Issue #1744 – Posted on: 01 – July – 2024

BREWERY “HOPP”ENINGS! Bushwakker head brewer, Michael Gaetz, reports that our seasonally available CITRUS SUMMER WHEAT, CHERRY LIME ALE, GALAXY S.M.A.S.H. ALE and FLEK’S CZECH DARK LAGER are currently available. There are also batches of CYCLONE BARELYWINE, BREW & GOLD DORTMUNDER LAGER and TREPHINATION IMPERIAL IPA currently working their way through the brewery.

Saturday, June 29th will see the release of one of our most powerful ales brewed to commemorate the 112th anniversary of one of the most powerful natural disasters in Canadian history! Although our CYCLONE BARLEYWINE isn’t a summer sipper, many beer aficionados will appreciate this rich, malty ale possessing loads of complexity. A limited number of bottles will be available and only one keg will be on tap at 11:00 AM sharp! Hurry down but enjoy in moderation because this one come in at 8% ABV.

This Weekend’s SPECIAL DINING FEATURE for June 28th & 29th is a GINGER BEEF STIR FRY. 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 LEMON LIME IPA from Black Bridge Brewing. Next up is the QUARK STRANGENESS & CHARM BELGIAN WITBIER from Pile O’ Bones Brewing.

JULY PREMIUM WINE FEATURES: This month’s wine features jail from Australia. The red is the DROVER SHIRAZ. $8.95 for a glass and $23.95 for a half litre. The white is the WOLF BLASS UNOAKED CHARDONNAY. $7.95 for a glass and $21.95 for a half litre.

A great crowd was on hand for the Rider season home game opener last Sunday! Lots of excitement in the air for a great season of Rider football and some decadent gourmet Burger & a Pint Specials too. Next home game is Thursday, July 4th against the Argos. See you before the game for a TORONTO BURGER & a PINT. Come “devour” the competition!

The 2024 HOP CIRCUIT is well underway for the summer! Grab your free map and take a hike or your bike and visit all six participating Regina craft breweries. Collect a stamp on your map at each location and receive a free 2024 Hop Circuit commemorative glass. And yes, we do indeed have a bike rack in our back common area.


June 29: CYCLONE BARLEYWINE RELEASE. A special extra-aged offering to commemorate the 112th anniversary of the Regina Cyclone. The limited edition bottles go on sale at 11:00 AM sharp! One keg will also be on tap.


July 1: CLOSED FOR THE HOLIDAY. Happy Canada Day! Enjoy a cool Bushwakker brew with family and friends this long weekend!

July 2: ANNUAL BLACKBERRY MEAD SUMMER RELEASE. We held back 60 bottles of our famous Blackberry Mead for the summer tourists who are not around these parts in early December. Locals are certainly welcome to partake as well. Did you know that mead is twice as nice on ice? Enjoy in moderation though! 10.5% ABV in the summer heat can sneak up on you. Blackberry Mead Cheesecake will be available too! Bottles go on sale at 11:00 AM sharp!

July 3: Wednesday Folk Night. FRESH BREATH. Multi-instrumental & multi-award nominated soft rock & 70’s inspired duo returns! 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM.

July 4: RIDERS VS. ARGOS. This Thursday night contest kicks off at 7:00 PM so stop by for some delicious pre-game fuel. Come park your vehicle in the massive free parking lot just east across the street, enjoy our gourmet game day TORONTO BURGER & A PINT Special and then grab a free shuttle to the stadium. Come “devour” the competition!

July 5: 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 super summer firkin offering will be a TOASTED OAK COCONUT TEQUILA PORTER! The suds-soaking spectacular takes place at 5:30 PM.



The Beers Of Summer

by Craft Beer Joe

More than any other kind of alcohol, beer is often pigeon-holed into a specific season. While there are wines or even cocktails that might fit the beach more than the winter, I’d argue that beer offers a much wider range of flavor, body, and ABV making it the ideal seasonal drink. And with summer approaching, I thought it was good timing to break down some styles that I think are the best beers of summer.

However, I have to first make a strong argument against this idea all together. Regardless of the temperature or the type of precipitation, I enjoy all styles year round. While many believe stouts are best in the winter and pale lagers are great on hot days, I say both have their place in either season. Yes, I drink big (often barrel-aged) stouts on days when it is 90 degrees outside. And likewise, I will crack open a few lagers on a cold winter evening. It really is more mood dependent than weather dependent; at least for me.

With that rant out of the way, here are some styles you will want to have front of mind for summer.

Fruited Hefeweizen / Wheat Beers

This is one of those styles that can fit just about any situation. Great with food but bold enough to stand alone as well. It transcends seasons but many find it to be very refreshing on a hot day. The medium body and smooth finish will leave you feeling satisfied. Many of these will be fruited as well.

American Pale Lager

We live during a great time as there are so many craft beer options available, including American Pale Lagers. Where macro beer was once the only option, craft breweries have stepped in and provide the “basic beer” style for those that want that flavor but still want to support craft beer. This lawnmower style beer can be found from a wide variety of breweries.

Summer Ales

While there is a decent range in what a summer ale can be, most tend to be mid to low ABV, lighter body, and often have a citrus profile. They won’t be overly bitter or heavy but instead, very easy drinking.


I struggled whether or not to include IPA on this list. It remains the most popular craft beer style but does that mean is should be one of my beers of summer?

With the huge range of types of IPA, there’s no doubt that you’ll find one that fits your summer plans. For me, I love IPA with food. Grilling out and getting the bold hop profile of an IPA is just what I want. Or if you want something that is a bit more fruit-forward, Hazy / New England IPAs will satisfy your cravings.

Final Thoughts

The bottom line; there are a lot of beers of summer to choose from. With vacations, grill outs, trips to the pool, yard work, and so much more; there are lots of great reasons to crack open a craft beer.

But don’t limit yourself to the few I’ve suggested; go try something new on a hot day and see if it fits. I think you’d be surprised how many styles can amplify your summer plans.


A man walks into a bar and orders a double, obviously upset.

“What’s the matter, buddy?” asks the bartender.


“It’s a long story. I met this beautiful woman who invited me back home. We stripped off our clothes and jumped into bed and were just about to make love when her husband came in the front door. So I had to jump out of the bedroom window and hang from the edge by my fingernails without any clothes on!”


“Gee, that’s tough!” commiserated the bartender.


“Right, but that’s not what really got me aggravated. When her husband came into the room, he wanted to have sex with her but he had to piss first. And the lazy son of a bitch pissed out the window right onto my head!”


“Yeech! No wonder you’re in a lousy mood.”


“Yeah, but I haven’t told you what really, really made me mad. Next, I had to listen to them grunting and groaning and when they finished the husband tossed his condom out the window. And where does it land? Right on my forehead!”


“Damn, that really is a drag!”


“Oh, I’m not finished! See, what really pissed me off was when the husband had to take a dump. Turns out that their toilet was broken, so he stuck his ass out of the window and let loose right on my head!”


“That would sure mess up my day.”


“Yeah, yeah, yeah, but do you know what REALLY, REALLY, REALLY pissed me off? When I looked down and saw that my feet were only SIX inches off the ground!”



Another sizzlin’ Saskatchewan summer is here! Grab a bomber bottle of Bushwakker brew and start tanning-up the bods!