THE WAKKER WEEKLY - Issue #1265 - Posted on: 27-Apr-2015
Bushwakker NewsOur premium red wine special for April is Arboleda Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile. The white is Charles Smith (2014 Winemaker of The Year) Kung Fu Girl Riesling from Washington State. Both are $8.95 for a glass and $25.95 for a half litre. Our guest draught tap is currently pouring a specialty offering from the Paddock Wood Brewery in Saskatoon. The Cerces Elixir is a barrel-aged version of their Imperial IPA. It has been partially fermented with Brettanomyces yeast, which is used to brew Lambic beers. Next up is the Shipyard Brewing XXXX Imperial IPA from Portland , Maine. 9.25% ABV, 70 IBUs and scores 90 points on Ratebeer.com. We write elsewhere on this page about trends and innovations. The Bushwakker has begun to offer a series of so-called “single-hopped” beers, meaning that only one hop variety was used throughout the brewing process, for the initiation of the boil and for later additions for hop flavour and for hop aroma. This allows the beer aficionada the opportunity to learn the specific flavour and aroma characteristics of the various hops used today in brewing. Alexander Keith’s has already offered a whole series of single-hopped beers. The Bushwakker’s first single-hopped beer is Amarillo American Pale Ale and is now on tap. Amarillo also represents another trend, session ales. Session ales may have all the flavour of an IPA, which usually has an alcohol strength around 7%. Amarillo has an alcohol strength of 4.5%, so you can have more than one if you wish.
From Rebellion Brewing’s facebook page:Three cheers go up for Bushwakker Brewing Company, the winners of the Inaugural Rebellion/ALES Open Cask Festival. Their Irish Coffee Milk Stout was damn tasty. Congratulations are in order to Bushwakker head brewer Mitch! Other breweries present at Rebellion’s Cask Festival were Paddock Wood Brewing Co., Black Bridge Brewery, Nokomis Craft Ales, Rebellion Brewing Company and Half Pints Brewing Company. Head Server Cheryl tapped our firkin. (See below.)
Bushwakker EventsApr. 27: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. Whiteboy Slim’s Birthday Blues Bash. Toronto Exclusive Magazine-Best Blues Artist , Best. Blues CD, Best Blues Song 2007 & 2010. 8:00 PM. Apr. 29: Wednesday Night Folk. Bears in Hazenmore. Ambient-indie folk from the heart of the prairies. 9:00 PM. May 1: First Firkin Friday. Enjoy the pomp and circumstance of a small keg (the firkin) of specialty created beer being paraded around the pub in a small procession lead by a piper from the Regina Police Pipes & Drums. A volunteer guest firkin tapper is selected and quite often gives everyone in the immediate vicinity a beer shower if the keg isn`t tapped with proper strength and precision. Check out the April First Firkin Friday tapping video on our website homepage at www.bushwakker.com to see the messy and hilarious results that befall those who miss the mark when tapping the firkin. If you ever wondered what a set of beer soaked bagpipes and kilt looks like, be sure to check out our short FirkinCam video. The firkin tapping takes place on the first Friday of every month at 5:30 PM. May 4: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. The Jazz Band-Its. Over 20 members comprise this very large band playing some great big band jazz. 8:00 PM. May 5: Wednesday Night Folk Special Edition. Annual Bushwakker Regina Women In Song event. A showcase of three young and very talented female artists. This year`s performers include: Katie Miller, MYLA and Annie Burch. 9:00 PM. May 11: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. The Ministry of Groove. Popular act plays 1970`s jazz funk and beyond. 8:00 PM. May 13: Wednesday Night Folk. Kory Istace Vs. The Time Pirates. Renegade folk rock. 9:00 PM. May 15 & 16: May Long Weekend Keg Event. The first long weekend of the Saskatchewan summer season will hopefully be a warm one. With any one of our four sizes of Bushwakker kegs available, you will receive free cups, coasters, ice and the loan of a keg chilling tub. 10 litre (29 standard servings), 19 litre (55 standard servings), 29 litre (85 standard servings) and 59 litre (171 standard servers) are available for any size gathering big or small.
Our May Artist is Quin C. GreigQuin C. Greig was born in Swan River, Manitoba in 1988. Raised on a remote acreage, Quin spent much of her childhood among animals and nature, playing solitary “games of imagination,” which would eventually have a profound effect on the subject matter of her artwork. Her father, Tim Greig, is a visual artist, and both of her parents fostered her creativity. Quin is now a practicing interdisciplinary artist, and she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts with distinction from the University of Regina in 2013. While experienced in oil painting, intaglio printmaking and sculpture, she specializes in watercolor drawings. While deeply interested myth and magic - She is simultaneously, and just as importantly, influenced by the people whom she encounters in her daily life. In previous works, she has cast her personal friends, family and co-workers into roles made traditional to others through fairytales, fables and allegory. This is representative of the ways in which she feels she has encountered magic, synchronicity, and archetypes from the Jungian “collective unconscious” in her own unfolding narrative. In her ”Symbolic Spiritual Portraiture” series, “people” remain her subject matter, but rather than creating a portrait that represents their outward likeness in an archetypal role, an interview is administered to determine symbolism which represents the subject’s “inner self”. This was a challenge to herself as an artist to attempt to increase her perception and intuition, determining a selection of imagery that accurately represents her subject “spiritually”. Quin currently divides her time between her home studio and The Bushwakker Brewing company where she has worked as a waitress since 2010.
