THE WAKKER WEEKLY – Issue #1735

,

Issue #1735 – Posted on: 29-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 are also batches of CHERRY LIME BLONDE ALE and BREW & GOLD DORTMUNDER LAGER currently working their way through the brewery.

If you are a fan of premium Bitters then our seasonally available PREMIUM PALE ALE is for you! Made with English Kent Golding hops and famous Marris Otter malts. Beautifully balanced caramel and biscuity malt flavours with a clean drying finish. One doesn’t need to be “snooty” to appreciate this seasonally available “proper English” pint!

This Weekend’s Special Dining Feature for April 26th & 27th is BISON BANNOCK BURGER for $23.95. 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 the LUMINOSA SINGLE HOP PALE ALE from Malty National Brewing in Regina. Next up is the ROOIBOS RED LAGER from Saskatoon’s High Key Brewing. This will be followed by the EAGLES & BULLDOGS HAZY IPA from 9 Mile Legacy 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.

 

Congrats to CHERYL CONLY who won our contest on Instagram and received three free tickets to an upcoming edition of Adult Science Night at the Saskatchewan Science Centre. Be sure to follow us for a chance to win in future contests!

UPCOMING BUSHWAKKER EVENTS

Apr. 29: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. THE JAKOB BJORNSON TRIO. Traditional jazz standards from a trio of upcoming jazz pros on drums, tenor sax and upright bass. 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM.

May 1: Wednesday Folk Night. CHRISTOPHER & THE SAINTS. Saskatoon folk rock act makes their Bushwakker debut. If you like The Grateful Dead, The Band, and the Traveling Wilburys then you’ll like this group. 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM.

May 3: FIRST FIRKIN FRIDAY. Enjoy the pomp and circumstance of this longstanding Bushwakker monthly tradition! A piper from The Regina Police Services Pipes & Drums leads a keg (the firkin) of special ale throughout the pub in a procession. A guest volunteer tapper is selected to wield the handmade wooden maul affectionately named, The Mighty Firkin Wakker, and attempts to tap the keg in one mighty blow! This month’s firkin offering is a CHERRY LIME ALE! The suds-soaking spectacular takes place at 5:30 PM.

CURRENT HOURS OF OPERATION AND RESERVATIONS

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.

 

Despite short-term pain, businesses excited for long-awaited Dewdney Ave. construction

Regina Leader Post: Angela Amato

With a two-year construction project set to begin on Dewdney Avenue next week, businesses along the Warehouse District thoroughfare are excited to see the area get a long-awaited facelift.

“A lot of this has been a long-time coming and we’re looking forward to that.”

The Dewdney Avenue Corridor Revitalization Project will finally break ground on April 29, the city announced earlier this month. This year, less visible work will be done to update sewage and water mains, with cosmetic updates to the sidewalks and boulevards to be done during the 2025 construction season.

The design for Dewdney Avenue includes a 3.5-metre “activation area” on the north side of the street for patios, as well as a two-metre-wide sidewalk with a boulevard separating the walkway from the street. A three-metre-wide temporary “multi-use pathway” will run along the south side of Dewdney to provide transportation for interim uses of the Yards.

Heise is excited for the area to be more walkable and accessible by bike.

“We’re huge fans,” he said in an interview Wednesday. “We don’t need more parking. We need more people using some other forms of transportation. That’s what drives business.”

Heise highlighted a recent bike tune-up event held at the brewery, and an annual “Hop Circuit” which he said is often frequented by cyclists visiting several breweries in the Warehouse District.

Bushwakker Brewpub manager Grant Frew said he’s skeptical about the construction timeline but is looking forward to some of the design features the project will bring to life.

“There’s no gain without pain,” Frew said in an interview Wednesday. “If they do stay on schedule and get this complete in two years, it’ll be a couple of tough years, but I think … the payoff will be worth it.”

The project includes traffic lights at Cornwall Street and Hamilton Street as well as a handful of marked crosswalks for easier and safer access.Currently, some customers who frequent Bushwakkers and other businesses along Dewdney Avenue park on the south side of the street, which Frew said has them often playing “Frogger” while trying to cross.

Business owner Tyler Polowy envisions the Warehouse District having a vibe akin to Moose Jaw’s downtown or Edmonton’s Whyte Avenue area.

“I’m hoping for more businesses to open up in this area,” said Polowy, owner of Rooted Living Designs, a retail store that sells plants and home decor. “I feel like (the Warehouse District) is definitely a diamond in the rough … but if we polish it a little bit, it will shine.”

Because access to businesses along the construction route will have reduced accessibility, Polowy says it’s more important than ever to support local. He said the City of Regina has put forward funding for radio advertisements promoting the Warehouse District during construction.

The project, which has been in the works since 2014, comes with a $32-million price tag and is part of the Railyard Renewal Project.

TIME OUT

From the state where drunk driving is considered a sport, comes this absolutely true story. 

Recently a routine police patrol parked outside a bar in Fort Worth, Texas. After last call the officer noticed a man leaving the bar so intoxicated that he could barely walk. The man stumbled around the parking lot for a few minutes, with the officer quietly observing. After what seemed an eternity in which he tried his keys on five different vehicles, the man managed to find his truck and trailer and fall into it. He sat there for a few minutes as a number of other patrons left the bar and drove off.

Finally, he got into the car and started the engine, switched the wipers on and off….it was a fine, dry summer night, flicked the blinkers on and off a couple of times, honked the horn and then switched on the lights. He moved the vehicle forward a few inches, reversed a little and then remained still for a few more minutes as some more of the other patrons’ vehicles left. Finally, when his was the only car left in the parking lot, he pulled out and drove slowly down the road.

The police officer, having waited patiently all this time, now started up his patrol car, put on the flashing lights, promptly pulled the man over and administered a breathalyzer test. To his amazement, the breathalyzer indicated no evidence that the man had consumed any alcohol at all! Dumbfounded, the officer said, ‘I’ll have to ask you to accompany me to the police station. This breathalyzer equipment must be broken.’ ‘I seriously doubt it’, said the truly proud Hillbilly. ‘Tonight I’m the designated decoy.’

The Saskatchewan tradition lives on and on and on and on and…