THE WAKKER WEEKLY
Issue #1573 – Posted on: 22-March-2021
BREWERY “HOP”PENINGS! Bushwakker Head brewer, Michael Gaetz, reports our seasonally available Irish Coffee Stout, Red Currant Ale, Chinook ESB and 30th Anniversary American Barleywine are currently on tap! There are also 13 other year round brews to choose from making a total of 17 Bushwakker brews currently available.
Our MARCH PREMIUM WINE FEATURES are from the Luigi Bosca Winery in Argentina. The red is the La Linda Old Vines Malbec. The white is the La Linda Sweet Viognier. Both are $7.95 for a glass and $21.95 for a half litre.
This Weekend’s Special Dining Feature on March 19th and 20th is a STUFFED BISON BURGER for $19.95. Our Saturday CLASSIC STEAK & A PINT SPECIAL for $21.95 will also be available.
In addition to taking our beer home in glass bottles, 2 litre jugs and growler fills direct from our pub, you can find a varying selection of 650 ml bottles of Bushwakker beer in ALL SIX REGINA SLGA stores.
FESTIVE FISH GOOD FRIDAY! Friday, April 2, 2021. The biggest day of the year for Fish & Chips! Ensure you don’t miss out and order yours in advance for takeout online. Visit bushwakker.com/fishfriday and choose from either our classic award-winning Alaskan Cod in Stubblejumper Pils beer batter or our special Chico IPA battered Halibut with jalapeno tartar sauce. Select your pick up time and you are done like dinner!
PRAIRIE DOG MAGAZINE BEST OF FOOD 2021 nominations are now open! We’ve got some tasty new categories on the menu for you to weigh in on while a few others are taking a break this year. The open nomination round runs through March 15th with top nominees moving onto the voting round on March 22. So sharpen up your keyboards, make your picks and show some love for your favourites in our local food and beverage community. https://prairiedogmag.com/best-of-food-2021/#//
Fundraising Opportunity! Although we have suspended our in-house Steak Night Fundraisers, we now offer a unique PIZZA & A “PINT” takeout fundraising event on Mondays. Pizza & Pint Pick Up. BUSHWAKKER AWARD-WINNING PUB PIZZAS! Prepared with our own handmade herbed pizza crust. 8” on regular thickness crust with hearty toppings! (Typically feeds 1-2 ppl). Includes your choice of one 650ml bottle of Bushwakker beer!
Learn more or register your group for a hassle-free and unique fundraising experience at Bushwakker Brewing: Pizza & Pint Pick Up | Fundraisn
BUSHWAKKER “NEW NORMAL” NOTES
We appreciate your business very much! Due to our greatly reduced seating capacity, we ask that customers limit their dining time so as many people as possible can comfortably enjoy our Real Saskatchewan Brewpub Experience, especially if we have a line-up! Thank you for your co-operation and support.
We are very appreciative of the considerable increase in the number of our takeout food orders. Every little bit helps during these challenging times. Because we do not have many tables to spare for customers to use while they wait for their takeout orders, we kindly ask you place your orders ahead of time by calling us at 306-359-7276 so that we can have your order ready upon your arrival. We have added additional waiting spaces in our back common area. Just stand on a red “X” and we will bring your takeout order to you as soon as it is ready. We also can provide curbside pickup. Just let us know when you will be arriving at out back door and we’ll run it out to you. Thank you for your understanding and continued support.
We ask that our customers do not alter the position of our tables. We are required by the Saskatchewan Health Authority to have our tables placed three meters apart. We have measured the correct spacing so that we can maximize the numbers of tables present while complying with this health order. Thank you for your understanding and co-operation. It has been quite an adjustment to see our number of tables be reduced from a whopping 64 to a mere 19. Nevertheless, we remain grateful for being allowed to offer in-house dining during this challenging time.
Our Hours of Operation have changed. We are now open even earlier! Monday to Thursday from 11:00 AM until 9:00 PM and the kitchen closes at 8:00 PM. Fridays and Saturdays we open at 11:00 AM and close at 10:00 PM. Kitchen closes at 9:00 PM. We are still closed on Sundays at this time. Our takeout food and beer services will continue to be made available.
