THE WAKKER WEEKLY – Issue #1723

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THE WAKKER WEEKLY

Issue #1723 – Posted on: 02-Feb-2024

BREWERY “HOPP”ENINGS! Bushwakker head brewer, Michael Gaetz, reports that our seasonally available PICKARD’S OATMEAL CREAM STOUT, FLEK’S CZECH DARK LAGER, CYCLONE BARLEYWINE, and PONCE DE LEON BLACKBERRY-RASPBERRY FRUIT BEER are currently available. Last chance to get our Bushwakker Frost Festival SNOWPLOW Winter Ale is this Friday and Saturday. There are also batches of UPENDI PINEAPPLE PASSIONFRUIT, DORTMUNDER BREW & GOLD and PREMIUM PALE ALE are currently working their way through the brewery.

 


You know we are knee-deep (ha-ha) in a Saskatchewan winter when our Pickard’s Oatmeal Cream Stout is around. Rich, roasty and warming with a silky palate from the oatmeal addition. And the Frost Festival final weekend is here. Last chance to warm your innards with a pint of our SNOWPLOW Dark Ale. A rich blend of English Barleywine and Oatmeal Stout!

This Weekend’s Special Dining Feature for February 2nd & 3rd is BISON LASAGNA for $27.95. 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 a MILK STOUT from Black Bridge Brewery. Next up is the AFRICAN QUEEN HEFEWEIZEN from High Key Brewing. This will be followed by the NECTARON SINGLE HOP PE ALE from Black Bridge Brewery.

FEBRUARY “LOVEY-DOVEY” PREMIUM WINE FEATURES: This month’s wine features are the OUR STORY VQA Wines from Ontario. The red is a CABERNET/ MERLOT and the white wine is called CHARMING WHITE (Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Riesling, Vidal.) Both are $8.95 for a glass and $23.95 for a half litre.

 


The 3rd annual Regina Frost Festival winds up this weekend. Be sure to check out the events taking place in the railyards across the street and then come enjoy our HOT FROSTY BIG BEAVER! A delicious hot bevie made with Outlaw Trail Spirits’ Big Beaver whisky, peppermint schnapps and hot chocolate!



CURRENT HOURS OF OPERATION AND RESERVATIONS NOTES

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 on 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.


Drink Beer With Chocolate on Valentine’s Day

By Michael Agnew

Wine is often seen as the most romantic consort to Valentine’s Day sweets, but truth be told, beer is a much more compatible match. Wine offers only contrast, like pouring fruit sauce on chocolate ganache cake, and the pairing often fails because the sweetness of the dessert makes most wines taste bitter. Beer, on the other hand, brings a host of flavors that complement and contrast chocolate desserts.

As a general rule, when pairing beer with chocolates, you want to go rich and go malty. The toast, roast, caramel, and chocolate flavors of malt-forward beers are a perfect match for the decadent creaminess of truffles or the bitter bite of high-cocoa chocolate. Tart fruit lambics are also fun partners for chocolate treats: they beautifully balance the richness of creamy ganache fillings. But don’t ignore the bitter brews completely: roasty beers can work the way the coffee does with sweets, and in combination with the right dessert, a balanced IPA can be just the thing to make your tastebuds swoon.

How Dark Is Your Chocolate?

Different levels of cocoa content require different beers to make a match. My taste tests indicate that chocolate with a cocoa content around 70% tends to work best with the widest range of beers. This intense chocolate strikes a good balance between bitter and sweet that neither overpowers the beer, nor is overpowered by it. 70% cocoa chocolates are delicious with a wide variety of beers from Belgian dubbels to caramel-like doppelbocks and on up to dry and roasty porters and stouts. A Belgian strong dark ale is heavenly here, and tart fruit lambics absolutely sing.

A few beers to try:
Doppelbock: Sam Adams Double Bock, Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock
Belgian Dubbel: La Trappe Dubbel, St. Feuillien Brun (Both add a nice banana layer to the pairing.)
Belgian Strong Dark: Gouden Carolus Cuvée Van De Keizer Blauw (creates flavors of chocolate-covered cherries in your mouth), Boulevard Sixth Glass Quadruple
Porter and Stout: Meantime London Porter, Deschutes Black Butte Porter, Highland Black Mocha Stout, Pike Street XXXXX Stout
Fruit Lambic: Hanssens Kreik, Timmermans Framboise Lambic

Cocoa content over 80% needs bigger, sweeter beers. The bitterness of these chocolates latches on to the bitterness in the brew. Sweet-leaning imperial stouts or aged English barleywines are the way to go here.

A few beers to try:
Imperial Stout: Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, North Coast Old Rasputin Imperial Stout
English Barleywine: J. W. Lee’s Harvest Ale, Thomas Hardy’s Ale

For milk chocolate, you can try hoppier beers with a solid underpinning of caramel malt. The caramelized sugar flavors combine with the sweet and creamy chocolate to create a caramel explosion in your mouth. The bolder bitterness and juicy citrus flavors of American or English IPA provide a palate-cleansing counterpoint to sugary milk chocolate. Just be sure to pick one with ample amounts of balancing malt.

A few beers to try:
IPA: Bells Two Hearted, Founders Centennial IPA, Goose Island IPA, Anchor Liberty Ale

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TIME OUT – Valentine’s Day “Groaners”

Girl: “I can’t be your Valentine for medical reasons.” Boy: “Really?” Girl: “Yeah, you make me sick!”

What do farmers give their wives on Valentine’s Day? Hogs and kisses!

Roses are red, violets are blue. If he’s busy on Valentine’s Day, the side chick is you!

What do single people call Valentine’s Day? Happy Independence Day!

What’s the best part about Valentine’s Day? The day after when all the chocolate goes on sale.

What did the elephant say to his girlfriend? “I love you a ton!”

What is the true purpose of Valentine’s Day? To remind single people they are single.

Scientists have discovered a certain food that diminishes a woman’s sex drive on Valentine’s Day by 90 percent…Wedding cake.