THE WAKKER WEEKLY
Issue #1605 – Posted on: 1-November-2021
BREWERY “HOP”PENINGS! Bushwakker Head brewer, Michael Gaetz, reports his very popular Blood Orange Blonde Ale is now on tap and in our offsale! Our Summer Wheat is running quite low but is still on tap and in our offsale cooler. A batch of Dark Cherry & Blackberry Ale is also working its way through the brewery.
Growler fills are available and we have partially resumed our customer personal keg filling services. Lager keg fills are not available at this time but all Bushwakker ales are available. Our lagers need a couple more weeks of aging time before they will be ready.
Our GUEST TAP is currently pouring a WHITE IPA from Pile O’ Bones Brewing. This will be followed by a LEMON LIME IPA from Black Bridge Brewery.
In addition to taking our beer home in glass bottles and 2 litre jugs direct from our pub, you can find a varying selection of 650 ml bottles of Bushwakker beer in ALL SIX REGINA SLGA stores.
We regret to announce that we will not be presenting our annual Single Malt Scotch Tasting event for the second year in a row. The uncertainty associated with the pandemic makes it very difficult to plan for any large events. Here’s hoping we can bring our big scotch tasting back in 2022!
NOVEMBER PREMIUM WINE FEATURES. Seeing as there will be no Bushwakker scotch tasting event this month, we thought we’d offer a scotch-inspired red. It is Jacob’s Creek Double Barrel Shiraz from Australia. Finished in aged scotch whiskey barrels for added richness and complexity. The white is The Ned Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand. Both are $8.95 for a glass and $23.95 for a half litre.
Our Weekend Special on October 29th and 30th will be POACHED SALMON W/ BUTTERNUT SQUASH RICE PILAF for $21.95. Our Saturday CLASSIC STEAK & A PINT SPECIAL will also be available. Our Monday and Wednesday WINGS & A PINT SPECIAL and Tuesday PIZZA & A PINT SPECIAL are also a great value deal.
Hard to believe our 2021 BLACKBERRY MEAD RELEASE DAY is just over a month away! Can’t wait for December 4th! Our ADVANCE ONLINE CURBSIDE PICKUP ORDERING WEBPAGE is coming back due to popular demand and will be set to launch on November 1st! Visit bushwakker.com/mead2021 No standing in line and no long waits. Just choose your pickup time, pull up to the rear of the building, pop your trunk, we’ll load you up with bottles of mead and you drive away. So slick!
Our next monthly edition of FIRST FIRKIN FRIDAY takes place on Friday, November 5th at 5:30 PM. A cold pressed espresso and vanilla- infused dark ale is rumoured to be in development for the big tapping! Stay tuned!
BUSHWAKKER “FOURTH WAVE – NEW NORMAL” NOTES
We are open Monday – Thursday from 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM. The kitchen closes at 9:30 PM and last call is at 10:15 PM. NEW! Fridays and Saturdays we are open from 11:00 AM until Midnight. The kitchen is open until 10:30 PM and last call is at 11:15 PM. Live music fans can enjoy our Monday Night Jazz & Blues and Wednesday Folk Night performances from 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM.
This fall the government of Saskatchewan announced that mandatory masking would return immediately to all indoor spaces. Please be sure you are wearing a mask upon entering and leaving Bushwakker and even if you just need to get up to use the washroom. Masks are not required when you are seated and are eating or drinking. If you forget to bring a mask, we can provide you with a new one.
The government also recently expanded their proof of vaccination or a government recognized recent negative Covid test health order. This is now not only required for in-house dining but also for offsale beer purchases. Don’t delay and get your vaccination proof in order today!
Reservations are accepted and encouraged. We accept a limited number of reservations as late as 6:00 PM every day except Fridays. Fridays we accept reservations as late as 3:00 PM. Call us at 306-359-7276 to secure your table. We are now also able to accommodate larger groups. Our two banquet rooms are also available for private parties. Call Kelly at 306-359-7276 to book either our main floor Arizona Room or basement Clubroom.
