THE WAKKER WEEKLY - Issue #1319 - Posted on: 09-May-2016
BUSHWAKKER NEWSOur May premium wine features are both VQA wines from British Columbia. The red is Conviction Dreamers & Schemers (Merlot/Cabernet Franc) and the white is Conviction Movers & Shakers (Gewurztraminer/Sovereign Opal.) Both are $7.95 for a glass and $22.95 for a half litre. Our guest tap is currently pouring the hoppiest offering ever to come from Prairie Sun Brewing in Saskatoon. Their Mad Hopper IPA makes its Bushwakker debut. 75 IBU. $7.95 for a pint. Next up we will tap a brand new seasonal offering from Nokomis Craft Ales, a Smoked Amber Ale. Following that we have a new Imperial Stout from Black Bridge Brewery in Swift Current. The Bushwakker is now OPEN ON SUNDAYS from Noon to Nine. Enjoy our Sunday Steak & a Pint feature. Lots of folks coming in for growler fills with smiles on their faces! We’re even seeing some private room bookings too. Hmmm…looks like our Sunday openings were long overdue! Your Bushwakker has been the recipient of many very positive reviews on TripAdvisor in recent months. Consequently we are now number 4 out of 434 in consumer preferences for Regina. We take the opportunity to thank all those reviewers who have brought us to this level, and, of course, for those who have not reviewed us yet, we can never see too many positive reviews.
Fellow Dark Chicken People “Your Turn has Finally Come!”Bev Robertson, Bushwakker Brewpub president Are you one of those people, like me, that prefer dark chicken and turkey meat and wishes that restaurants would want our business? Polls show that roughly half of any population say they prefer white chicken meat, about 30% prefer dark and 20% have no preference. However, and for whatever reason, at least 75% of my family and the people I know socially seem to prefer dark meat. Some of those who prefer white meat just don’t like the flavour of dark meat. Many people make their preference white meat because of an assumption that white meat is healthier. Indeed, white meat has less fat and cholesterol, which is associated with the reason some of us prefer the flavour of dark meat. The difference is not large but for people who eat only chicken this could become important. White meat is almost pure protein. Dark meat contains protein but it also contains many ingredients essential to health, such as vitamins, riboflavin and niacin, amino acids and various trace elements such as iron, all of which are needed by the body. So which is more healthy for you will depend on your own particularly body chemistry and eating habits. But restaurants consistently cater to the 70% who only eat white meat or who will eat white meat and make it clear to the remaining 30% that we should go suck a lemon. I should add that I have found white meat dishes that I liked in some restaurants, such as a walnut-crusted breast in a capers and baby shrimp sauce, cooked perfectly to be still juicy and tender. There are some subtle reasons beyond a lack of awareness of our needs that mitigate against serving dark meat. For instance, dark meat, thigh or leg, usually comes with a bone, and meat with a bone takes too long to cook for restaurant use, and if partially cooked and then finished when ordered, would lose moistness. The Bushwakker is entering into an experiment. How many other dark meat eaters are out there who feel frustrated by not being able to order chicken dishes in any restaurant. Our Ciabatta Chi-Chi and our Greek Chicken Wrap are now offered with a choice of dark or white meat. The dark meat will be from skinless and boneless thigh pieces. So then, if you prefer dark meat and are frustrated that restaurants ignore you, this is your chance to make a point, by ordering our Ciabatta Chi-Chi or our Greek Chicken Wrap with the dark meat choice. If sales don’t support the extra cost of offering a choice, that choice will disappear. If, on the other hand, demand is strong you will see it expanded to other Bushwakker chicken menu items.
