Issue #1745 – Posted on: 08 – July – 2024

BREWERY “HOPP”ENINGS! Bushwakker head brewer, Michael Gaetz, reports our seasonally available CYCLONE BALREYWINE, BREW & GOLD DORTMUNTER EXPORT LAGER, CITRUS SUMMER WHEAT, CHERRY LIME ALE and GALAXY S.M.A.S.H. ALE are currently available. There is also a batch of TREPHINATION IMPERIAL IPA currently working its way through the brewery.

It’s been like Christmas in July this week! Normally December is when we see Barleywine and Blackberry Mead but our Cyclone Barleywine is on tap and in our offsale and our limited Summer Blackberry Mead Release features a few bottle of this powerful honey berry elixir in our offsale too!

This Weekend’s SPECIAL DINING FEATURE for July 5th & 6th is SMOKED BABY BACK PORK RIBS. 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 the QUARK STRANGENESS & CHARM BELGIAN WITBIER from Pile O’ Bones Brewing. Next up is a SASKATOON BERRY LAGER from Saskatoon’s 9 Mile Legacy 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.

Our legion of Bushwakker enthusiasts have never been shy to share their opinions with us. Our snazzy new handmade wooden suggestion box is now in position at the bar eagerly awaiting your constructive criticism and feedback. Much thanks to longtime Bushwakker customer and friend, Andrew Gilbert, for his handiwork. Andrew has the following message to share;

In April, waiting to depart on a spring vacation, yet another snow and winter event plunged me into my basement with little wood and no immediate project. I remembered the many years of sitting at the bar by the pillar, and how often my aesthetic sense had been troubled by the suggestion box made of chipboard (a material I have no fondness for). So with left over woods from previous projects I built a suggestion box made from a combination of cherry, maple and walnut, which bar manager, Grant, agreed to install in place of the old venerable box. I hope my visits will be enhanced with a new visual focus, and provide a chance for others to offer ideas to improve the Bushwakker experience. 


I also have some small furniture pieces developed in the really long winter shutdowns of Covid, which I am hoping to donate to charities for fundraising events. Leave a note in the suggestion box if this will help your charity!

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.


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.

July 8: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. A STORRY WITH HUGHES. Talented acoustic blues guitar duo featuring Jeff Storry and Billy Hughes. 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM.

July 10: Wednesday Folk Night. BRIAN PAUL D.G. & FRIENDS. Singer-songwriter with his ever-evolving musical friends offer a dynamic synergy of mostly original compositions with a focus on story-telling and improvisation! 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM.


What is Dortmunder?


Editor’s Note: The Bushwakker very recently released the seasonally available Brew & Gold Dortmunder Export Lager.  This is one of the very few ALES Open national homebrewing competition “Best of Show” winners which make a return to our taps every few years. Our brewers absolutely love this beer style and describe it as being our most balanced beer offering. It has been aged for six months so come taste this beautiful and rare lager beer style.

Dortmunder is a German-style, relatively light-bodied lager. A bit stronger,with more body than a helles lager, not quite as hoppy as a pilsner. Historically, it was (and still is) brewed by breweries like Kronen and DAB in Dortmund, Germany.

More Depth

In a previous article, I optimistically mused about Dortmunder becoming “the new IPA.” Why?  First, Dortmunder is a fun-to-say, catchy, memorable word. Second, like India Pale Ale, Dortmunder comes with a great backstory. Of course, it’s also a lovely style of beer.

Dortmunder is a word used to describe something/someone from Dortmund, a town in Germany. In terms of beer, we’re talking about the beer commonly known as DAB, DAB Original, or DAB Export. Dortmunder Actien Brauerei (DAB) is pretty much synonymous with Dortmunder-style beer. Kronen is another brewery in the city of Dortmund that brews this style of beer, but DAB acquired that brewery back in the 1990s.

Kronen Brauerei is actually a much older brewery than DAB, but the latter attained a higher level of visibility and recognition.

The best descriptions I’ve found suggest that Dortmunder falls somewhere between helles and pilsner. Crisp and light like helles, but a bit maltier and stronger in terms of ABV. Slightly more full-bodied and not quite so hoppy as pilsner. They usually clock in somewhere just above 5 percent ABV. The water around Dortmund is considered high in sulfates and some say that factor contributed to the original beer’s character as well.

While American craft brewers always interpret tradition through their own creative lenses, it seems rather silly to call a beer a Dortmunder unless you’re aiming to make a beer that pretty closely mirrors the tradition.


About 150 years ago, in 1868, Dortmunder Actien Brauerei (DAB) started brewing beer in the town of Dortmund. It quickly grew into one of the most successful breweries of its time and about 10 years after opening it started exporting its flagship beer internationally, most notably to Africa, India and Japan.

Maybe I’m giving DAB too much credit, but I don’t think I’d be talking about Dortmunder right now if it wasn’t for DAB.

Dortmunder Actien Brauerei was an early adopter of “refrigeration machines” in the late 19th century, which helped provide stable, year-round fermentation of this cold-fermented, lager-style beer. In fact, installation of the original refrigeration equipment at Dortmunder Actien Brauerei was supervised by Nobel Prize winner Karl von Linde, the physicist attributed with inventing the technology.

The adoption of this newfangled technology enabled the brewery to grow to an impressive size in its first two decades of existence, producing 100,000 hectoliters per year by the mid-1880s. That’s a very impressive number for that era. By 1913 the brewery was producing 250,000 hectoliters of beer per year. Again, a really, really impressive number for that era.

Surviving World Wars

The town and its namesake brewery survived World War I but neither were so lucky the second time around. The entire town of Dortmund was essentially destroyed during World War II. By 1949, they’d rebuilt the brewery and resumed making beer.

DAB has modernized with the times and still brews and exports beer. In the 1980s they opened a state of the art, new brewery. In the mid-90s they took over Kronen. Today, DAB is part of the Radeberger Group, which is the largest brewery group in Germany.

Dortmunder Actien Brauerei produces a number of different styles, but when Americans talk about DAB or Dortmunder, they’re talking about the original.

The city of Dortmund (pop. 585,000) is located in the North Rhine-Westphalia region of Germany.


A guy sees a sign outside a bar that says “Piano Player Wanted,” so he goes in to apply. The bartender, who is desperate for a player, asks the man to play him something. The man sits down and plays some of the most beautiful music the bartender’s ever heard.

“That was amazing” exclaims the bartender. “What was that called?”


“That was something I like to call ‘A Weasel Ate My Genitals.'”


“Oh. You know anything else?” The guy plays another amazingly gorgeous piece. Impressed, the bartender applauds and asks what that one was called.


“It’s called ‘Crap on My Head, I Love It.'”


“Okay,” says the bartender. “You can have the job, just as long as you don’t tell anyone the names of the songs.”


So the guy begins working nights at the bar, playing to full houses every night, and, true to his word, never revealing the titles of the songs.


One night, though, he takes a break to go to the bathroom and forgets to zip up his pants afterwards and his schlong is hanging out. A patron notices and approaches him.


“Do you know your pants are unzipped and your thing is hanging out?”


“Know it, pal?” says the piano player. “I wrote it!”

Although we do not condone tequila and beer consumption for the speed of its effect, we do appreciate the delicious variety of flavours found in both. Our July 5th edition of First Firkin Friday features a Toasted Oak Coconut Tequila Porter. Should be oodles of interesting flavours found in the firkin that Friday. See you at 5:30!