THE WAKKER WEEKLY – Issue #1484 – Posted on: 08-Jul-2019
NEWS FROM THE BREWERY! Head brewer, Michael Gaetz, reports our seasonally available BOMBAY IPA, PREMIUM PALE ALE, BARON BOCK and GREAT NORTHERN GRAPEFRUIT RADLER are currently on tap. There are also batches of SUMMER WHEAT, CHICO LIGHT IPA, GRANNY’S BITTER, and BUSHVAR CZECH PILS working their way through the brewery.
Our July Premium Wine Features are from Italy. The white is Pasqua Pinot Grigio and the red is Cecchi Chianti Sangiovese. Both are $7.95 for a glass and $21.95 for a half litre.
Our GUEST TAP is currently pouring a small keg of RHUBARB CRUMBLE GOSE from Saskatoon’s High Key Brewing. Next up is CACTUS JOOSE New England IPA from Regina’s Malty National Brewing. This will be followed by a POMEGRANTE PALE ALE from High Key Brewing.
THE BUSHWAKKER GOODNESS IS SPREADING! ALL SIX REGINA SLGA stores are now offering a varied selection of Bushwakker beers in 650ml bottles. The Quance street SLGA store is also offering growler fills of our number one selling DUNGARVON IRISH RED ALE. Regina’s Urban Cellarseast location and Metro Liquor also offer a selection of our bottled beers.
July 5: SASKATCHEWAN SUMMER TOURIST BLACKBERRY MEAD RELEASE. We see hundreds of tourists come through our doors every summer and many of them are looking for our famous Blackberry Mead Christmas specialty melomel. For the first time in our 28 year history, we will make available approximately 100 bottles which will be sold individually. How long will they last? We have no idea! See you at 5:30 PM.
July 5: FIRST FIRKIN FRIDAY. To acknowledge today’s summer tourism release of a limited number of Bushwakker Blackberry Mead bottles, we will present a never-before-attempted firkin offering. Our MANGO MEAD is a braggot which blends both our famous Blackberry Mead with our new Mango Blonde Ale to create one incredible fruity summer experience. This once-in-a-lifetime firkin will be piped out by a member of the Regina Police Services Pipes & Drums and tapped at 5:30. Plan to arrive early in order to get a good seat!
July 6: SASK VS. CALGARY. The Riders will be looking for redemption after the pre-season thumping they received from the Stampeders. Help fuel their fire by “devouring” the competition with our gourmet CALGARY BURGER & A PINT SPECIAL for only $19.95! Kickoff is at 8:00 PM. Discover for yourself why we were recently voted as the best place in Regina for local burgers and local fries!
July 8: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. KEITH BOMPHRAY & FRIENDS. Talented act puts a few fun spins on some great jazz standards. 8:00 PM.
July 10: PETE EASTMURE. Fantastic Toronto singer/songwriter serves up Americana and folk in an encore performance!
July 15: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. DR. B AND THE BISCUIT. Old time jazz and roots duo from Vancouver make their Bushwakker debut. 8:00 PM.
July 17: Wednesday Night Folk. CASATI. Winnipeg folk and jazz trio play ukulele, guitar, double bass and hurdy-gurdy! 8:00 PM.
July 20: SASK VS BC. Kickoff is at 5:00 PM. Enjoy our gourmet BC BURGER & A PINT SPECIAL for only $19.95. Chef Mike is a big Lions fan so his game day burger feature should be “fiercely” delicious!
July 22: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. HENDRICKSEN n’ SON. Jazz standards and Broadway show tunes from father and son act. 8:00 PM.
July 24: Wednesday Night Folk. PROJECT : CONSTELLATION. Acoustic-folk-rock-punk-pop duo from Grand Forks, ND. Influenced by old Irish folk music to modern day punk. 8:00 PM.
July 29: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. BILLY HUGHES & THE INSTIGATORS. Veteran Regina bluesman and his rockin’ blues band are back for a summer performance! 8:00 PM.
July 31: Wednesday Night Folk. THE HOLMES SHOW. Local musician, Adam Holmes, presents a Variety Show featuring a number of singer/songwriters including: Kenny Berezowski, Shannon Drall, Charles Zielke, Slow Burn, and David Johnsen. 8:00 PM.
From John Mitchell Foundation/What’s Brewing
NORTH VANCOUVER, BC—Canada’s craft beer community is saddened by the death of its patriarch, Alexander John Mitchell, who recently passed away yesterday at age 89.
