Issue #1711 – Posted on: 13-Nov-2023

BREWERY “HOPP”ENINGS! Bushwakker head brewer, Michael Gaetz, reports that our seasonally available BLOOD ORANGE BLONDE ALESASKADIAN BLACK IPABARON BOCK, GRANNY’S BITTER and KAI’S MUNICH HELLES are currently available. Batches of BLACKBERRY MEAD, “MISSILE”TOW CHRISTMAS ALE, PREMIUM PALE ALE and FLEK’S CZECH DARK LAGER are currently working their way through the brewery.


Mead Day is December 2nd! Our favourite bottler, Austin, has been working hard and our Blackberry Mead Cellar is slowing filling up again for our 2023 Mead Day Release! Don’t want to wait in line in the cold? No problem! Our new and improved Mead Pre-Order Page is up and running on our website. Just pick your quantity and pick-up time, pull up to the back of the building and we will drop our Christmas specialty nectar in the trunk of your toasty, warm vehicle!


Celebrating 29 Years of Bushwakker Mead with #meadmemories! Join us in celebrating 29 years of Mead magic. Share your cherished Mead memories by posting photos or stories online and tagging Bushwakker or using #MeadMemories. Participate in our Mead Memory Contest for a chance to win a Blackberry Mead prize pack. To enter either comment on one of our posts with a photo or story about your favorite mead memories OR post a photo and tag us in it! Be sure to use the hashtag #MeadMemories


The BUSHWAKKER LOCAL ARTIST WALL for the month of November features the works of SHEILA BANGA. Sheila was born and raised in Saskatchewan. She lives in Regina. She had enrolled in a number of formal art classes at the University of Regina in the 80’s. Giving up art for a number of years she retaught herself drawing and painting techniques. Her paintings and pet portraits have found homes across Canada. Sheila works in pencil, soft pastel, colored pencils and acrylic. Sheila is an active member of the HeARTland Artists Guild, Regina Federation of Artists, Art Gallery of Regina and Artists Who Care (Alan Blair Cancer Clinic).

Although I paint various subjects, landscapes are my passion. I love to paint wooded areas, rocky gorges, waterfalls, mountains, rivers, lakes, prairie flatlands and valleys. Landscapes offer a never ending range of subjects and always change with seasons. I love to paint wildlife and have begun to incorporate animals into some of my landscapes. I am so thankful for the wonderful photographers who so generously allow me to use their photos for reference. Acrylic is my choice of medium. It is versatile, challenging and forces me to make problem solving decisions.  I continue to learn and explore with acrylics. My landscape paintings are a combination of my imagination and an actual place, I use one or more photos as reference for my paintings. Although I may have an initial idea of what the end product will look like, it never is. There can be minor to major changes in the composition, choice of color etc. What initially seemed like a good idea is altered to make a stronger more appealing final piece.

Enjoy Sheila’s works all this month!


Last Saturday’s BUSHWAKKER WRITER’S CORNER SIXTH EDITION AUTHOR READING saw a great turnout.  Thank you to all of those who helped us celebrate the talents of six local authors. This year’s line-up included (left to right;) Shane Arbuthnot, Tim Blackett, Bev Lundahl, Solomon Ratt, Michael Trussler and Annabel Townsend.


Our annual Single Malt Scotch Tasting event sold out in just two and half hours this year. For those 150 attendees, we have a special scotch-inspired meal which will be available that evening for your consideration. Please note our full menu will also be available. Anyone wishing to dine prior to the tasting event on Saturday, November 18th should arrive by 5:30 at the latest. Our Arizona Room will be open to the general public that evening. However, food service will be suspended in that room over the supper hour while the kitchen focuses on serving the scotch tasting folks first.

Bushwakker 33rd Single Malt Scotch Tasting Optional Dinner Offering (available Nov. 18th)

Starter: Cardini Caesar Wedge Salad with Laphroaig Caesar dressing, candied bacon and focaccia garlic toast points.


Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with a Highland Park bacon jam & crème fraiche drizzle and focaccia garlic toast points.

