Issue #1665 – Posted on: 26-December-2022

BREWERY “HOPP”ENINGS: Bushwakker Head brewer, Michael Gaetz, reports that our seasonally available BLACKBERRY MEAD, “MISSILE”TOW CHRISTMAS ALE, CHERRY PASSION FRUIT ALE, PICKARD’S OATMEAL CREAM STOUT and THREE DOWN PILSNER are currently available. There is also a batch of  ARCTIC DARK LAGER working its 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.


LAST MINUTE GIFT IDEAS! Our gift cards make for the ideal stocking stuffer. Available in $25, $50 and $100 denominations. Brand new Bushwakker ball caps arrived last week. Choose from a low profile forest green cap or a six panel brushed cotton drill beige cap. And of course our BLACKBERRY MEAD individual bottles and six-packs and even dozens are the perfect gift or Christmas turkey pairing idea!


This Weekend our Saturday CLASSIC STEAK & A PINT SPECIAL will 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 CRANBERRY SMOKED PORTER from Swift Current’s Black Bridge Brewing. Next up is the LEVITATION BOURBON BARREL-AGED IMPERIAL STOUT (10%) from Nokomis Craft Ales. This will be followed by the LIFT OFF BANANA STOUT from Malty National Brewing.

DECEMBER PREMIUM WINE FEATURES: This month’s red wine feature is the CIGAR BOX OLD VINE PINOT NOIR from Chile. The white wine feature is the QUAIL’S GATE CHASSELAS PINOT GRIS – PINOT BLANC from British Columbia. Both are $8.95 for a glass and $23.95 for a half litre.


Our Bushwakker CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY SIX-PACKS are be back for a limited time! This year’s selection is one of the most exotic to date and includes a bottle of 2022 Blackberry Mead as well as a bottle of 2021 Blackberry Mead, a “Missile” tow Christmas Ale, a Grey Cup commemorative Three-Down Pilsner, a Cara Cara Fruit beer as well as a bottle of our signature Palliser Porter!


Many years ago we gave you a simple formulated event and you loved it. No noisemakers, no escalated drink prices, no cover charge, no midnight champagne, no dancing, no line-ups, no hassle, no problem. The tradition continues this year for a 17th edition. Come spend a relaxing evening at the good ‘ol Bushwakker as we welcome 2023. Perhaps try Chef Mike’s special New Year’s Eve Prime Rib Dinner. A delicious meal to finish off the year! Two seatings are available from 4:30 – 7:00 as well as 7:15 – close. Call 306-359-7276 to reserve your table today!


Last week we were pleased to announce that Bushwakker floor manager, Cheryl Tovey, received a Queen Elizabeth Platinum Jubilee medal in recognition of her outstanding public service contributions for volunteerism and community service. This week’s announcement is even more ground-shaking. After over 30 years of taking care of you, Cheryl will now be taking care of herself and will be hanging up her Bushwakker apron at the end of this year. But she is going out with a bang and you are all invited to come celebrate her monumental milestone at a huge “Last Blast” Bushwakker Bash in her honour on Thursday, January 12 at 5:30 PM. Live music with Terraplane, The Red Wagon Bohemians and a Storry With Hughes, a special firkin tapping presentation and Cheryl’s favourite dishes too! Come party with the most popular woman in Regina!


WE ARE HIRING! The busy fall and winter season is here! We need full and part-time cooks. Stop by with your resume today or email it to

Dec. 24: CHRISTMAS EVE. Open 11:00 AM until 5:00 PM.


Dec. 25: CLOSED. Have a restful Christmas!


Dec. 26: Monday Night Jazz & Blues Boxing Day Bash with CALL ME MILDY.  Four-piece act pumps out melodic blues rock with a dash of reggae. 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM.


Dec. 28: Wednesday Folk Night. BRAD & MELISSA. Two veteran musicians come together for a great night of acoustic folk rock and more. 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM.


