Issue #1661 – Posted on: 28-November-2022

BREWERY “HOPP”ENINGS: Bushwakker Head brewer, Michael Gaetz, reports that our brand new seasonally available THREE DOWN PILSNER and CARA CARA ORANGE BLONDE are currently available on tap, in our offsale and for growler fills too. There are batches of BLACKBERRY MEAD, PICKARD’S OATMEAL CREAM STOUT and “MISSILE”TOW ALE working their way through the brewery. In addition to taking our beer home in glass bottles and 2 litre jugs direct from our brewpub, you can find a varying selection of 650 ml bottles of Bushwakker beer in a number of REGINA SLGA stores.

This Weekend’s Special Dining Feature is Chef Mike’s famous low and slow oven-roasted PRIME RIB served with jumbo Yorkshire Pudding. 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 great value deals.

Our SASK CRAFT GUEST TAP is currently pouring the COLD BREWED STOUT from District Brewing. Next up is the Paddock Wood DARK WOODS PORTER. This will be followed by the ECLIPSE SINGLE HOP PALE ALE from Regina’s Malty National Brewing.

NOVEMBER PREMIUM WINE FEATURES  This month’s wine features are the  PAUL MAS ESTATE WINES from France. The red is their Malbec and the white is their Valmont Blanc.  Both are $8.50 for a glass and $22.95 for a half litre.


Last week we released our commemorative THREE-DOWN PILSNER! This beautiful Bohemian Lager was brewed months ago to allow for maximum aging time. There are still some bottles left! Makes for a fine Saskatchewan Grey Cup keepsake. Also available on tap. Enjoy while quantities last!


Bushwakker was excited to experience our fourth Grey Cup last weekend. Thanks to all the enthusiastic football fans from across the nation who joined us in this national celebration! And thanks to the Saskatchewan Roughrider Pep Band for delivering a dramatic performance. Visit  to view the series of unfortunate events the poor pep band sousaphone player had to endure!


Just one week until Mead Day! Due to popular demand our Blackberry Mead Pre-Order Webpage is back for the third year in a row! Just visit  and select your bottle quantity and pick up time. You just come in through the back door to collect your mead if you select the PICK-UP option or just drive up to our back loading dock and we’ll pop your mead in your trunk if you select the CURBSIDE option. Blackberry Mead Cheesecake is also available for pre-order. It’s easy-peasy-honey-squeezie!


WE ARE HIRING! The busy fall and winter season is here! We need full and part-time cooks, bartenders and a part time sound tech. Stop by with your resume today!

Nov. 21- Dec. 3: AGRIBITION SALOON SERIES. Buckle up for this second annual event involving The Bushwakker, Victoria’s Tavern, Knotted Thistle Pub, Circa 27, Regina Rail Yard Saloon and Cathedral Social Hall. Have your Saloon Series pass downloaded and check-in at any or ALL of our locations for a chance to be entered to win Kane Brown tickets, a Saloon Series belt buckle, CWA swag, and MORE! Download now at The Bushwakker will feature beer and cocktail specials celebrating our provinces craft breweries and distilleries!


Nov. 26: THE 32nd BUSHWAKKER SINGLE MALT SCOTCH TASTING. SOLD OUT. Experience six special order Scottish delights complete with commentary from the masters of ceremonies. Entertainment includes a Highland dancing demonstration as well as a performance from the Regina Police Services Pipes & Drums.

This year’s optional scotch-inspired meal will be available immediately prior to the tasting and features an Oven Roasted Cornish Game Hen with Auchentoshan 12 Year single malt scotch jus. Starts with your choice of Glenmorangie 10 Year single malt scotch – infused Roasted Butternut Squash Soup or Seared Ahi Tuna Nicoise Salad with a Dalwhinnie 15 Year single malt scotch vinaigrette.

This year’s Scotch Tasting will see two dessert offerings!

Sticky Toffee Pudding. Warm English date cake served with a Timintou single malt scotch and vanilla bean- infused butterscotch sauce.

Butterscotch Brownie Cheesecake. Chocolate cheesecake with an Old Pulteney 12 Year single malt scotch sauce with chunks of Bushwakker brownie bits.

Full menu will also be available. Please remember to arrive no later than 5:30 if you wish to dine prior to the scotch tasting.


Nov. 27: OPEN SUNDAYS AT NOON. The second in a series of five consecutive Sunday openings over the 2022 holiday season!


Nov. 28: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. A STORRY WITH HUGHES. Talented acoustic blues duo featuring Jeff Storry and Billy Hughes. 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM.


Nov. 30: Wednesday Folk Night. THE LINCOLN LOGGERS. Lumberjack-themed band delivers their quirky brand of energetic folk. 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM.