Reservations are accepted and encouraged. We accept reservations as late as 6:00 PM from Monday to Saturday. Call at 306-359-7276 to secure your table. Please note under the new provincial guidelines the maximum number of people who can be seated at the same table is now limited to four. Larger reservations must occupy more than one table and maintain three meters of physical distancing between each table.
Please continue to practice safe health and social distancing practices. Remain connected to one another and to us! In addition to this weekly newsletter, we are very active on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Check-in with us often as we navigate these continually evolving times together. Try to support local businesses whenever possible. Be vigilant in your resolve to protect yourselves which in turn will protect others. Please don’t let your guard DOWN so the province can open back UP!
The Intoxicating Rise of Quebec’s Zero-Alcohol Beer Market
Beers containing less than 0.5% are becoming popular and better tasting
Elias Abboud · CBC News
Stéphane Duchesne likes to tell the story of one particular client at his Magasin Général de Castelnau, in Montreal’s Villeray Borough.
The client, whose elderly father would come over for dinner, liked to indulge in a few cold ones with his meal.
The son, not wanting his father to drink and then drive home, would pop into Duchesne’s shop and load up on zero-alcohol beers, which contain less than 0.5 per cent alcohol.
“[The father] thinks he’s drinking real beer. So he can drive back to Laval, no sweat, and the son can sleep soundly,” recalled Duchesne.
Today’s microbrew near-beer scene is far from what it used to be as recently as five or six years ago.
There were only a few options, likely produced by a major brewery, and they often tasted like insipid, uninspired attempts at beer.
That’s not the case today. Duchesne has roughly 15 different types of zero-alcohol beer in the antique, wood-lined fridges in his shop. Quebec microbreweries are pumping out a wide range of zero-alcohol beers, ranging from stouts to IPAs to blondes.
“Before it was a sugary beer, they weren’t able to put the hops in it. Today a [non-alcoholic] beer without hops is almost impossible,” said Duchesne.
Now, he says his non-alcoholic microbrews are among his best sellers.
“What’s interesting nowadays is that you can purchase a non-alcoholic beer that has all the flavour and details of a craft beer and made only with four ingredients,” said Sébastien Paradis, vice president of the Association des microbrasseries du Québec.
“In the craft world, we pride ourselves on making beer with four ingredients, which are malt, yeast, the hops and water.”
The segment is gaining in popularity. More and more people are reaching for the zero beers when looking for a refreshment, thanks in part to how the microbreweries have embraced the challenge.
“I’ve been talking to people who have drunk non-alcoholic beers for 15 or 20 years that said it was a boring thing to do. You’d almost hide your non-alcoholic beer,” said Paradis.
“Nowadays, it’s actually pleasant to drink a non-alcoholic beer because the craft segment got interested in the category and started making beers that taste like cereals and like hops.”
TIME OUT – The Birch and the Beech
Two tall trees, a Birch and a Beech, are growing in the woods. They talked to each other for years then one day a small tree begins to grow between them, and the Beech says to the Birch, “I bet that a son of a Beech!” The Birch tree says “No, I bet it’s a son of a Birch!’ They started to argue constantly about if it was a Son of a Beech or a Son of a Birch.
Just then, a Woodpecker lands by the trees near the sapling. The Birch tree says to the Woodpecker, “Hey Woodpecker, you are a tree expert. Can you tell if that is a son of a Beech or a son of a Birch?’
The Woodpecker says “I’ll try but I do need permission from the young tree sapling”. The young tree says, “ever since I was born I’ve wondered if I was the son of that Beech or the son of that Birch because of arguing between them. In fact it will be nice to finally know what I am!”
The woodpecker takes a taste of the small tree. He replies, “It not a son of a Beech”. The Birch tree says “I told you so; it’s a son of a Birch!” The woodpecker replies back “It’s not a son of a Birch either. It is, however, the best piece of Ash I have ever put my pecker in.”
Our server’s sections are considerably larger than they were last year. Having our tables three meters apart means a lot more distance must be covered every shift. Britt was surprised when her walking app measured she had hustled over 22 kilometers during a recent Saturday shift. Stay fit and stay safe everyone!!