Dec. 31: NOTHING FOR NEW YEAR’S EDITION #17. Our most popular non-event of the entire year! Two seatings are available from 4:30 – 7:00 as well as 7:15 – close. Call 306-359-7276 to reserve your table today!


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. Closed Sundays.

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.

Beers to Leave for Santa on Christmas Eve

By: Chris Guest

Christmas and beer go hand in hand, but what about the mythical figure that makes the season truly special? I’m speaking of Santa Claus (or jolly old St. Nicholas or Kris Kringle, etc.), who holds the unenviable task of delivering presents to all the children on his list. Though he has a tough job, perhaps one thing could make his night better: Fine craft beer. Read on to explore this list of beers to leave for Santa on Christmas Eve night.

“Christmas time is here; happiness and beer; drinks for all and adults call their favorite time of year.”

While those might not be the exact lyrics from that beautiful piece of music from Vince Guaraldi in A Charlie Brown Christmas, the message works well for beer connoisseurs when the holidays roll around, as there’s something exquisitely special about beers at Christmastime.1:54:

With that in mind, there is one person that perhaps a deserves a beer more than anyone else around the holidays. You know, the guy known for his booming laugh, rosy cheeks and rotund figure with a penchant for magical abilities?

No, I’m not talking about Wilford Brimley in Cocoon, but rather Santa Claus, the man responsible for delivering gifts to children on Christmas Eve.

Certainly, all that delivering is a tall task, so Santa is often welcomed into homes by leaving cookies out at night so that the portly, hirsute, bespectacled gentleman will have nourishment as he rappels down chimney chutes with reckless abandon.

Sometimes, though, the winsome and chipper bloke might prefer to be left something that will truly keep that rosiness in his cheeks for the rest of the night.

That’s right: Maybe Santa Claus would prefer to be left some delectable beers by Christmas trees as he does his nightly rounds.

With that in mind, read on to explore a few beers that would surely bring a smile to old Sinterklaas’s lips as he sipped a hearty brew before moving onto the next house (where he would hopefully find another nice tipple).

Santa’s Little Helper
Port Brewing Co.

This Imperial Stout features candi sugar and oaky notes with a finish of espresso. Sharing a name with the dog in The Simpsons, who was famously rescued around Christmastime, this offering from Port Brewing Co. shows Mr. Claus imbibing a foamy brew with an elf as well a reindeer, perhaps portending what Santa will get into with his helpers once his busiest day of the year is completed.

Though this piece is not about the logistics of Santa’s task, it is truly astonishing that Santa is able to visit all the children around the world (who landed themselves on the “nice” list) in such a short period of time, but I suppose that’s what a magical chap like Sinterklaas can do. It also helps that his sleigh is piloted by ace pilot, Rudolph.

Breckenridge Brewery

This barrel-aged beauty is sure to put some curl in Santa’s already notably full beard, especially considering it’s a whiskey barrel-aged version of Breckenridge Brewery’s popular Christmas Ale.

If you really wanted to give back to the legendary Kris Kringle, perhaps you could leave both the original Christmas Ale and Holidale to serve as a sort of double feature. Surely, Santa could imbibe one as he left presents with you and then end the night with the second one as his duties are winding down.



Julie was a pretty 18 year old girl. In the week before Christmas she sauntered up to the curtain counter, and was trying to decide which of the many types of tinsel she would buy.

Finally, she made her choice and asked the spotty youth who was manning the fabric section, “How much is this gold tinsel garland?”

The spotty youth pointed to the Christmas mistletoe above the counter and said, “This week we have a special offer, just one kiss per meter.”

“Wow, that’s great”, said Julie, “I’ll take 12 meters.”

With expectation and anticipation written all over his face, the boy measured out the tinsel, wrapped up the garland, and gave it to Julie.

She then called to an old man who had been browsing through the Christmas trees and said to the youth, “My Grandpa will settle the bill.”


Each craft brewery needs to carve their unique path in the Christmas beer category.