BUSHWAKKER EVENTSMay 6: FIRST FIRKIN FRIDAY. Enjoy this popular and longstanding Bushwakker tradition. A small keg of specially created beer is paraded throughout the brewpub lead by a piper from the Regina Police Services Pipes and Drums. A volunteer tapper is selected to wield the handmade wooden maul affectionately named, “The Mighty Firkin Wakker” and attempt to tap the firkin in one mighty blow. Squirting suds and screams of delight/horror often follow as many folks in the immediate vicinity receive a beer shower. Although our last few tappings have been very clean and little beer has been lost. Don’t miss this month’s tapping edition at 5:30 PM. May 7: BIG BREW DAY. The ALES Club and the Bushwakker Brewpub continue this longstanding tradition of celebrating craft beer. Members of the club join Bushwakker head brewer, Mitch Dalrymple, in brewing a special beer in which they have worked collaboratively. May 9: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. LITTLE CHICAGO. Veteran bluesman, Ray Eberle, leads this powerful blues trio. 8:00 PM. May 11: Wednesday Night Folk. THE RYAN HICKS TRIO. Ryan brings the sunshine with a fun blend of covers and songs from his debut album, "Prairie Ocean." 9:00 PM. May 16: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. WHITEBOY SLIM. Veteran blues musician combines traditional and current sounds to create genuinely modern music. 8:00 PM. May 18: Wednesday Night Folk Night – Special Edition. KATIE MILLER. Saskatchewan singer songwriter Katie Miller will be throwing a CD Release Party at tonight’s show for her newly released contemporary folk-rock album, “A New Day.” 9:00 PM. May 19: HEALTH SCIENCES PUB: GOOD FOR WHAT “ALES” YOU! The second presentation from a group of health science researchers at the University of Regina. Join us in the Bushwakker Arizona Room at 7:00 PM. Only 50 seats will be made available. No cover charge. The room opens at 5:00 PM so come down early in order to get a good seat and perhaps a meal before the presentation. This month's lecture is entitled, Your Aging Brain: Why We Forget What We Are Talking About. Ever wonder why we tend to forget as get older? We often brush it off, not realizing the implications this can have on our daily health and everyday lives. In this talk Dr. Buttigieg and Dr. Novik discuss their research on the aging brain and implications from both the basic biomedical perspective and the social health perspective. Dr. Buttigieg is a neurophysiologist at the U of R. As a researcher, he is interested in what happens when the brain is damaged (eg. stroke and traumatic brain injury) and how we can use stem cells to repair the damage. Various diseases such as stroke initiate a series of events that eventually lead to cognitive impairment. What's even more scary is that most people don't realize they even had a stroke. Dr. Novik is with the Faculty of Social Work at the U of R, and is a member of Saskatchewan Population Health and Evaluation Research Unit (SPHERU). This large SPHERU research team includes researchers from both U of R and U of S. Dr. Novik will discuss findings from an extensive team research program focusing upon rural healthy aging in place. In addition, she will discuss the results of her own research with older adults which specifically examines the impacts of social isolation on both the cognitive health and mental health of seniors. May 21: THE POET LAUREATE’S POETRY & A PINT PRESENTATION. The Saskatchewan Poet Laureate Program was the first provincial program of its kind in Canada. The Saskatchewan Arts Board, Saskatchewan Book Awards, and the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild are partners in the program, which is under the patronage of the Lieutenant Governor, Her Honour the Honourable Vaughn Solomon Schofield. Enjoy a Saturday afternoon of poetry readings from some of Regina and area’s established and up-and-coming writers including: Eric Greenway, Shelley Banks, Courtney Bates-Hardy, Brenda Niskala and Coby Stephenson. Hosted by Gerald Hill, Poet Laureate of Saskatchewan. 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM.
I f you have ever wished you could enjoy a pint of Bushwakker beer while visiting an art gallery, your wish has finally come true, but only for a limited time. We see many similar objectives behind why this art installation (see below) was created and why your Bushwakker was opened over a quarter century ago.
TIME OUTMacGregor walks into a barber shop and demands a straight razor shave and a shoeshine. The barber lathers him up and begins to give him a shave. The most beautiful woman he has seen in a while walks up and starts his shoeshine. MacGregor said, "Young lady, you and I should go spend some time in a hotel room." She replied, "I'm married and my husband wouldn't like that." MacGregor says, "Tell him you're working overtime and I'll pay you the difference." She said, "You tell him; you're closer."
Our New Fresh Pasta Weekend Feature is Mexican Sausage Mole. $16.95 (Beer Pairing: Chico IPA).
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., May 6
Cream of Zucchini Basil
Corn Beef on Pumpernickel
Carolina BBQ Baby Back Ribs
Premium Pale Ale
Sat. May 7 & Sun. May 8
Steak & a Pint. $17.95
Mon., May 9
Pasta & Meatball
Grilled Cheese w/ Kale Slaw
Feta Stuffed Chicken
Last Mountain Lager
Tues., May 10
Mediterranean Pizza. $13.95
Beef Money Bags w/ Root Vegetable Salad
Premium Pale Ale
Wed., May 11
Black Bean Sour Cream
Watermelon & Pork Tacos
Chili Ginger Trout w/ Sesame Rice & Stir-Fry Veg
Cheryl’s Blonde Ale
Thur., May 12
Philly Cheesesteak on Bannock. $13.95
Korean Pork Rice Bowl w/ Kimchi Remoulade
Northern Lights Lager
Fri., May 13
Mediterranean Seafood Chowder
Heirloom Tomato & Fresh Mozzarella Bruschetta. $13.95
Carpetbagger w/ Horseradish Mashed & Grilled Chef’s Veg. $16.95
Sat. May 14 & Sun. May 15
Steak & a Pint. $17.95