From Deschutes Brewpub, Portland OR.
The Saskatchewan Beer Scene.On Monday, April 13 an article appeared in the Leader Post written by Todd MacKay, Prairie director, Canadian Taxpayers Federation. He bemoaned the fact that some beers, such as Moose head, Coors and Corona, are refrigerated while on display in SLGA stores, while others are not. The SLGA and MacKay seem to both assume that these are premium products, worthy of special treatment. Saskatchewan is surely the only place in North America where such an article could appear in a local newspaper. We agree with the MacKay that the policies of the SLGA are not in the best interest of the consumer. They are determined mainly by the need to maximize revenue for government; the consumer be damned. We would not agree, however, that they do indeed maximize that revenue. They are also an attempt to squeeze the distributors of these imported products for more money and are related to the weird decision by SLGA to NOT have any refrigeration for beer in their new warehouse being built at the Global Transportation Hub. We add that they support the image of the province as being backward. Moosehead, Coors Banquet Beer or Corona are more expensive because they must travel further than many beers on the SLGA shelves, from New Brunswick, Colorado and Mexico respectively, but in our spectrum of beer they all occupy the same identical point at the extreme cheap end of that spectrum, with properties often associated with sex in a canoe, and there’s nothing premium about them. In fact, the world’s most recognized beer expert up until his death in 2007, Michael Jackson of London England, replied in frustration to the oft repeated question “What’s the world’s worst beer?” with “Okay then, it would have to be Corona.” Our concern is about the near absence of the 99% of the rest of the beer spectrum in most beer stores and restaurants in Saskatchewan, refrigerated or not. We have a long way to go to catch up with the 21st century. We didn’t see this article when it was published because we were on the road somewhere between AZ. and SK. It was taken from a web forum on beer news. Our primitive beer scene is now on display for all the world to see. Tourism Saskatchewan should be concerned!
Time Out.The only seat available on the train was directly adjacent to a well-dressed middle-aged French woman and the seat was being used by her dog. The weary traveler asked, "Ma'am, please move your dog. I need that seat." The French woman looked down her nose at the American, sniffed and said, You Americans. You are such a rude class of people. Can't you see my little FiFi is using that seat?" The American walked away, determined to find a place to rest, but after another trip down to the end of the train, found himself again facing the woman with the dog. Again he asked, "Please, lady. May I sit there?". I'm very tired. The French woman wrinkled her nose and snorted "You Americans! Not only are you rude, you are also arrogant....!" The American didn't say anything else, he leaned over, picked up the dog, tossed it out the window of the train and sat down in the empty seat. The woman shrieked and railed, and demanded that someone defend her honor and chastise the American. An English man sitting across the aisle spoke up indignantly "You know, sir, you Americans do seem to have a penchant for doing the wrong thing. You eat holding the fork in the wrong hand. You drive your autos on the wrong side of the road. And now, Sir, you've thrown the wrong bitch out the window." A man enters a barbershop for a shave. While the barber is foaming him up, he mentions the problems he has getting a close shave around the cheeks. "I have just the thing," says the barber, taking a small wooden ball from a nearby drawer. "Just place this between your cheek and gum." The man places the ball in his mouth and the barber proceeds with the closest shave the man has ever experienced. After a few strokes the client asks, "What if I swallow it?" "No problem," says the barber. "Just bring it back tomorrow like everyone else does." A tourist from Bulgaria visited the United States on his first overseas trip. Upon arrival at the Immigration desk, he is visibly puzzled filling his visa application. The Immigration officer looks over his shoulder, and sees the tourist trying to write "Twice a week" into the small space labeled "SEX". The officer explained: "No, no, no. That is not what we mean by this question. We are asking 'Male' or 'Female'." "Does it matter?" the tourist answered.
Weekend Seafood Feature: Blackened Perch on Fresh Green Salad w/ Raspberry Balsamic Vinaigrette. $13.95 (Northern Lights Lager)
Soup & Sandwich Special is $11.95. All hot specials are $15.95, except where noted, and include a serving of soup du jour, chopped, or Caesar salad.
Fri., April 24
Roasted Butternut Squash
Roast Beef & Cheddar w/ Sourdough
Peppercorn Striploin w/ Aged Cheddar Mashed & Grilled Asparagus. $16.95
Sat., April 25
Black Bean & Chorizo Sub
Steak & a Pint. $17.95
Mon., April 27
Carrot & Coconut Purée
Crispy Pork Wrap
Yellow Curry Shrimp Linguini
Tues., April 28
Sausage & Black Bean
Caribbean Chicken Pizza. $13.95
Beef Marsala Stuffed Peppers w/ Grilled Asparagus
Regina Pale Ale
Wed., April 29
Curried Sweet Potato
Roast Beef Melt on French
Rosé Chicken Lasagna
Dungarvon Irish Red Ale
Thur., April 30
Venetian Rice & Pea
Philly Chicken Panini
Beef Stir Fry
Fri., May 1
Mixed Mushroom Purée w/ Sherry
Sat., May 2
Smoked Salmon Frittata
Steak & a Pint. $17.95