THE WAKKER WEEKLY
Issue #1530 – Posted on: 25-May-2020
BREAKING NEWS! Phase three of the Re-Open Saskatchewan economic plan was announced on Thursday. If we all behave ourselves and continue safe health practices, we will be able to see you on Monday, June 8th at a 50% seating capacity. We now begin the work of fine-tuning our plan on how we will serve you safely and efficiently.
Opening our kitchen on Fridays and Saturdays with a constantly changing limited takeout menu seems to be working for all involved. Lots of folks are also happy to see our offsale is open so they can get their hands on a nice variety of Bushwakker brews. So we shall maintain this new normal and will be open for takeaway food service on May 22nd and 23rd from 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM. Our offsale will open even earlier from Noon – 7:00 PM. We very much appreciate your enthusiastic support. No cash please. No growler fills. As part of our social distancing measures, customers will be required to enter the brewpub from the north entrance of the building and then exit through our front doors. Takeout food orders can be placed by calling us at 306-359-7276 starting at noon each day. Sorry, no delivery service is available. Our fourth limited takeout weekend menu offerings are found below.
A longshot. We certainly hope this particular brew will makes an appearance this year!
THIS WEEK’S BUSHWAKKER TAKEOUT MENU
Friday, May 22nd and Saturday, May 23rd: Kitchen open 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM.
Offsale open Noon – 7:00 PM.
Phone: 306-359-7276 starting at Noon each day to place food orders.
DELUXE MEXI BURGER $19.95
Your choice of a ground chuck, or a veggie patty or a charbroiled chicken breast. Topped with salsa, guacamole, chipotle mushroom relish, bacon, cheddar and mozzarella.
CLASSIC WAKKER BURGER $17.95
Topped with cheddar, bacon, lettuce, tomatoes and red onions. Choose from a beef or bison patty or a charbroiled chicken breast.
*All burgers are served with a side of hand-cut fries or Caesar salad. Gluten-free bun $2.00.
SIGNATURE FISH & CHIPS $21.95
Stubblejumper Pilsener battered cod fillets, served with hand-cut fries or Caesar salad and fresh tartar sauce.
CHICKEN FINGERS $15.95
Tender pieces of breaded chicken with our honey dill dip. Served with your choice of hand-cut fries or Caesar salad.
PHILLY CHEESE STEAK $17.95
Tender shaved roast beef piled high on a hoagie bun and topped with bell peppers, red onions, mozzarella and monterey jack cheese. Served with hand-cut fries or Caesar salad.
WAKKER QUESADILLA $15.95
Sautéed mushroom, onion, bell and banana pepper, with tomato and cheese, and your choice of chicken, spicy beef or veggie. Served with salsa, sour cream and guacamole.
POPULAR PUB PIZZAS
Prepared with our own handmade herbed pizza crust. No substitutions please. Gluten-free crust available in limited quantities.
MEXICAN CHICKEN $17.95
Marinated roja chicken breast, bacon, green peppers, mushrooms, red onions, cheddar and monterey jack cheese with a charred jalapeno pizza sauce.
CLASSIC PEPPERONI, HAM, MUSHROOM & GREEN PEPPER $16.95
Chef Mike’s favourite pie!
BLACKENED CHICKEN CAESAR SALAD $17.95
Crisp romaine lettuce tossed with our special dressing, topped with croutons, parmesan cheese and blackened chicken breast. Served with garlic toast.
FAMOUS HANDCUT BUSHWAKKER FRIES $7.95 GRAVY $3.00
DESSERTS – A Pecan Lover’s Weekend!
TURTLE CHEESECAKE $9.00
KENTUCKEY BOURBON PEACAN PIE $9.00
Decadent dessert! In these interesting times, many find comfort in our house-made cheesecakes. Last weekend’s Chocolate Porter Brownie Cheesecake provided many with much joy. This weekend we offer Turtle Cheesecake! Call us at 306-359-7276 starting at noon on Friday and Saturday to order yours!
Please continue to practice your safe social distancing practices and remain connected to one another and to us! Yes, we do indeed miss you! Try to support local businesses whenever possible. Be vigilant in your resolve to protect yourselves which in turn will protect others. Phase two of the re-opening of Saskatchewan’s economy is now underway. We look forward to re-opening our pub service area on June 8th at 50% capacity when phase three begins! The more disciplined we are at practicing safe conduct now, the sooner we will be together again in the future! We look forward to safely embracing the next phase.
Two litre bottles of Bushwakker Chico IPA, Dungarvon Irish Red Ale, Cheryl’s Blonde Ale and Stubblejumper Pilsener are now available for home delivery with the help of fellow Regina craft brewers, Pile O’ Bones Brewing. To place your order, just visit www.saskbeerdelivery.ca Don’t forget all six Regina SLGA stores offer a selection of Bushwakker bottled beers.
