THE WAKKER WEEKLY
Issue #1575 – Posted on: 5-April-2021
Wow! Thank you so much Regina! Your incredible enthusiasm and support has made this Festive Fish Good Friday the biggest day for Fish & Chips sales in our 30 year history! Our online pre-order page is now closed. You can call us on Friday at 306-359-7276 to place your takeout fish orders. Thank you!
The provincial government announced that Regina restaurants will be reduced to takeout only starting on March 28th. We don’t know how long these measures will be in place. We will offer our takeout food and beer Monday to Saturday from 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM for lunch and then from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM for supper. Our current full menu will continue to be made available. Our Monday and Wednesday Wings & a Pint Special, Tuesday Pizza & a Pint Special and Saturday Steak & a Pint Special will continue but you’ll get a glass bottle of Bushwakker beer to take home instead. Our popular Soup & Sandwich Specials will also remain in place. Curbside service will also be available. We will be open from 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM for our big Good Friday Fish & Chips Day on Friday, April 2nd. Call us at 306-359-7276 to place your takeout food orders. Our offsale cooler will be fully stocked too. Let’s get through this together Regina! We cannot tell you how much we appreciate your support throughout these very challenging times!
BREWERY “HOP”PENINGS! Bushwakker Head brewer, Michael Gaetz, reports our Red Currant Ale and Chinook ESB seasonal brews are currently available! There are also ten other year round beers in our offsale cooler. Keg fills are also available at this time. Sorry no growler fills.
APRIL OFFSALE PREMIUM WINE FEATURES. The red is Felicette Cats In Space Grenache from France. Raspberry and plum aromas, medium-bodied on the palate, soft and juicy. The white is Kona Pinot Gris from New Zealand. Fruit-driven yet balanced with gentle acidity.
Our Saturday CLASSIC STEAK & A PINT SPECIAL will be available for takeout. Instead of a pint of Bushwakker brew, you receive a 650ml glass bottle.
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.
Thanks to everyone who nominated us in 13 different categories in the 2021 edition of the Prairie Dog Magazine’s Best of Food Regina Awards! Those categories include: Best Brewpub, Best Pub, Best Downtown Pub, Best Covid-Adapted Restaurant, Best Beer Selection, Best Takeout, Best Business Lunch, Best Nachos, Best Pub Pizza, Best Local Burgers, Best Local Fries, Best Scotch Selection and Best Desserts. Help us turn those nominations into wins by voting at https://prairiedogmag.com/best-of-food-2021/#// until May 2nd. Thank you for your continued enthusiasm and support!
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
Our Hours of Operation will change on Monday, March 29th! On March 23rd the provincial government announced that Regina restaurants will be reduced to takeout only starting on March 28th. We will offer our takeout food and beer Monday to Saturday from 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM for lunch and then from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM for supper. We are closed on Sundays for now. Call 306-359-7276 to place your orders. We may adjust our hours of operation based on sales demand or lack thereof.
We kindly ask you place your takeout orders ahead of time by calling us at 306-359-7276 so that we can have your order ready upon your arrival. There is no seating available within the pub but we have placed various physically-distanced X’s throughout the pub where you can wait for your order. Just stand on a red “X” and we will inform you when your order 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.
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 Regina can open back UP!
By Jessica Robb Global News
The Molson Pilsner is a beer that many know and love. But many probably don’t know its origin story.
“Over time, it really has become associated with Saskatchewan,” said Belinda Crowson, president of the Lethbridge Historical Society. “And so there’s a need to remind people that it has a longer history than that.”
Fritz Sick, grandfather of the Molson Pilsner, moved to Lethbridge in 1901. Originally from Germany, he had a long history of working in breweries.
So, he started one in the province. It was called Alberta Brewing and Malting Co. One of his well-known early beers was called Alberta’s Pride.
Crowson said that Lethbridge is actually a perfect spot for a brewery.
“You need the beer, which is grown locally, you need good, clean water, which we have here, and you need skilled people, which [Fritz] certainly was,” Crowson said.
Over the next 15 years, Sick turned the brewery into a booming business. Crowson calls him one of Lethbridge’s early entrepreneurs.
That is until prohibition hit Alberta in 1916.
Hard times hit Sick and his business. But that didn’t stop him.
Sick expanded his business and bought more breweries. He changed the name to Associated Breweries of Canada Ltd. The breweries were all named “Sick’s” and identified by where they were located.
In 1926, two years after prohibition ended, Fritz launched what we would today call a successful marketing plan.
“He made this big fanfare,” said Crowson. “It was this beer that he had wanted to bring around for a very long time but he couldn’t introduce it until after prohibition was over.
“He said that the other breweries just didn’t care about their customers as much as he did, and they just didn’t have as much knowledge or experience.”
Enter, the Pilsner. The original label was designed by his daughter, Louise Sick. The top left has the “House of Lethbridge,” which identifies that the beer came from the Lethbridge brewery.
Across the label are different things Louise thought represented southern Alberta and the brewery.
“It represents a history of southern Alberta in many cases, but much of that you’d have to know Lethbridge history to understand,” said Crowson.
A little old lady was walking down the street dragging two plastic garbage bags behind her.
One of the bags was ripped and every once in a while a $20 bill fell out onto the sidewalk.
Noticing this, a policeman stopped her, and said, “Ma’am, there are $20 bills falling out of that bag.”
“Oh, really? Darn it!” said the little old lady “I’d better go back and see if I can find them. Thanks for telling me, Officer.”
“Well, now, not so fast,” said the cop.
“Where did you get all that money? You didn’t steal it, did you?”, he teasingly said with his eyebrow raised.
“Oh, no, no”, said the old lady.
“You see, my back yard is right next to a golf course. A lot of golfers come and pee through a knot hole in my fence, right into my flower garden. It used to really tick me off. Kills the flowers, you know. Then I thought, ‘why not make the best of it?’ So, now, I stand behind the fence by the knot hole, real quiet, with my hedge clippers. Every time some guy sticks his thing through my fence, I surprise him, grab hold of it and say, ‘O.K, buddy! Give me $20 or off it comes!’
“Well, that seems only fair,” said the amused and clearly unbelieving officer. He started to turn away and laughingly said. “So what’s in what’s in the other bag?”
“Well”, said the little old lady, “not everybody pays”…