Please continue to practice safe health measures. 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.
Nov. 1: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. THE MINISTRY OF GROOVE. Great 70’s jazz funk and more! 8:00 – 10:00 PM.
Nov. 3: Wednesday Folk Night. HUMMINGBIRD CROSSING. Traditional and modern bluegrass, gospel and acoustic folk act makes their Bushwakker debut. 8:00 – 10:00 PM.
Nov. 3: MONTHLY ALES MEETING. If you are looking to improve your skills as a homebrewer or just want to sit in with people who have a passion for creating great beer, then the ALES Club is for you! Meetings are held in the Bushwakker basement clubroom on the first Wednesday of each month at 8:00 PM. New members are always welcome!
Nov. 8: Monday Night Jazz & Blues. BACK TO THE BLUES WITH THE REAL RON LOOS. This former frontman of Regina’s popular rock act, The Toasters, first began his music journey in the world of blues. A special show revisiting his humble beginnings. 8:00 – 10:00 PM.
Nov. 10: Wednesday Folk Night. THE LINCOLN LOGGERS. Lumberjack-themed group delivers their quirky unique brand of upbeat folk music. 8:00 – 10:00 PM.
Nov. 13: SASK VS EDMONTON. The final regular season Rider home game will see the Green & White host the newly rebranded Edmonton Elks at 3:00 PM. Enjoy our gourmet EDMONTON BURGER & A PINT for only $21.95. Come “devour” the competition!
Saskatchewan is home to some of Canada’s best craft beers. Craft breweries have revitalized Saskatchewan communities and neighbourhoods, and become a vital part of the province’s economy and culture. Plan your tour and visit one of the many breweries listed at https://www.tourismsaskatchewan.com/exploresask-craft-beer-flight Check in to all 13 locations and get a custom designed Little Town Apparel t-shirt.
Our new Bushwakker Online Ordering Page is now live on our website! You can order everything from our food menu as well as our Bushwakker brews and even select the time you’d like to pick up your order. Visit https://bushwakker.com/shop-2021/ and give it a try! Of course, you can continue to place your orders by calling us at 306-359-7276. We still love to hear your friendly voices.
From Brewers Journal Canada
Barley plays a major role in beer production and the Prairie provinces are known for being the biggest suppliers of this grain. However, this year brought a severe drought that scorched most of the Prairies, having a devastating impact on crops, in turn causing the price of barley (and beer) to go up.
Spencer Hilton, a farmer with plants on his property near Strathmore, Alta., about 55 kilometres east of Calgary, says he normally has crops that reach his knees, but this year is a different story.
“You can see that the crop is very sparse,” he said. “This is what happens when the crop gets so stressed, as it was during that massive heat dome.”
With the summer months hitting record high temperatures, some over 35 C, the cool weather barley would normally thrive in, did not do so well. Hilton’s crop will produce about a quarter of his normal year’s intake.
“What we’re hearing from the barley organizations and the barley farmers themselves is that this is ultimately going to affect the supply of barley that’s available to maltsters, and as a result, the supply of malt barley that’s available to Canadian brewers,” said Luke Chapman, vice president of federal affairs for Beer Canada, an industry association representing about 55 Canadian brewing companies.
Statistics Canada recently released crop estimates that show barley production is estimated to be down by about 27 per cent compared to 2020.
“And as we know, when supply gets reduced, the price is likely to go up, which will ultimately likely have an impact on beer prices across Canada over the next year.”
Hilton normally sells his barley for about $6 or $7 a bushel — this year the price has risen to $10.
A man asked his doctor if he thought he’d live to be a hundred. The doctor asked the man, “Do you smoke or drink?”
“No,” he replied, “I’ve never done either.”
“Do you gamble, drive fast cars, and fool around with women?” inquired the doctor.
“No, I’ve never done any of those things either.”
“Well then,” said the doctor, “what do you want to live to be a hundred for?”
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