Brewers say they need relief as COVID-19 diminishes sales and production
Creeden Martell · CBC News
COVID-19 has ground the Saskatchewan craft beer industry to a halt, a shockwave felt throughout Canada. Brewers in Sask. say they’ve had to cut production as their customers, bars and restaurants, close up shop during the pandemic. (CBC)
Jeff Allport said his business Nokomis Craft Ales was just getting ready for St. Patrick’s Day — one of the busiest days of the year for bars — when the COVID-19 pandemic ground Saskatchewan’s economy to a halt.
The business, located in the town of Nokomis, relies heavily on sales to bars and restaurants in the form of kegs, with other revenue coming from sales of canned beer.
“We had about 70 or 80 tap accounts, that all of which essentially closed overnight. We lost all those sales,” Allport said. “That accounted for about 40 to 45 per cent of our sales.”
All of this happened during an expansion for the business, which also does not utilize tap rooms like some breweries in urban locations, he added.
Canned beer sales have picked up but not nearly enough to make up for the shortfall from kegs. Allport said the company brewed half the amount of beer last month that it normally would.
Craft beer sales have gone down across Canada with the Canadian Craft Brewers Association saying their survey suggest as high as 65 per cent of brewery staff have been laid off .
Nokomis had barely been able to keep up with demand last summer. In preparation for the upcoming summer, Allport said a significant capital investment was made.
The current focus amid a pinch on cash flow is brewing variety packs of mixed Nokomis beers for release next month.
“I think there is an impetus to support local during this time,” Allport said.
Some breweries ‘out in the cold’ in aid program gaps, brewer says
Craft beer is a growing industry in the province and brewers were anticipating more growth, according to Mark Heise. Now, they need relief.
Heise is the president of the Saskatchewan Craft Brewers Association and also the president of the Rebellion Brewing Co. in Regina. The company did not sell a single keg of draught beer in April and actually had to accept some returns, he said.
Aid programs from federal and provincial levels while helpful to most are not very accessible to businesses like craft breweries, he added.
“While we appreciate the privilege to have a licence to produce alcohol, we pay dearly for it,” Heise said.
Heise said breweries cannot reliably look to historical data due to the fast growing nature of the business. His business saw a 35 to 40 per cent drop in revenue during January, a typically slow time, Heise estimates.
April or May would typically result in 20 to 30 per cent more than the average earning, which some aid programs rely on to determine eligibility.
“That’s pretty tough to qualify for. It’s kind of leaving some of us out in the cold on some of the really good programs that could help us right now,” Heise said.
There are taxes specific to brewing and the volume of beer that could be waived from both levels of government that could provide relief, he said.
“Our industry will need further support if it is to survive in its present form,” said Rick Dalmazzi, executive director of the CCBA in a news release.
“I there was ever a time for beer lovers across the country to support their local craft breweries, it would be right now.”
TIME OUT – Pun-demonium
The fattest knight at King Arthur’s round table was Sir Cumference. He acquired his size from too much pi.
I thought I saw an eye-doctor on an Alaskan island, but it turned out to be an optical Aleutian.
She was only a whiskey-maker, but he loved her still.
A rubber-band pistol was confiscated from an algebra class, because it was a weapon of math disruption.
No matter how much you push the envelope, it’ll still be stationery.
A dog gave birth to puppies near the road and was cited for littering.
A grenade thrown into a kitchen in France would result in Linoleum Blownapart.
Two silk worms had a race. They ended up in a tie.
A hole has been found in the nudist-camp wall. The police are looking into it.
Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.
Atheism is a non-prophet organization.
Two hats were hanging on a hat rack in the hallway. One hat said to the other: ‘You stay here; I’ll go on a head.’
I wondered why the baseball kept getting bigger. Then it hit me.
A sign on the lawn at a drug rehab center said: ‘Keep off the Grass.’
The midget fortune-teller who escaped from prison was a small medium at large.
The soldier who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran.
A backward poet writes inverse.
In a democracy it’s your vote that counts. In feudalism it’s your count that votes.
When cannibals ate a missionary, they got a taste of religion.
If you jumped off the bridge in Paris, you’d be in Seine.
A vulture carrying two dead raccoons boards an airplane. The stewardess looks at him and says, ‘I’m sorry, only one carrion allowed per passenger.’
Two fish swim into a concrete wall. One turns to the other and says, ‘Dam!’
Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly, so they lit a fire in the craft. Unsurprisingly it sank, proving once again that you can’t have your kayak and heat it too.
Two hydrogen atoms meet. One says, ‘I’ve lost my electron.’ The other says, ‘Are you sure?’ The first replies, ‘Yes, I’m positive.’
Did you hear about the Buddhist who refused Novocain during a root-canal? His goal: transcend dental medication.
There was the person who sent ten puns to friends, with the hope that at least one of the puns would make them laugh. No pun in ten did.
Our pub plants are flourishing! Much thanks to our Cheryl for keeping them watered and serenading them with song!