Dec. 2: FIRST FIRKIN FIRDAY. Enjoy the pomp and circumstance of this longstanding Bushwakker monthly tradition! A piper from The Regina Police Services Pipes & Drums leads a 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 attempts to tap the keg in one mighty blow! This month’s special firkin offering will be a KRAKEN BLACK ROAST COFFEE RUM – INFUSED “MISSILE”TOW BARLEYWINE CHRISTMAS ALE! The suds-soaking spectacular takes place at 5:30 PM.


We are open Monday – Thursday from 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM. The kitchen closes at 9:00 PM and last call is at 9:15 PM.

NEW WEEKEND HOURS! Fridays and Saturdays we are open from 11:00 AM until midnight. The kitchen is open until 11:00 PM and last call is at 11:15 PM.

We will be open every Sunday from noon to 9:00 PM until Christmas Day. Yes, we will be closed on Christmas Day.

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. Our two banquet rooms are also available for private party rentals. Call Kelly at 306-359-7276 to book either our main floor Arizona Room or basement Clubroom.

Regina Businesses Scoring Big With Economic Spinoff Thanks to Grey Cup

By Aishwarya Dudha  Global News

November 18, 2022 9:23 am

As Regina is cashing in on the Grey Cup week, economic experts say hotels are full, restaurants are packed and fans are exhilarated.

As the clock ticks down to kickoff, Regina is beginning to buzz as football fanatics from across the country arrive in the Queen City for the big game.

Local business owners, meanwhile, say they’re already seeing a benefit as hotels, restaurants and shops get busier and busier.

“We’re all really excited, people are starting to come from all across Canada for the Grey Cup. We’ve got all of our staff scheduled. I think we’re ready to go,” Bushwakker Brewpub bar manager Grant Frew said.

The expected financial impact predicted by Economic Development Regina is $60 to 70 million through the weekend.

“There’s been a lot of energy in the city and that’s fantastic. It really helps that our hotels are full. People from all over the country are using our restaurants, getting a feel for the tastes of Regina, as well as the unique retail shops,” Regina Chamber of Commerce CEO Tony Playter said.

As Regina is cashing in on the Grey Cup week, economic experts say hotels are full, restaurants are packed and fans are exhilarated.

“Today’s a real big day, people are starting to fly in, the city is bumping and busy, some great local bars like O’Hans are getting busy, which just adds to the excitement of the whole festival,” Steve Hanson, a CFL fan in Regina, said.

“Fans are very passionate and while it’s unfortunate (the Saskatchewan Roughriders are) not in the game, they’re still football fans and they will celebrate with the Toronto Argonauts fans and maybe not so much the Winnipeg Blue Bombers fans because of the rivalry. But they love Grey Cup, they love football. It’s going to be just a fantastic celebration,” Playter said.

Playter added that events like these put Regina on the map as a place where national events can be hosted successfully and that attracts other events to Saskatchewan, adding benefits to local businesses, hotels and the labour force.

“I think that Regina has always been a welcoming city to host any event. And we have such a great corps of volunteers that make people feel welcome,” he said.

At Bushwakker, preparations for the Grey Cup started three months ago with the brewing of a special kind of beer: the Three Down Pilsner, a beautiful golden bohemian lager. Frew said it’s a keepsake for everyone coming to Regina, something they can take home to remember the Grey Cup in Saskatchewan

There’s also a traditional burger battle happening in town.

“We are presenting a Grey Cup burger battle. We have a couple of very kicked-up burgers, we have a Toronto burger and a pint special and a Winnipeg burger and a pint special,” Frew said.

Whichever burger sells the most settles the pre-game beef.

“It’s a huge boost for all restaurants. The pandemic was absolutely devastating so right now, things are looking great. We have the Grey Cup, we have a sold-out scotch tasting event, next week we have agribition and then a week after that we have our blackberry mead release on the first Saturday in December,” Frew said.

He was optimistic despite the current economic climate in Canada, which has seen multiple interest rate hikes and inflation.

“Our costs are certainly going up…. But a national event of this calibre, people are going to come. They want to have a good experience.


A bear got into the habit of stealing honey from a mead maker’s bee garden.

The mead maker doesn’t know what to do. As soon as he gets his gun out, the bear climbs up a large tree and can’t be reached. One day the mead maker sees an advertisement in the local paper; “Will help with any animal problem.” He calls the number, and soon after a hefty man arrives with a shovel and a tiny white dog. “This is Snowflake.” The mead maker nods to the doggy. “He will help us,” instructed the hefty man. They all gathered under the tree where the bear was hiding. The man gives a shovel to the mead maker and explains, “Now, I will climb up the tree and shake the bear down from it. When he falls, Snowflake will crawl into his ass and rip him apart from the inside. Understand?”

“Yes, I got it. But what do I do with the shovel?”

“If I fall down first, knock Snowflake out. Immediately!”


Our annual Blackberry Mead Day is coming up quick. Pre-order yours at  and select your bottle quantity and pick up time. Easy-peasy-honey-squeezie!