Issue #1733 – Posted on: 15-Apr-2024

BREWERY “HOPP”ENINGS! Bushwakker head brewer, Michael Gaetz, reports that our seasonally available GALAXY S.M.A.S.H. ALE, UPENDI PINEAPPLE PASSIONFRUIT FRUIT BEER, PREMIUM PALE ALE and FLEK’S CZECH DARK LAGER are currently available. There is also a batch of CHERRY LIME BLONDE ALE and BREW & GOLD DORTMUNDER LAGER currently working its way through the brewery.


Our brand new Galaxy S.M.A.S.H. (Single Malt And Single Hop) ale is now on tap, in our offsale and available for growler fills too! This beautiful brew incorporates two row pale malted barley and Australian Galaxy hops which possess an intriguing citrus, peach and passion fruit character. The perfect refreshing springtime pint! Enjoy while quantities last.


This Saturday night our Bushwakker signature event makes its annual return! 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. There are still a few tickets available. Don’t miss our most decadent dining experience of the entire year! Please note regular menu service will be suspended while we serve the Brewer’s Dinner but will resume immediate following the event.



East Coast Flair – A Tribute to late Bushwakker Co-Founders, Bev & Elaine Robertson

1ST COURSE: Hefeweizen Clams & Mussels Topped with Oyster Rockefeller

Clams and mussels in a garlic butter German Weihenstephaner brewery hefeweizen sauce topped with Oyster Rockefeller. Served with a Pickard’s Oatmeal Cream Stout oat crostini. Paired with Bushwakker Brew & Gold Dortmunder Lager.

2ND COURSE: Sodbuster Apple Soup with Acadian Poutine Rapee

Northern English Brown Ale and apple soup with seasoned pork stuffed potatoes.

3rd COURSE: Stubblejumper Latke Lobster

Stubblejumper Pilsener pancake topped with garlic butter lobster tail. Paired with single malt and single hop Bushwakker Galaxy Smash Ale.

4th COURSE: Cajun Honey Porter Smoked Pork Chop

A Cajun honey and Palliser Porter marinated smoked pork chop served with sautéed creamer potatoes and green beans in a delicate cream sauce. Paired with Bushwakker Flek’s Czeck Dark Lager.

5th COURSE: Grammie Marg’s Ponce De Leon Doughnut with Maple Ice Cream

A family dessert recipe kicked up with the addition of our popular blackberry/raspberry ale topped with apple caramel, molasses candy crumble and blueberry whipped cream with a side of maple ice cream. Paired with Maple Cream Amber Ale from Picaroons Brewery in New Brunswick.

This year’s menu was thoughtfully designed by Bushwakker kitchen team members, Andrew Calibaba and Amber Colbourne.


This Weekend’s Special Dining Feature for April 12th & 13th is a BEER BURGER w/ PORTER FIG JAM 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 a HONEY RYE LAGER from Black Bridge Brewery. Next up is another keg of the very popular RASPBERRY HEFEWEIZEN from Paddock Wood Brewery.

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.


It is nice to see the provincial government recognizing the impact our craft brewing sector has on the provincial economy. Job creation, tourism and various spinoff industries all make Saskatchewan a better place to live and work. Our annual Brewer’s Dinner and ALES Open national homebrewing competition along with other events hosted by craft breweries across the province make this week one to celebrate!


The Bushwakker LOCAL ARTS WALL April Featured Artist is SUSANA DOMARCHI. Susana was born in Santiago, Chile and has spent most of her life in Canada. She earned a degree in International Studies at the University of Saskatchewan. Her passion for the arts comes from her mother’s side, Ana Dormarchi, and other members of her family who have been internationally recognized. Most of her work is abstract and is influenced by Chilean, Latin American and Canadian culture. She is happy to share her work with this wonderful community. Enjoy her colourful works all this month!


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.

The Oldest Breweries in the World

It’s believed that beer was first discovered by accident in ancient Mesopotamia as a by-product of breadmaking. The happiest accident to serve humankind rivals other world-changing inventions of the time like mathematics and the wheel.

Beer has been around for millennia, but dedicated breweries are a far more recent invention. Read on to explore the oldest breweries in the world.

It’s believed that beer was first discovered by accident in ancient Mesopotamia as a by-product of breadmaking. The happiest accident to serve humankind rivals other world-changing inventions of the time like mathematics and the wheel. One of the first written records of beer’s existence appeared as hieroglyphs on ancient Egyptian papyrus, documenting beer recipes used in religious ceremonies at the time between 2300 – 2100 BC. But the drink became a staple of the Medieval food pyramid once it made its way to northern Europe. There were plenty of raw ingredients like barley that grew in the area, and alcoholic beverages were considered healthy. Some say that beer was all that was available to drink at the time due to contaminated drinking water, but this is most likely a myth. Beer was popular, whether or not it was necessary for survival.

Beer’s fame combined with Monastic doctrine that stated monks must work for a living made brewing a central moneymaker for many monasteries during the Middle Ages. This is why Europe is the cake-taker for producing the majority of the oldest breweries in the world, but beer’s flowing taps know no bounds. The biggest beer-drinking countries include many in Europe, like Austria and the Czech Republic, but places like Namibia and the U.S. also know how to hold their booze. However, most official breweries around the world did not arrive until hundreds of years later—mostly due to German influence. But for the sake of variety, newer breweries from around the world are included in this list.

The Oldest Breweries of All Time: Ancient breweries, approx. 5,000 – 13,000 years old

In 2016, the National Academy of Sciences released an archeological study that found evidence of the earliest known brewery in Mijiaya, China. Stanford archeologists found starches such as mountain yam, broomcorn millet and Job’s tears (millet), along with barley in the residue of ancient pottery. Today, Jing-A Brewing Co. out of Beijing, China, created Mijiaya Neolithic Ale (above), a 3.7 percent sour ale, using the same ingredients that were found at the site.

Two years later in 2018, a much older 13,000-year-old brewery in Israel was discovered. Similar to the Mijiaya site, researchers found residue in stone mortars buried in the ground at a burial site for semi-nomadic hunter-gatherers called the Natufians, who lived between the Paleolithic and Neolithic periods. This beer would be much different than the effervescent golden beverage we know today, researchers say. It would have much lower alcohol content and a porridge-like consistency.

While that might not sound particularly palatable by today’s standards, if it’s beer, it’s worth a shot!



A man walks into a bar and orders a shot of whisky then looks into his pocket. He does this over and over again. Finally, the bartender asks why he orders a shot of whisky and afterwards look into his pocket. The man responded, “I have a picture of my wife in there and when she starts to look good then I’ll go home.”


Tickets are now on sale to our Maker’s Mark Spring Bourbon Tasting Event. Experience four unique Maker’s Mark Bourbons with Vancouver bourbon ambassador, Micah Dew. Stop by or call 306-359-7276 to get your tickets. Only $27.95 each.