THE WAKKER WEEKLY – Issue # 1470

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NEWS FROM THE BREWERY! Head brewer, Michael Gaetz, reports our seasonally available TWO SON’S MILK STOUT, BOW PROJECT AMARILLO S.M.A.S.H., FLEK’S CZECH DARK LAGER, CHINOOK ESB, and BLOOD ORANGE BLONDE ALE are currently on tap. There are also batches of PREMIUM PALE ALE, PICKARD’S OATMEAL STOUT and PONCE DE LEON FRUIT ALE working their way through the brewery.

 

Our GUEST TAP is now pouring the Imperial Sour Brown from Swift Current’s Black Bridge Brewery. This is one of the most exotic brews they have ever produced! The Super Sour Celebration continues because next up is the “No Power” Mandarin Sour from Regina’s Pile O’ Bones Brewing.

 

Time to vote is running out Regina! We are pleased to announce that you have nominated your Bushwakker in an unprecedented 20 categories in the 2019 edition of the Prairie Dog Magazine’s Best of Food Regina reader’s poll. Those nomination categories include Regina’s Best: brewpub, pub, pub server (Cheryl), bartender (Troy), chef (Mike), nachos, appetizers, soup, pub pizza, wings, business lunch, lunch restaurant, sandwich, burger, local fries, happy hour, caesar, restaurant for a first date, restaurant for a party AND restaurant for a fundraiser! Visit the voting site at http://www.prairiedogmag.com/best-of-food-2019/#// before April 8th and turn those nominations into victories! If you vote in at least 20 categories, you have a chance to win a $500 prize package from the Prairie Dog.

 

Our March premium wine features are the DUPLICATE WINES from Australia. The white is a Sauvignon Blanc and the red is a Shiraz. Both are $7.95 for a glass and $21.95 for a half litre.

 

650 ml glass bottles of our number one selling DUNGARVON IRISH RED ALE are currently available at ALL SIX SLGA stores including the Normanview, Quance Street, Broadway Avenue, North Albert Street, Dewdney & Lewvan and South Albert locations! It is also now available at Urban Cellars in Regina. ATTENTION SASKATOON RESIDENTS! You can find our Dungarvon bottles in the Saskatoon Metro Liquor store!

 

The Saskatchewan Craft Brewing Association’s membership breweries came together on Saturday, March 16th at District Brewing in Regina for the 4th annual SCBA collaboration brew! This year’s offering will be a very Saskatchewan stout.  Look for it around the province in late April.

Mar. 31Tickets to the April 27th BUSHWAKKER BREWER’S DINNER go on sale at noon today! Don’t miss out on the signature event of the Bushwakker Brewpub. A four-course meal in which each dish utilizes a unique beer as an ingredient and is paired with a unique beer to enhance the flavours of the food.  This year’s fun and festive dinner theme will be MARDI GRAS! This is one of Chef Mike’s favourite culinary styles. Tickets only $69.95 each. Cutting-edge beer cuisine awaits! This year’s menu is as follows:

 

COURSE ONE:

New Orleans Mini Chico Crab Cake
What a start! This “amuse-bouche” features an IPA Rock and Lump crabmeat cake with zesty remoulade aioli and garnished with micro greens.
Prepared with: Chico IPA
Served with: Bushwakker Lemon Radler

 

COURSE TWO:

Acadian Boudin with Maque Choux
Chili beer braised pork boudin served with Louisiana-style spicy corn maque choux.
Prepared with: Screamin’ Mosquito Chili Beer & Stubblejumper Pilsener
Served with: Premium Pale Ale

 

COURSE THREE:

Double Stout Cajun Striploin
An 8 oz. AAA milk stout marinated beef striploin in a Cajun rub with Shrimp Étouffée. Served with Red Beans & Rice and Creole green beans.
Prepared with: Two Sons Milk Stout
Served with: Pickard’s Oatmeal Cream Stout

 

COURSE FOUR:

Bananas Foster Blonde Beignet
A New Orleans treat! Soft, luscious and warm fried pastry topped with sautéed bananas and pecans in a brown ale wort reduction caramel sauce.
Prepared with: Cheryl’s Blonde Ale
Served with: Ponce de Leon blackberry/raspberry ale

 

Apr. 1: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. KEITH BOMPHRAY & FRIENDS. Talented act delivers a new twist on some old favourites. 8:00 PM.