Main: Braised Lamb Shank with Talisker jus, roasted autumn vegetables served on a bed of creamy braised leek aged cheddar risotto.

DessertGlenmorangie Brown Butter Apple Tart with Butter Ripple Ice Cream.


Sticky Toffee Pudding Cheesecake


This Weekend’s Special Dining Feature for November 10th & 11th is MISO GLAZED STEELHEAD TROUT for $26.95. Our Saturday CLASSIC STEAK & A PINT SPECIAL as well as 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 TREASURE RED IPA from Malty National Brewing. Next up is a RYE ALE from Black Bridge Brewery. This will be followed by the TALUS WEST COAST IPA from High Key Brewing.

NOVEMBER PREMIUM WINE FEATURES: This month’s ORGANIC wine features are from the CONO SUR WINERY in Chile. The red is an organic CABERNET SAUVIGNON/CARMENERE/SYRAH and the white is an organic SAUVIGNON BLANC. Both are $8.95 for a glass and $23.95 for a half litre.


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. 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.

Plant to Pint: Pouring

Saskatchewan’s craft beer producers are pouring life into their communities

By Peter Mills – CBC Saskatchewan

This is the final piece in a three-part series about Saskatchewan’s craft beer industry, the

There are countless ways to suggest getting together for a beer: you can go for a pint, pick up a six-pack, hit up the pub, grab a cold one.

“They used to use the term, ‘It’s the everyman’s drink,’” Rebellion Brewing Company CEO Mark Heise said. “‘Everyone’s drink’ nowadays, I think, is more appropriate, and we’ve really tried to buy into that.”

You’ll find beer prominently — for better or worse — at sporting events, music festivals, weddings, barbecues, and bonspiels. You can see the names of the biggest beer companies in the world slapped on stadiums and sponsored events.

Heise said craft breweries are different because the people behind them are actually living in the community.

“You can’t do that with mass-produced, global products,” he said. “I’ve never met the person who made Oreo cookies and I probably never will and I don’t care. I have no attachment to Oreo cookies.”

Pile O’ Bones Brewing president Josh Morrison believes craft beer in particular takes this inherently social element to the next level.

“It’s part of your social licence,” Morrison said. “People want authenticity and they want to feel like they’re part of a community. They want to go to a brewery that’s part of the community. I don’t think you could just sit back and sell beer. If you did, I don’t think you’d be very success.

The taste of the town

Beer is putting a little prairie town on the map.

Nokomis, Sask., is located almost the same distance from Saskatoon and Regina. Thanks to Jeff Allport, his partner, Kara, and their brewery, Nokomis Craft Ales, the town is now a destination. It’s a pilgrimage for beer lovers.

“We see beer as being something that is very connected to where we live,” Allport said. “I’m sure it makes the community unique in that regard — the fact a small town of 400 people has a brewery located within it – but to us it really makes sense.”

Nokomis Mayor David Mark sees the pride of his town every time he opens his fridge.

“They’ve been a real injection of energy into the community,” Mark said. “We couldn’t ask for better exposure with our name on each can, our name in every pub across the province. It really does help.”

Mark admitted he was “woefully behind” on beer trends before the brewery came to town, but it didn’t take long to see the benefits.

“A lot of our rural communities have gone through a gauntlet of challenges over the last 20 years,” Mark said. “I really do see Jeff’s business as a catalyst. We would have still been here without him, but not in nearly as good of a position.”




“What whisky will not cure, there is no cure for.” (Proverb)

“Always carry a flagon of whisky in case of snakebite, and furthermore, always carry a small snake.” (W.C. Fields)

“There is no bad whisky. There are only some whiskies that aren’t as good as others.” (Raymond Chandler)

“A good gulp of hot whiskey at bedtime—it’s not very scientific, but it helps.” (Alexander Fleming)

“Love makes the world go round? Not at all. Whiskey makes it go round twice as fast.” (Compton Mackenzie)


Just three more weeks until our annual Blackberry Mead Release on Saturday, December 2nd! No need to wait in line anymore now that you can pre-order your mead for advance walk-in pick-up or curbside pick-up. Visit our website homepage and place your order today!