Issue #1718 – Posted on: 01-Jan-2024

As we look back on 2023 we reflect on the challenges our industry faced including an unprecedented rise in costs and continued supply chain issues in addition to the continual search for qualified employees in an extremely tight labour market. However, at this time we wish to express our gratitude for the wonderful employees who we do have and for our fiercely loyal customers who demonstrate continued enthusiastic support as we quickly approach our 33rd birthday. Let’s celebrate together with some free haggis on January 20th! All the best to you in 2024!


BREWERY “HOPP”ENINGS! Bushwakker head brewer, Michael Gaetz, reports that our seasonally available BLACKBERRY MEAD, “MISSILE”TOW CHRISTMAS ALE, PONCE DE LEON BLACKBERRY-RASPBERRY FRUIT BEERGRANNY’S BITTER and FLEK’S CZECH DARK LAGER are currently available. There is also a batch of PREMIUM PALE ALE currently working its way through the brewery.


Still a few seats available! 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. Come spend a relaxing evening at the good ‘ol Bushwakker as we welcome 2024. Perhaps enjoy Chef Mike’s famous Prime Rib Dinner but we know a plate of nachos is also a fan favourite! Reservations accepted. Two seatings available. Call 306-359-7276 to secure your table today! Open at 3:00 PM.


This Weekend’s Special Dining Feature for December 29th & 30th is a BONE-IN PORK CHOP for $24.95. 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 TWO-HEADED MONSTER lager from 9 Mile Legacy Brewing. Next up is the TWO SUNS HAZY DOUBLE IPA from Paddock Wood Brewing. This will be followed by a MILK STOUT from Black Bridge Brewery.

DECEMBER PREMIUM WINE FEATURES: This month’s red wine feature is the PETER LEHMANN “THE BAROSSAN” SHIRAZ from Australia. The white wine feature is the WHITE SHEEP SAUVIGNON BLANC from New Zealand. Both are $9.95 for a glass and $24.95 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. Nothing For New Year’s Sunday we are open from 3:00 PM – 11:00 PM.

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.

Year in Beer 2023

From The Brewers Association

A maturing market and increased competition call for new strategies and redoubled commitment to innovation.

Mature and Competitive

Slowing growth and heightened competition dealt craft brewers a blow in 2023. But opportunities for innovation give cause for hope.

Brewery Count      OPENINGS – 420       CLOSINGS – 385

Business as Unusual

2023 proved challenging for many small and independent brewers. All signs point to production being down in 2023 — a first (excluding a unique 2020) for independent brewers.

The primary culprits are slowing demand growth, competition from across beverage alcohol, and a retail environment marked by declining draught sales and reduced shelf space for craft.

Many of craft’s challenges call for new strategies to reach new and existing customers in new occasions with new flavors and innovations.

Reality Check

Amid headwinds, there is good news: the continued overall popularity of the category. Independent brewers still sell more than one out of eight beers in the United States, and consumers spend roughly a quarter of their beer dollars on a beer from a small and independent brewer.

Ups and Downs in D.C.

The Brewers Association continued its work to ensure small brewers have equitable access to markets, fair tax rates, and sensible regulations.

The first session of the 118th Congress will be remembered for its rocky start and middle. Despite not having a Speaker of the House for several weeks, following the ouster of Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the government was able to work together to avoid a debt-ceiling crisis and a government shutdown.

Brewers Association staff worked to maintain relationships with our legislative champions and build relationships with the 84 newly elected members of Congress, educating them about small and independent breweries and the legislative issues that impact our industry, including the reintroduced United States Postal Service Shipping Equity Act, supply chain issues focusing on Co2 capture, and ensuring that the federal excise tax structure put in place by the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act is protected. The association also hosted a successful hill climb attended by brewery owners, guild executive directors and supplier members working together to advocate on behalf of the industry.

In the States

The Brewers Association prioritized working closely with state guilds across the country to update outdated laws and regulations, with efforts supporting shipping craft beer directly to consumers, beer franchise law reform, and self-distribution authorization for small and independent craft brewers.

Additionally, the BA brought significant resources to bear to support state-specific beer law modernizations like license stacking, ending draconian regulations, and the expansion of retail rights for breweries across multiple states.



If you were born in September, it’s pretty safe to assume your parents started out the New Year with a Bang!

Dear God, my prayer for 2024 is a FAT bank account and a THIN body. Please don’t mix it up like you did this year.

Anyone who says that alcohol is a depressant isn’t drinking enough of it.

Keep the smile, leave the tear, hold the laugh, leave the pain, think of joy, forget the fear. Be joyous, ‘cause it’s a brand New Year!

My 2024 resolution is for everyone else to gain the 50 pounds I refuse to lose.

People think New Years is a life changing event. If your life sucked last year, it’s probably still going to suck tomorrow.

May all your troubles last as long as your New Year’s resolutions.

I was going to quit drinking for the New Year, but then I remembered no one likes a quitter.


Auld Lang Syne Lyrics by Robert Burns (1788)


Should old acquaintances be forgotten, and never brought to mind?

Should old acquaintances be forgotten, and days of long ago!

Chorus: For old long ago, my dear for old long ago, we’ll take a cup of kindness yet, for old long ago.

We two have run about the hillsides and pulled the daisies fine, but we have wandered many a weary foot for old long ago.

We two have paddled (waded) in the stream from noon until dinner time, but seas between us broad have roared since old long ago.

And there is a hand, my trusty friend, and give us a hand of yours, and we will take a goodwill draught (of ale) For old long ago!

And surely you will pay for your pint, and surely I will pay for mine! And we will take a cup of kindness yet for old long ago!

Robbie Burns was much more than the lyricist for Auld Lang Syne and his birthday falls on the same day as The Bushwakker’s birthday. Get ready for our biggest party of the year complete with free haggis!