Apr. 3: Wednesday Night Folk. THE STRANGE VALENTINES. An Australian and a Nova Scotian continue to sing about jerks in the world! 8:00 PM.

Apr. 3: MONTHLY ALES MEETING. Congratulations to the Ale & Lager Enthusiasts of Saskatchewan homebrewing club on receiving the maximum number of entries in their annual competition. In only two days 800 entries had been registered! A record number of entries in a record amount of time! Approximately 100 volunteers will take over the Bushwakker clubroom and basement brewery during Saskatchewan Craft Brewing Week which is held from April 22 to April 27. The April meeting will begin at 8:00 PM in our basement clubroom. This month’s presentation is HOPS, HOPS, HOPS. New members are always welcome.

Apr. 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 small 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 attempt to tap the keg in one swift blow! This month’s firkin will be Vanilla Creamsicle Blood Orange Blonde. The suds-soaking spectacular takes place at 5:30 PM.

Apr. 8: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. ‘ROUND MIDNIGHT. Veteran act plays great jazz standards and adult contemporary tunes. 8:00 PM.

Apr. 10: Wednesday Night Folk. SPRING SINGER/SONGWRITER SHOWCASE – A night of original song and drams of Bob Dylan. Local singing wordsmith, Neil Child, is joined by a number of Regina musicians who deliver original material as well as some special selections from Bob Dylan. 8:00 PM.

Apr. 11: HEALTH SCIENCE PUB – Move Your Body, Change Your Brain. The monthly Science Pub will take place one week this month. Our wildly popular Science Pub Series has returned for a seventh incredible season! Enjoy lectures on scientific topics of general interest in our Arizona Room (main floor banquet room) over beer and snacks. The room opens at 5:00 PM and quite often is full by 6:00 PM. Avoid disappointment and come down early for dinner and a pint before the presentation which begins at 7:00 PM. This month’s lecture will be presented by Dr. Cameron Mang.

Apr. 15: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. THE JAZZ BAND-ITS. The biggest band to grace the Bushwakker stage plays big band, jazz and swing. 8:00 PM.

Apr. 17: Wednesday Night Folk. THE RED WAGON GYPSIES. Acapella/acoustic harmonies from Angela Ell (who will be celebrating her birthday) and Tamara Scrimbit. It doesn’t get “folkier” than this! 8:00 PM.

Apr. 19: Open on Good Friday.

Brewers Association Unveils 2018 Rankings of Top US Brewing Companies     By: Chris Furnari

In March the Brewers Association released its annual rankings of the top U.S. beer companies based on projected 2018 sales volume.

Amongst BA-defined small and independent craft brewing companies – those businesses that make fewer than 6 million barrels of beer annually and are less than 25 percent owned by a non-craft brewer – Pennsylvania’s D.G. Yuengling & Son once again secured the top spot as the largest producer of craft beer in the U.S.

Boston Beer Company and Sierra Nevada Brewing ranked second and third, respectively, and the top seven-ranked breweries remained unchanged versus last year.

The Canarchy Craft Brewery Collective – which consists of Oskar Blues, Cigar City Brewing, Perrin Brewing, Utah Brewers Cooperative, Deep Ellum Brewing, and Three Weavers Brewing – moved up one spot, to eighth, while Stone Brewing fell one spot, to ninth.

Meanwhile, Oregon’s Deschutes Brewery held onto its 10th place ranking. In total, 16 of the top 50 craft breweries maintained their positions, while another six companies shifted ahead one place.

As in previous years, there were a few standout companies that made

significant gains.

Cincinnati’s Rhinegeist made the biggest leap forward last year, moving up an eye-catching 11 places (to 28th) from its ranking as the 39th largest craft brewery in the country in 2017, according to statistics published in the May/June issue of the BA’s New Brewer magazine.

