.

DECEMBER PREMIUM WINE FEATURES. This month’s featured wines hail from Chile. The red is Carmen Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon. $8.95 for a glass and $23.95 for a half litre. The white is The Applicant Sauvignon Blanc. $7.95 for a glass and $21.95 for a half litre.

Our Weekend Special on December 3rd & 4th is WILD BOAR STUFFED CHICKEN SUPREME 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.



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. Fridays and Saturdays we are open from 11:00 AM until Midnight. The kitchen is open until 10:30 PM and last call is at 11:15 PM. Live music fans can enjoy our Monday Night Jazz & Blues and Wednesday Folk Night performances from 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM.

Last week the government of Saskatchewan announced that the Mandatory Masking and Proof of Vaccination mandates for all pubs and restaurants would remain in place until the end of January. 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. Proof of Vaccination is also required for offsale beer purchases.

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.

Dec. 3: FIRST FIRKIN FRIDAY. Get ready for the pomp and circumstance of this longstanding Bushwakker monthly tradition. A piper from the Regina Police Services Pipes and Drums leads a procession throughout the brewpub with a delicious firkin of beer in tow. This month’s Christmas-themed firkin will be a delicious blend of seasonal spices in a rich Brown Ale. Plan to arrive early in order to get a good seat. 5:30 PM.


Dec. 6: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. THE MINISTRY OF GROOVE. Talented act delivers jazz funk and more complete with horn section. 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM.


Dec. 8: Wednesday Night Folk. HOLLY POP & BRAD PAPP: Young Regina singer/songwriter returns for an encore performance. Joined by her old man, veteran guitar plucker, Brad Papp. Special guest opening act opening act: Brett Down. 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM.


Dec. 11: BUSHWAKKER 30TH ANNIVERSARY BARLEYWINE CHRISTMAS RELEASE: Although we were unable to brew a batch of “Missile”tow Christmas Ale this year, we did manage to set aside a small run of our 30th Anniversary American Barleywine bottles. This very rich and complex brew will continue to age and develop for years to come. Makes for a very special Christmas treat! Bottles will be available at 11:00 AM sharp!


Dec. 11: BUSHWAKKER STAFF HOLIDAY MARKET – 3rd edition. Presented by both former and current Bushwakker staff. It is no secret that the Bushwakker team is comprised of some very talented people. Enjoy their creative holiday wares in this special craft sale held in the Bushwakker Arizona Room from 11:00 – 4:00 PM.

The Craft Beer Industry Will Bounce Back Before 2027

From Brewers Journal Canada

There is good news on the horizon, and as much as the brewing industry would like these numbers to increase at a faster rate, data from Fortune Business Insights suggests there will be a sizable increase in the market by the end of 2027. The global craft beer market size stood at US$89.25 billion in 2019 & is projected to reach US$190.66 billion by the end of 2027, at a CAGR of 10.4% in the forecast period.

According to the analysis, the “key market drivers” for the growth of the sector will include an increase in the number of microbreweries that will incite development and the growing popularity of taprooms and brewpubs among millennials owing to the socialising trends will enable speedy expansion of the market.

“The emerging small and independent breweries to enhance beer production to serve the ever-rising demand of consumers will further propel healthy growth for the market,” the report stated and highlighted how current research from the Brewers Association, small and independent brewers in the US produced 26.3 million barrels in 2019, with volume growth of 4% than the prior year – all of which was just the beginning of this burgeoning trend.

“The demand for other alcoholic craft beverages that have to go through vital distillation techniques to obtain high-quality liquor will subsequently impede the expansion of the market,” and also warned that flavourings and adjuncts within the beer category could hinder its progress rather than help it in its progression.

There was one key development within the industry that is set to have an impact on beer’s evolution and it was found in the introduction of low ABV medicinal mushrooms used in craft beers, including IPAs, that is brewed with Lion’s Mane mushrooms for functional benefits that will begin to modify the market.

The analysis revealed that, although lockdowns across several countries impacted the restaurant, bar and taproom social setting, the craft beer category would almost certainly see a revival.

“The colossal drop in beer production and sales has negatively impacted the global market. Nearly, 89% of the brewing companies, either had stopped or slowed down their production, as their year-on-year sales have declined. Nevertheless, the reopening of bars and pubs in the forthcoming months will help revive the sales and stabilise the market,” the report said.

The data stated that Pacific Asia will see rapid growth within this period, mainly due to “rapid urbanisation and increasing disposable incomes of consumers. The growing demand for unique tastes will aid the expansion of the market in the region,” said the findings.

North America is also expected to “hold a significant share during the forecast period and this will be due to the expansion of craft breweries in the US. The increased popularity of new flavours — such as pomegranate and grapefruit– will aid growth in the region. In addition, the increasing number of microbreweries with large volumetric production will have a tremendous impact on the market in North America, reminding the industry that it will continue to evolve and flourish.


A broke guy walks past a pub. He looks at the door longingly, but since he has no money, he walks on. Just then, he spots a lamp lying in the gutter. He picks it up and rubs it, and a genie emerges.

“I will grant you three wishes,” intones the genie.

“Give me a bottomless mug of beer,” the guy says.

A mug of beer appears in his hand. He takes a sip, then another. With each chug, the mug magically refills.

“And for your other two wishes?” asks the genie.

Between swallows, the lucky guy shouts, “Give me two more just like this one!”


The award for one of the most disturbing beer labels in American craft beer just might go to this Midwest American brewery.