The story of John Mitchell represents the Genesis of craft beer in Canada. Born in Singapore in 1929, Mitchell was raised in England then emigrated to Canada when he was 24. He worked as a carpenter, a chef, a distinguished waiter and a bar manager at several internationally-regarded hotels. However it was his influence as an entrepreneur, publican and brewer that eventually established his place as the Grandfather of Canadian craft beer.
In November 1980, frustrated by recurrent BC brewery shutdowns and Big Beer’s lack of quality, Mitchell decided it was about time that his pub’s patrons, British Columbians and Canadians had access to a wider variety of ales. With Vancouver’s Expo 86 on the horizon, he reasoned, “These people are going to be coming from all over the world, and all we’ve got to serve them is this rubbish? You can’t have a good country without good beer”.
It was at that moment Mitchell decided to take a small action that planted the seed for a new brewing industry in Canada. Over the course of the next two years, Mitchell fought against the status quo, pushed for reformed laws, assembled a brewhouse and started making the kind of beer he’d been thirsting for.
In 1982, Mitchell fathered an economic and cultural revolution when he opened Canada’s first craft brewery in Horseshoe Bay, BC. With his tenacious spirit and a pioneering drive, John brewed ‘real ale’ in small batches using all-malt mash, whole-cone hops and open fermenters. He pronounced it the “best beer in Canada”. Mitchell’s reputation soon spread internationally, and letters poured in from aspiring brewery owners around the world asking for help.
In 1984, Mitchell opened Victoria’s famed Spinnakers, the first brewpub in North America. It was a concept he was sure would catch on, and he was right. Over the years, Mitchell would be involved in several other brewing projects.
As Canada’s original craft brewer, John Mitchell was more than a beer maker; he was an agent of change. The advances he pushed for ushered in a new era of government regulation that established the BC craft beer industry and paved the way for Canada’s other provinces to follow. Mitchell accomplished his objective of restoring draught beer “back to its days of glory”.
John Mitchell inspired a generation of new brewers and craft beer entrepreneurs. In 2016, his longtime friend and colleague John Ohler, along with Trading Post Brewing, established the John Mitchell Scholarship in order to benefit students of the Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) Brewing and Brewery Operations Diploma Program in Langley, BC. The Scholarship helps ensure that Canada’s next generation of craft brewers has the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in the industry Mitchell launched decades ago.
At the time of his death, Mitchell and Ohler were working on a new project named the John Mitchell Legacy Pub & Brewery. Plans for the proposed new brewery, slated to continue under the guidance of Ohler, incorporate elements of John Mitchell’s brewing approach in a state-of-the-art facility.
“Whenever and wherever a glass of fine micro-brewed ale is raised in this country, the first toast should always be to John Mitchell”.
TIME OUT- Senior Moments
“My memory is gone Mildred, so I changed my password to “Incorrect.” That way when I log in with the wrong password, the computer will tell me… “Your password is incorrect.”
Two elderly women were eating breakfast in a restaurant one morning. Ethel noticed something funny about Mabel’s ear and said, “Mabel, did you know you’ve got a suppository in your left ear? Mabel answered, “I have a suppository?” She pulled it out and stared at it. Then she said, “Ethel, I’m glad you saw this thing. Now I think I know where my hearing aid is.”
During a visit to my doctor, I asked him, “How do you determine whether or not an older person should be put in an old age home?”
“Well,” he said, “we fill up a bathtub, then we offer a teaspoon, a teacup and a bucket to the person to empty the bathtub.”
“Oh, I understand,” I said. “A normal person would use the bucket because it is bigger than the spoon or the teacup.”
“No” he said. “A normal person would pull the plug.
Do you want a bed near the window?”
Our July 5th – July 7th Weekend Special is: House-Made Mushroom Ravioli. $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.
Fri., July 5
Split Pea & Ham
Regina Pale Ale
Sat., July 6
Burger & a Pint. $19.95
Steak & a Pint. $21.95
Sun., July 7
Steak & a Pint. $21.95
Mon., July 8
Beef Taco in a Bowl
Blackened Chicken Penne
Cheryl’s Blonde Ale
Tues., July 9
Bacon, Chive & Perogy Pizza
Dungarvon Irish Red Ale
Wed., July 10
Korean BBQ Chicken Wrap
Thur., July 11
Pulled Pork Taco
Sous Vide Steak w/ Porter Pan Jus
Fri., July 12
Cream of Broccoli
Sodbuster Brown Ale
Sat., July 13
Steak & a Pint. $21.95
Sun., July 14
Steak & a Pint. $21.95
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.