“This is the most competitive market that we have ever seen,” Rhinegeist

co-founder Bryant Goulding told Brewbound. “It certainly gives us conviction that our double down in our backyard, our self-distribution and our regional awareness and focus is critical.”

According to Goulding, Rhinegeist did not open any new territories last year, and it grew production from 86,242 barrels in 2017 to 100,302 barrels in 2018.

Meanwhile, San Diego’s Modern Times Beer cracked the top 50 list for the first time, moving up 11 places, from 56th in 2017 to 45th in 2018.

Seattle’s Georgetown Brewing Company also officially moved into the top 50 for the first time with a net rank improvement of nine positions (from 51st in 2017 to 41st in 2018).

Avery Brewing, which sold a 30 percent stake to Mahou San Miguel and is no longer a BA-defined craft brewer, was ranked as the 50th largest craft brewing company in 2017. The company was omitted from our comparison of 2017 and 2018 rankings.

Two other companies – Indiana’s 3 Floyds Brewing and Massachusetts’ Wachusett Brewing Company also improved their positions by six places.

3 Floyds went from 45th on the 2017 list, to 39th on the 2018 list, while Wachusett moved from 49th to 43rd place.

“It was another year of growth for the Wachusett brand,” brewery president Christian McMahan told Brewbound, noting that the brewery grew from 64,000 barrels in 2017 to 69,000 barrels in 2018.

“As a legacy craft beer maker in New England, it’s great to have the core part of your portfolio growing, including our flagship Blueberry ale,” he added.  READ MORE

 

TIME OUT

 

A man is dining in a fancy restaurant, and there is a gorgeous redhead sitting at the next table. He had been checking her out since he sat down, but lacked the nerve to talk with her.

Suddenly she sneezes and her glass eye comes flying out of its socket towards the man. He reflexively reaches out, grabs it out of the air, and hands it back.

“Oh my, I am so sorry,” the woman says as she pops her eye back in place. “Let me buy you dessert to make it up to you.”

They enjoy a wonderful dessert together, and afterwards, the woman invites him to the theater followed by drinks. After paying for everything, she asks him if he would like to come to her place for a nightcap…and stay for breakfast the next morning.

The next morning, she cooks a gourmet meal with all the trimmings. The guy is amazed! Everything has been incredible!

“You know,” he said, “you are the perfect woman. Are you this nice to every guy you meet?”

“No,” she replies. “You just happened to catch my eye.”

This Weekend’s Special Dining Feature: Thai Coconut Salmon Bowl. $18.95

Soup & Sandwich Special is $13.95.  All hot specials are $16.95, except where noted, & include a serving of soup du jour, house, or Caesar salad.

 

 

  Soup Sandwich Hot Special Beer Pairing
Fri., Mar. 29 Cream of Cauliflower Blackened Chicken & Gouda Wrap Honey Glazed Ham Dungarvon Irish Red Ale
Sat., Mar. 30 Bushwakker Prime Rib Pretzel Bun Steak & a Pint. $19.95  
Sun., Mar. 31 Bushwakker Breakfast Quesadilla Steak & a Pint. $19.95  
Mon., Apr. 1 Red Pepper Bisque Mexi-Chicken Wrap Elvis Burger Two Son’s Milk Stout
Tues., Apr. 2 Chicken Noodle Cajun Pizza Balsamic Steak w/ Chive Mash Palliser Porter
Wed., Apr. 3 Mulligatawny Pulled Brisket Dip Mediterranean Baked Cod Regina Pale Ale
Thur., Apr. 4 Beef & Mushroom House-Made Corn Beef Reuben Chicken & Broccoli Penne Last Mountain Lager
Fri., Apr. 5 Creamy Potato Bacon Ham & Swiss Croissant Roasted Pork Roast w/ Stuffed Potato Sodbuster Brown Ale
Sat., Apr. 6 Bushwakker Breakfast Hash Steak & a Pint. $19.95  
Sun., Apr. 7 Bushwakker Steak Wrap Steak & a Pint. $19.95  

 

 

We strive to ensure all weekly specials and soups are made available. Product shortages or unforeseen circumstances may result in modification or even substitution of certain featured menu items.