Issue #1731 – Posted on: 01-Apr-2024

BREWERY “HOPP”ENINGS! Bushwakker head brewer, Michael Gaetz, reports that our seasonally available UPENDI PINEAPPLE PASSIONFRUIT FRUIT BEER, PREMIUM PALE ALE, PICKARD’S OATMEAL CREAM STOUT and FLEK’S CZECH DARK LAGER are currently available. There are also batches of BREW & GOLD DORTMUNDER LAGER and GALAXY SMASH currently working their way through the brewery.


We haven’t brewed a SMASH (single malt and single hop) beer in quite some time. We are very excited to unveil our upcoming GALAXY SMASH ALE in a special sneak preview edition of First Firkin Friday on April 5th at 5:30. Galaxy hops are one of the most sought after hop varieties in the world. They are prized for their big citrus, peach and passion fruit character. By only using one, simple malt in this special brew, all the beautiful character of the Galaxy hop will be allowed to shine!


March 29th is FESTIVE FISH GOOD FRIDAY! Get ready for the biggest day of the entire year for the number one item on our entire menu! Yes, people really love of Stubblejumper Pilsner battered Alaskan Cod with our award-winning hand-cut fries and house-made tartar sauce. We can only put out so many orders at a time so come down early and if you are looking for takeout orders, call us early in the day at 306-359-7276.


Tickets are 75% sold! The Bushwakker signature event makes its annual return and this year’s theme pays tribute to our late Bushwakker co-founders, Bev & Elaine Robertson. Delicious East coast-inspired cuisine and beer with a deep Bushwakker connection await you. Tickets on sale now. Don’t miss our most decadent dining experience of the entire year!


This Weekend’s Special Dining Feature for March 29th & 30th is a MESQUITE TOMAHAWK PORK CHOP w/ MANGO CHUTNEY 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 a RASPBERRY HEFFEWEIZEN from Paddock Wood Brewing. This will be followed by the STYLE & GRACE NEIPA from Malty National Brewing.

APRIL PREMIUM WINE FEATURES: This month’s premium wine feature hail from Australia! The red is the WEE ANGUS MERLOT and the white is TREAD SOFTLY PINOT GRIGIO. Both are $8.95 for a glass and $23.95 for a half litre.


Final Weekend! Late Bushwakker co-founder and president, Bev Robertson, was an instrumental force in bringing the Saskatchewan Science Centre to fruition. To help celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Science Centre we will be donating $3.14 from each sale of Bev’s namesake POP’S PIZZA made between March 14 – 30 to the Science Centre as part of their PI MONTH celebration.


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.

Easter Beer

By: Heather Storgaard

Easter Beer is a seasonal beer produced for the spring that is slightly more alcoholic than regular beer. In recent years, new editions of Easter Beer have included EPAs (Easter Pale Ales) and Easter fusion creations such as Chocolate Beer. Denmark is claimed to be the world’s leading beer producer, which certainly sounds impressive! In a bit of a reality check, however, it is essential to remember that this is because the love of seasonal beer is a Danish phenomenon.

So, if you enjoy beer, keep an eye out for Easter Beer to add a Danish taste to your Easter celebrations.

The history
As is the case with many kinds of beer, Easter Beer originated in Germany. The story goes that monks would drink stronger beer before their fasts for Easter to help them make it through. However, the beer’s higher strength has been of concern for some time! Records show that the giving of Easter Beer was banned in part of modern-day Germany in 1385, as authorities considered it a security risk because drunken gatekeepers and lookouts couldn’t be trusted under its influence!

Seasonal beer arrived at Danish brewers hundreds of years later, at the turn of the 20th century, Thor Bryggeriet in Randers leading the way, before Carlsberg started releasing Easter Beer in 1904. Since then, Denmark hasn’t looked back! By the middle of the 20th century, motifs focusing on Easter themes began to appear on bottles, with rabbits or hares, chicks, eggs, and daffodils (Danish: påskelilje, lit. Easter Lily) representing Easter to consumers.

Danish beer culture
Beer and its importance to Danish culture and society are some things that shocked many internationals when they first move here. Even linguistically, beer plays a prominent role: in English, I would ask people if they wanted a drink, implying many choices, while in Danish, the question is always: would you like to get a beer? No other choice of tipple is to be considered here!

Regarding alcohol, Denmark treads a different path compared to its Nordic neighbours. In Norway, Greenland and Iceland, alcohol advertising is banned, while in Sweden and Finland, it is minimal. Danish-style marketing events and campaigns linking the time of year to the beer and including cute animals on bottles would not be allowed anywhere else in the Nordic region.

“Beer and its importance to Danish culture and society are some things that shocked many internationals when they first move here.”

Easter beer recommendations
Tuborg is synonymous with Danish seasonal beer, available throughout the country and famous for cute packaging and big marketing campaigns. When I was a student, Tuborg Christmas Beer cans would be strung on strings and hung in our kitchen as low-budget Christmas decorations before being swapped for chicks at the arrival of påskebryg.

Do you have a local brewery? Supporting independent, small-scale breweries is supporting people and communities. My local is Ebeltoft gårdbryggeri, located in the picturesque countryside between Ebeltoft and Grenå. Their beautiful and delicious beers can be found across Denmark.

My father-in-law was so obsessed with Thisted Bryghus’s Easter Beer that he kept a crate of it to drink as his beer of choice year-round. Situated in North-West Jutland in a beautiful 1902 building, this was one of the few Danish breweries not to be bought out by giant consortiums in the 1980s, when the alcohol industry across Europe saw significant changes. So it is well worth a visit for a tour.


What did the Easter egg say to the boiling water? It might take me a while to get hard cause I just got laid by some chick.

Why wouldn’t you want to be an Easter egg? You only get laid once.

I’m combining Easter and April Fool’s day this year. I’m sending the kids out to look for eggs I haven’t hidden.

I think it’s great that the supermarkets are doing ‘Buy One Get One Free’ on Easter eggs now. It’s brilliant, because if you’re in a relationship, you can get one each for you and your partner, and if you’re a single woman, you can have both and try to eat away the loneliness.

How do you make Easter easier? Replace the t with an i.

We celebrate Jesus brutally dying on the cross by getting a giant bunny rabbit to hide chocolate eggs. I can’t help but feel there is a massive gap in information somewhere.

A farmer plays a prank on Easter Sunday. After the egg hunt, he sneaks into the chicken coop and replaces every white egg with a brightly colored one. Minutes later, the rooster walks in. He spots the colored eggs, then storms out and beats up the peacock.


Easter is coming up quick which means it is almost time for another annual Festive Fish Friday on March 29th!